April 16, 2009

Matadors Continue Conference Action at Long Beach State

April 16, 2009

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Tuesday, April 14 • Northridge 3, Cal State Bakersfield 1

Friday, April 17 • Northridge at Long Beach State • Blair Field • Long Beach, Calif. • 6:30 p.m. PDT • Gametracker/Radio

Saturday, April 18 • Northridge at Long Beach State • Blair Field • Long Beach, Calif. • 2:00 p.m. PDT • Gametracker/Radio

Sunday, April 19 • Northridge at Long Beach State • Blair Field • Long Beach, Calif. • 1:00 p.m. PDT • Gametracker/Radio

ON THE MOUND

Friday • RHP Ryan Juarez (4-2, 5.48)  vs. LHP Adam Wilk (4-1, 3.02)

Saturday • RHP Justen Gorski (1-2, 3.05) vs. RHP Andrew Gagnon (2-4, 4.97)

Sunday • RHP Billy Ott (1-2, 7.07) vs. RHP Jake Thompson (2-5, 5.74)

LAST TIME OUT

Six Cal State Northridge (15-20) pitchers combined to allow only seven hits Tuesday afternoon as the Matadors defeated the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (8-24) by a score of 3-1.

Matador starter Paul Tremlin earned his fourth victory on the year while teammate Brian Slover picked up his fourth save in the process thanks to a two-run third inning that provided all the necessary offense for CSUN to earn their fifteenth victory of the season.

In that third inning for Northridge, their first two batters reached base as Justin DeMarco drew a walk before being joined on base by TS Reed who was hit-by-a-pitch. After each advanced one base due to a Roadrunner throwing error, DeMarco scored the first run of the game when Ryan Pineda grounded out to the third baseman. Another `Runner throwing error, committed by the third baseman this time in an effort to throw out Chris Hannick enabled Reed to scamper home without a play being made at the plate to stretch their initial lead to two runs

Bakersfield's most serious scoring opportunity took place in their half of the sixth inning when they were able to load the bases with two singles and a walk, all with zero outs in the inning.

Roadrunner outfielder Joey McIntyre's single to right field scored what would turn out to be the only run for his team all game; a head-up play and laser-like throw back to the infield prevented any extra runs from crossing the plate during McIntyre's at-bat.

What looked to be a routine sacrifice fly to left field in the very next at-bat turned into a scoring opportunity that was quickly eradicated thanks to the cannon-like arm of left-fielder Richard Cates as outfielder Joey Mills, who was on third base at that time, made a break towards home plate before being held up by his coach at third base due to Cates' throw to the plate.

Ryan "China" McCarney then emerged from the bullpen to close out the inning, a successful stint on the mound as he was able to prevent Bakersfield from tying the game.

Northridge would add an insurance run in the eighth inning DeMarco's double to left field was hit deep enough to the gap in left field to score Jeff Pruitt who ran full-steam from first base all the way around the diamond on the play to stretch CSUN's lead to 3-1.

Matador reliever Brian Slover would end up taking the mound in the ninth and face only four batters before earning his fourth save of the season, ending a two-game losing streak in the process.

MATADORS VS. LONG BEACH STATE

Coming off a come-from-behind victory against the Pepperdine Waves last Monday, the Long Beach State 49ers will host a three-game series this Friday-Sunday against the Matadors at Blair Field. With the teams currently occupying seventh and eighth place in the conference, games take on an added level of importance as both teams continue to jockey for position at the mid-way point of the season. Long Beach holds a 63-52 lead in the all-time series between the two teams, including a six-game win streak against Northridge that the Matadors are looking to snap in their second road series since conference play began last month.

After opening up conference action with two wins against UC Riverside at Blair Field, the 49ers lost the final game of the series against the Highlanders before being swept the following week at UC Irvine.

