After Conference Bye Week, CSUN Resumes Big West Action Against Cal Poly
April 15, 2010
A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK
Friday, April 9: Cal State Bakersfield 6, Matadors 3
Saturday, April 10: Cal State Bakersfield 5, Matadors 0
Sunday, April 11: Matadors 3, Cal State Bakersfield 2
Tuesday, April 13: Matadors 3, San Diego State 2
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Friday, April 16: vs. Cal Poly Matador Field Northridge, Calif. 3 p.m. PDT Gametracker/Radio
Saturday, April 17: vs. Cal Poly Matador Field Northridge, Calif. 1 p.m. PDT Gametracker/Radio
Sunday, April 18: vs. Cal Poly Matador Field Northridge, Calif. 1 p.m. PDT Gametracker/Radio
Friday: RHP Ryan Juarez (1-3, 4.45) vs. LHP Matt Leonard (0-4, 4.04)
Saturday: RHP Paul Tremlin (5-4, 6.15) vs. RHP DJ Mauldin (2-1, 7.89)
Sunday: TBD vs. TBD
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - After a week of non-conference games due to their bye week from Big West action, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (18-14, 0-3 BWC) will look for their first conference victory over the visiting Cal Poly Mustangs (9-21, 2-4 BWC) this weekend at Matador Field.
Friday's game will begin at 3 p.m., with games on Saturday and Sunday starting at 1 p.m. All three games will be available on GameTracker and broadcasted live over the internet (Cal Poly feed) at www.GoMatadors.com.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
After being swept in their three-game series in San Luis Obispo last season, with two of those losses taking place in walk-off fashion in extra innings, the Cal State Northridge Matadors will look to sweep the visiting Cal Poly Mustangs during this weekend's three-game series.
Coming off their bye week, CSUN will look to win their first conference game in 2010 against a Mustang squad that is 9-21 overall, 2-4 in the Big West, coming off a conference series against UC Santa Barbara that saw the Gauchos win two of three.
After winning 11 of 14 weekend series last season, Coach Larry Lee and his Mustangs are still looking for their first series triumph of the 2010 season. After being swept in their only conference series of the season, Northridge will look to not only earn their first conference win, but extend Cal Poly's streak for another week.
This series is a pivotal one for Cal Poly as they continue their way through a stretch of their schedule tha includes 14 of 17 games on the road, and conference series against Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, and UC Davis in the upcoming weeks.
Conversely, CSUN will end a very home-heavy portion of their schedule as the Matadors have played ten of their last 13 games in the friendly confines of Matador Field. Including this weekend, CSUN will have played 13 of their last 16 games in the Valley. Northridge holds a 111-91 advantage in the overall series, a series that initially began in 1959, the inaugural year of competition for the baseball program.
This Saturday, members of the 1970 and 1984 national championship-winning teams will return to Matador Field as part of our Day of Champions. Matador baseball alums will have a chance to take the field and workout with the team, share their experiences with current Matador baseball players, and will be honored in a pre-game ceremony prior to the start of the Matador Baseball game on Saturday, April 17th.
The 1970 baseball team was recently inducted into the Matador Hall of Fame last year for their successes on the diamond. Finishing with a 41-21 overall record, going 18-6 in conference action, the 1970 squad delivered the first national championship in the baseball program's history as they fought their way after dropping a game to a national championship in the double-elimination NCAA Division-II Baseball Tournament. Coached by Bob Heigert, the 70's team was the first of eight conference-winning squads, and the first to bring the hardware back to CSUN.
The other national championship-winning team was the other squad coached by Hiegert to go the distance as the 1984 team brought home additional championship hardware back to campus.
Even though that team finished in second place with a 46-21-1 overall record and a 20-10 conference record, the team finished the season winning 12 of their last 15 games played to leave Riverside as Division-II champions of the 1984 College World Series.
This weekend's cluster of games will mark the eighth time that the Matadors and the Mustangs have faced off against one another during Steve Rousey's tenure as head coach. During the previous seven series, the winner of the first game of the series has gone on to sweep the other on five of those occasions. The 2008 season was the last time Cal Poly visited Matador Field, with CSUN sweeping the series.
HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE
With his six inning, five-hit outing against Cal State Bakersfield last Sunday, senior Jimmy Jolicoeur earned his first win as a starting pitcher since 2008.
Since that season, Jolicoeur has served as both the primary middle reliever and closer for Coach Rousey.
HE KEEPS RUNNING, AND RUNNING, AND RUNNING
Prior to the Matadors' game against Cal State Bakersfield on April 9th, second baseman Ryan Pineda stole 15 straight bases without being caught. That mark is now a new team record for the most consecutive bases stolen before being caught, a streak that ended against the Roadrunners that Friday.
LEADING THE WAY
Entering the ninth week of the season, various Matadors can be found atop the Big West Conference in a variety of categories as of April 12th.
C.J. Belanger: .381 Batting Avg. (10th), .454 On-Base Pct. (8th), 43 Hits (T-5th)
Ridge Carpenter: 14 Walks (T-9th), 15 Stolen Bases (3rd)
Dominic D'Anna: .384 Batting Avg. (8th), .625 Slugging Pct. (2nd), .467 On-Base Pct. (7th), 28 Runs Scored (7th)
43 Hits (T-5th), 32 RBI's (T-3rd), 12 Doubles (T-1st), 5 Home Runs (T-5th), 70 Total Bases (5th),
16 Walks (T-5th), 246 Putouts (3rd)
Brad Decater: 4 Home Runs (T-9th)
Justin DeMarco: .584 Slugging Pct. (10th), 11 Doubles (T-4th), 17 Walks (4th)
Justen Gorski: 2 Runners Picked Off (T-3rd)
Jimmy Jolicoeur: 3 Saves (T-4th)
Ryan Juarez: 54.2 Innings Pitched (T-5th), .265 Opp. Batting Avg. (8th)
Drew Muren: 30 Runs Scored (5th), 15 Walks (8th), 9 Stolen Bases (5th)
Dominic Piazza: 7 Runners Caught Stealing (T-5th)
Ryan Pineda: .613 Slugging Pct. (3rd), 35 Runs Scored (2nd), 40 RBI's (1st), 9 Home Runs (1st),
76 Total Bases (2nd), 7 Hit-By-Pitches (T-5th), 16 Stolen Bases (3rd)
Paul Tremlin: 5 Wins (T-3rd)
IT'S A HIT!
Amongst their Big West counterparts, the Matador line-up is filled with some of the most consistent hitters in the conference.
With 14 multi-hit games under his belt, outfielder C.J. Belanger is tied for the fifth-highest amount in the conference trailing Pacific's Gary Brown and his mark of 18 (Pacific has not had their conference bye week)
First baseman Dominic D'Anna and second baseman Ryan Pineda are second and third in the conference with their respective ten and nine multi-RBI games, trailing Fullerton's Nick Ramirez and his 11 game total.
Sporting the longest Matador hit streak of the season at 18 games, D'Anna trails only Jeff Cusick from UC Irvine for the longest ht streak of any player in the conference as the latter currently possesses a 20 game streak.
I'LL TAKE THAT
With their 16-7 record heading into conference action, CSUN is off to their best 23-game start of a season within the Steve Rousey era, topping their previous mark of 12-11-1 set during the 2005 season. The 16-7 record set by the current team is the second-best start of any Northridge baseball team since joining the Big West conference in 2001, tying the mark set by the 2002 Big West Championship-winning squad that compiled a 16-7 record during the first 23 games of their respective season.
Below is a list of teams who crafted the best start to their season after 23 games.
1996: 20-3, WAC
1992: 17-5-1, N/A
1993: 17-6, WAC
2010: 16-7, Big West
2002: 16-7, Big West
1991: 15-7-1, N/A
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Beginning with their games against Sacramento State on March 26, the Matadors began a very home-heavy portion of their schedule.
In total, 16 of CSUN's 22 games (beginning on 3/26) will take place at Matador Field as Northridge will also face University at Albany, UC Irvine, Cal State Bakersfield, San Diego State, Cal Poly, and UC Davis before beginning a season-long seven-game road trip.
With the exception of last Friday's game in Bakersfield, the Matadors will compete at home for most of the month of April before traveling to Stockton for three games against Pacific from April 23rd-26th.