49er first baseman Steve Tinoco currently leads the team with his .343 batting average, with left-fielder Brennan Metzger trailing by a miniscule margin with his .340 mark. Look for Long Beach to be aggressive on the basepaths as they have stolen 75 bases so far out of 100 attempts this season, led by designated hitter Jordan Casas and his 14-16 stolen bases/attempts figure. All 49er starting position players this season have successfully possess a 50% or higher stolen base success rate, a mark that 49er Head Coach Mike Weathers will look to improve upon this weekend.

On the mound for Long Beach, LHP Adam Wilk leads the team with his four wins earned so far this season, with RHP Charlie Ruiz picking up seven of the eight saves already earned by the relief corps this season.

NOW YOU SEE HIM, NOW YOU DON'T

After going six games without stealing a base, centerfielder Jeff Pruitt stole four bases in the Matador's three games played at Cal Poly April 3-5, and another two against Cal State Bakersfield in their previous game last Tuesday to bring his overall total on the season to a Big West Conference league-leading 21. Even more remarkable about his total, Pruitt has only been caught stealing on one occasion which took place on March 1st at home against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Matador single-season record for most stolen bases in a season is held by Bob Slater when he stole 31 bases during the 1976 season. 

DON'T BE LATE

The Cal State Northridge Matadors have been able to shrink a nine inning game into a four frame affair as they are undefeated when leading after four innings. CSUN is 10-1 on the season whenever they possess the lead after four innings, and hold a 8-3 record when leading after the third.

GOTCHA!

With 35 games in the books, the Matadors have picked-off 18 runners this season, the highest number of pickoffs thrown this decade. Currently leading the team with eight pickoffs, RHP Ryan "China" McCarney has caught more runners from the mound than any other Matador pitcher this decade, and has more pickoffs in his first eight appearances than the team leaders during the last two years combined. 

Season Total     Leader 

2009    18        Ryan McCarney, 8

2008     7         Phillip Hann, 2

2007     10        Joe Rocchio, 4

2006     16       Steve Lemmon, 3

2005     11       Jimmy Brett, 3

2004     17       Jimmy Brett, 2

2003     10       Kyle Jean, 3

2002     10       Andy Davidson, 5

2001     16       Craig Mosher, 5

2000     8        Andy Davidson, 3

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE NUMBERS

With the Big West season nearing the mid-way point of the season, a number of Matadors find themselves within the top ten marks amongst their peers, with the team itself ranked in the top-half of the conference in a variety of categories as noted below.

Team Hits: 340 - 3rd

Team Walks Drawn: 133 - 2nd

Hit-By-Pitch: 61 - 1st

Stolen Bases: 42 - 4th

Batters Struck Out: 237 - 3rd

Saves: 8 - T-2nd

Runners Picked Off: 20 - 1st

Putouts: 954 - 1st

Assists: 403 - 1st

Caught Stealing: 16 - 4th

Batting Average: Richard Cates, .375 - T-6th

Slugging Percentage: Dominic D'Anna, .581 - 9th

On-Base Percentage: Richard Cates, .442 - 9th

Hits: Richard Cates, 54 - T-1st

Runs Batted In: Ryan Pineda, 32 - T-3rd; Dominic D'Anna, 32 - T-3rd

Doubles: Dominic D'Anna, 13 - T-3rd

Triples: Jeff Pruitt, 3 - 3rd

Home Runs: Ryan Pineda, 8 - 3rd; Dominic D'Anna, 7 - T-4th

Total Bases: Dominic D'Anna, 79 - 3rd; Ryan Pineda, 72 - T-6th

Walks: Jeff Pruitt, 21 - 2nd; Ryan Pineda, 18 - T-5th

Hit-By-Pitch: John Parham, 10 - 2nd

Stolen Bases: Jeff Pruitt, 20 - 1st

Batters Struck Out: Ryan "China" McCarney, 35 - 10th

Saves: Brian Slover, 4 - T-4th

Appearances: Brian Slover, 17 - T-5th; Jimmy Jolicoeur, 16 - T-7th

Games Finished: Brian Slover, 15, T-1st

Runners Picked Off: Ryan "China" McCarney, 8 - 1st

READY TO GO

Of the 176 runs scored by the Cal State Northridge Matadors this season as of 4/16, nearly 20 percent (17.9%) of their offense has taken place in the first inning this season. CSUN currently has a record of 6-3 when leading after the first inning, but only a 2-8 mark when trailing after the first frame. 

SNAP GOES THE STREAKS

With their two wins over UCSB in their three-game series last weekend, the Matadors took a weekend series from their beach-dwelling rivals for the first time since 2002. In the process, the Gauchos lost their first series of the 2009 season after giving up the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth in the rubber match on March 29 at Matador Field.

IT'S A HIT

On March 28th against UCSB, Ryan Pineda's four-hit performance by  was the 11th time this season that Pineda had a multiple-hit game, and only the second Matador on the season to record four hits in one afternoon. Richard Cates, the team leader in multi-hit games with 12, went 4-for-5 in CSUN's 8-4 victory against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on February 27th; both four-hit occasions have taken place at Matador Field this season. First baseman Dominic D'Anna is the only Matadors with a double-digit total of multiple hit games with 10 so far this season.

THREE FOR FREE = THANK YOU!!!   

Matador baseball fans were given an opportunity to receive free admission to the final game against the UCSB Gauchos March 29th by donating three canned food or non-perishable items for a canned food drive to benefit the Children's Hunger Fund, and responded in-kind by donating nearly a quarter-of-a-ton of food in conjunction with the Matador softball team who provided the same opportunity in their game against Pacific. The Cal State Northridge Athletic Department and baseball team would like to thank all fans who donated to help out children in need. For additional information about the Children's Hunger Fund visit their website at www.chfus.org. 

TWO OF A KIND

On March 27th in a game against UC Santa Barbara, right-fielder Ryan Pineda and first baseman Dominic D'Anna hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. This was the second time this season that the Matadors have hit back-to-back home runs, with the first occasion taking place on March 21st in the second game of a doubleheader at home against Columbia from the bats of Justin DeMarco and Todd Eskelin.

2009 MIKE FRICK SCHOLARSHIP

Current Matador sophomore Justin DeMarco will join an elite list of student-athletes from the Cal State Northridge baseball program as the 2009 recipient of the Mike Frick Memorial Scholarship. DeMarco will receive scholarship funds in Mike's memory from an endowment set up by his parents, Lori and Gary Frick. Initiated in 2005, the Mike Frick Memorial Scholarship is presented annually to the player that best personifies and embodies Frick's work ethic, leadership skills, and dedication to the game of baseball as chosen by the coaching staff. Before being drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the eighth round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, Frick pitched three seasons at Cal State Northridge for then-head coach Mike Batesole, and is still the current Matador record-holder in games pitched and total saves with 36 and 9 respectively, both set during the 2001 season. DeMarco joins a select list of Matadors that includes Drew Aguailar, Alberto Quintana, Bobby Paschal, and last year's recipient, Phil Hann.

SWEET 16

Before being held without a hit in the Matadors game vs. BYU on March 17th, third baseman Ryan Pineda hit safely in the first sixteen games of the season. 

BRING OUT THE BROOMS

The Matadors completed the weekend sweep over the visiting Texas Tech Red Raiders as a two-run performance in the bottom of the ninth inning capped off the come-from-behind effort for CSUN. Matador starting pitcher Bryan Harper hand another strong performance on the bump for CSUN as he pitched 6.1 innings, allowed zero earned runs on five hits and struck out four batters for his second straight no-decision. Jimmy Jolicoeur itched 2.2 innings in relief and earned his first victory of the season as he allowed zero runs and only one hit, fanning six of the nine batters faced to help the Matadors earn their first series sweep since 2006 on the road against the Cal Poly Mustangs.

MAKING A NAME BOTH ON AND OFF THE FIELD

Matador third baseman Ryan Pineda was one of two student-athletes recognized by the Big West Conference for their success both on the diamond, and in the classroom. 

Joining Pineda was Matador Softball first baseman Jaclyn Rymer as the duo joined 16 of their peers and were honored as Big West Conference Student Athletes. Pineda burst onto the collegiate baseball scene in his first season with the Matadors, earning 2008 Big West Freshman Player of the Year and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors.  

Heavily involved in his community, he is a church choir member and volunteer and read to kids at libraries and schools during the summer. A marketing and management major, Pineda posted the team's third-highest batting average, led the team in runs with 38 and tied for the team lead in hits with 72. He one day hopes to play professional baseball or work as an economist in business or government.

CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE BALLPARK?

Matador baseball fans who are unable to head out to Matador Field or travel with the team on the road can still follow all the action via Gametracker. Gametracker is an online program provided by CSTV and Cal State Northridge which enables fans to watch every Matador baseball game unfold on a play-by-play basis. Visit goMatadors.com and click on the `GT' logo on the schedule of events either on the main page or Baseball home page, and cheer on your Matadors. 

LOS ANGELES SPORTS MEDIA AWARDS

Matador broadcaster Dave Caldwell, the current voice of the Women's Basketball and Baseball teams was honored in the February 27th edition of the Daily News as they ranked the best and worst sports media voices in Los Angeles and the surrounding environs. The paper ranked Caldwell at #10, tied with Al Epstein, voice of the Pepperdine Waves Men's Basketball team for the last 24 years.

SOUNDS FROM THE STADIUM

A select number of Matador baseball games will broadcasted live on IBSU.net. Check out the calendar section on the baseball homepage, and click on the `Live Audio' link to hear all the action from Matador Field. Our two-man broadcast team will consist of Dave Caldwell, current play-by-play voice of the Women's Basketball team, and Cal State Northridge senior Tamer Tartir. 

MATADOR PLAYERS JOIN ELIT LIST OF STUDENT-ATHLETES

Academic accolades continue to make their way to Matador Field as infielder Ryan Pineda and second baseman T.S. Reed were named to Ping! Baseball's All-Freshman Team.

The two were chosen out of approximately 9,000 student-athletes to join the prestigious list of award winners. Nearly 100 players from across the country were recognized for their performances last season, collection of talent that represents the top 1% of college baseball players today.

Pineda hit .325 and drove in 32 RBI last season for Head Coach Steve Rousey, numbers that earned him both Big West Freshman of the Year and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors.

He led the team in home runs and doubles with six and 17 respectively, and his 62 hits was the third-highest total amongst all Matadors last season.

Like Pineda, Reed also earned All-Big West honors last season for his solid, all-around performance both at the plate and on the field. Reed started in 44 of the 52 games he played in, hit .311, and collected 27 RBI in his inaugural season with the Matadors.

Reed's talents were not just limited to the plate, as he posed a constant threat to opposing pitchers once he reached base. Responsible for almost one-half of the team's total stolen bases last season, his 16 steals were the tenth-highest collection of bases within the Big West.

To view the complete list of athletes recognized by Ping! Baseball, visit http://www.pingbaseball.com/allping08_freshman.php

ANYONE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE

Known for competing in one of the toughest conferences in the nation, the Cal State Northridge Matadors have the 24th-toughest overall schedule in the nation, and 38th-toughest non-conference schedule out of the 302 baseball programs competing at the Division I level. 

The 2009 schedule also includes ten games against opposition that is currently ranked in Baseball America's Top-25 Preseason Poll. The Matadors open the season with a three game home-and-home series against #17-ranked Pepperdine before facing the Waves for a fourth and final time this season on April 21st at Matador Field. CSUN also faces #5-ranked Cal State Fullerton Titans at home April 9-11, and travels south to battle the #9-ranked UC Irvine Anteaters on May 1-3. 

A complete strength of schedule ranking on all 302 programs can be viewed at: http://www.boydsworld.com/baseball/sos/sos2009.htm 

 

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