April 20, 2010

Northridge Travels to Pacific for Their First Big West Road Series of the Season

April 20, 2010

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A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK

Friday, April 16:  Matadors 10, Cal Poly 9

Saturday, April 17: Matadors 12, Cal Poly 8

Sunday, April 18: Cal Poly 5, Matadors 3

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Friday, April 23: at Pacific • Klein Family Field • Stockton, Calif. • 6 p.m. PDT • Gametracker/Radio

Saturday, April 24: at Pacific • Klein Family Field • Stockton, Calif. • 2 p.m. PDT • Gametracker/Radio

Sunday, April 25: at Pacific • Klein Family Field • Stockton, Calif. • 1 p.m. PDT • Gametracker/Radio

PROBABLE STARTERS

Friday: RHP Ryan Juarez (1-3, 4.30) vs. RHP Marcus Pointer (6-1, 3.86)

Saturday: RHP Paul Tremlin (5-4, 5.80) vs. LHP David Rowse (6-0, 4.97)

Sunday: RHP Alex Muren (2-1, 4.24) vs. TBD

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - After taking two of three games against Cal Poly last weekend, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (20-15, 2-4 BWC) will now embark on their first conference road trip of the season to face the Pacific Tigers in a three-game series in Stockton this Friday-Sunday.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

After taking two of three games from Cal Poly this past weekend, the Cal State Northridge Matadors will embark on their first Big West Conference road trip of the season when they travel to Stockton to face the Pacific Tigers. 

Pacific has one non-conference games scheduled during the week before their series against CSUN commences; with their midweek game against UC Berkeley pushed back to Wednesday due to rain, Pacific will now compete in four games within a five-day timespan. That game against the Golden Bears will conclude a four-game road trip that initially began with two wins out of the three games played against UC Irvine.

Starting with the three games against Northridge, Pacific will begin a string of seven consecutive games played at Klein Family Field before hitting the road for their next nine.

CSUN currently sports a 22-15 advantage in the 37 games played between the two teams, a mark that includes their series win at Matador Field last season when the men in red took two of three against the visiting Tigers. 

After sweeping Pacific on their home diamond in 2004, CSUN has only taken one of the six subsequent games played up north, a record that Northridge would like to improve upon this weekend as a series victory, or another sweep against one of their Big West bretheren would aid the Matadors' climb up the conference standings.

J.B. Brown currently leats the team with a .434 batting average, is tied for second with four home runs, and has driven in 22 runs this season. Teammate Mike Walker leads this team with his 32 RBI's, is batting.343, and has started all 34 games as the Tiger's third baseman. Senior catcher Joe Olivera represents the primary base-stealing threat for Pacific as the redshirt senior has stolen nine bases so far this season, and has only been caught on two occasions.

RHP Marcus Pointer and LHP David Rowse are the probables for Pacific in the first two games of the season, combined the duo is responsible for 12 of the team's 22 wins.

TIME CHANGE FOR PACIFIC THIS SATURDAY

The next Big West series for CSUN will take place this Friday-Sunday when the Matadors travel to Stockton to face the Pacific Tigers. Originally scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., first pitch for the game on Saturday, April 24th is now scheduled for 2 p.m. 

DOUBLE TROUBLE

On April 16 against Cal Poly, the Matadors tied their season high having hit six doubles in their 10-9 come-from-behind victory. On the season, CSUN has hit 81 doubles, needed only nine more in their final 21 games to eclipse last season's total of 89. At their current pace, the Matadors will finish the season with 129 doubles, falling just shy of the school record of 142 set by the 1997 team. 

MORE TROUBLES WITH DOUBLES

First baseman Dominic D'Anna and third baseman Justin DeMarco each lead the team with 12 doubles hit on the season. Each will need to hit eight more doubles to etch their names in the Matador record book as Jim Vatcher (1987) and Kevin Patrick (1998) are tied for tenth place with 20 apiece.

RUNNING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS

With 35 games played this season, the 2010 Matadors are poised to add their names to the record books. In the Big West Conference, three of the top-ten base-stealers can be found on CSUN's roster; with 20, 15 and nine stolen bases respectively second baseman Ryan Pineda, left-fielder Ridge Carpenter, and centerfielder Drew Muren are on pace to etch their names in the Matador record books as well. Only 20 bases need to be stolen to crack the top-ten as Craig Warner (1969 season) and Scott Richardson (1991 and `92) are tied for 9th place with 20 steals, a slot that Pineda now occupies as well. As a team, CSUN leads the conference with 63 stolen bases. 

HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE

With his six inning, five-hit outing against Cal State Bakersfield on April 11, 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.

Entering last weekend's games against Cal Poly on Friday and Saturday with his team trailing on the scoreboard, Jolicoeur allowed only two hits combined and earned the victory each day. Had the right-hander earned the victory on Sunday, he would have become the first pitcher in Matador history to win all three conference games in one weekend.

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 19th.

C.J. Belanger: 46 Hits (T-8th)

Ridge Carpenter: 14 Walks (T-9th), 15 Stolen Bases (3rd)

Dominic D'Anna: .578 Slugging Pct. (10th), 30 Runs Scored (T-6th), 47 Hits (T-6th), 33 RBI's (4th)

                      5 Home Runs (T-7th), 74 Total Bases (T-9th), 4 Sacrifice Flies (T-2nd), 17 Walks (T-6th)

Brad Decater: 4 Home Runs (T-9th)

Justin DeMarco: .453 On-Base Pct. (8th), .588 Slugging Pct. (9th), 20 Walks (3rd)

Justen Gorski: 3 Runners Picked Off (T-3rd)

Jimmy Jolicoeur: 3 Saves (T-5th)

Ryan Juarez: 60.2 Innings Pitched (4th), .265 Opp. Batting Avg. (10th), 43 Total Strikeouts (T-8th)

Drew Muren: 32 Runs Scored (5th), 15 Walks (8th), 9 Stolen Bases (T-6th)

Dominic Piazza: 8 Runners Caught Stealing (T-4th)

Ryan Pineda: 39 Runs Scored (2nd), 42 RBI's (1st), 9 Home Runs (2nd), 80 Total Bases (T-4th)

                   7 Hit-By-Pitches (T-5th), 20 Stolen Bases (2nd)

Paul Tremlin: 5 Wins (T-4th)

HE KEEPS 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.

WELCOME BACK

Last Saturday, members of the 1970 and 1984 national championship-winning teams will return to Matador Field as part of our Day of Champions. 

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. 

PIAZZA NOMINATED FOR JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST

Even though the 2010 season is only a few weeks old, junior transfer Dominic Piazza has already made a deep impression as he has been nominated to the official watch list for the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award delivered by Papa John's Pizza.

Organized and announced by The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission earlier this week, fifty-three catchers were nominated for the award given to the top Division-I collegiate catcher. Additional candidates can be added to the list until May 5, 2010 when the watch list will be narrowed down to ten semifinalists, whom will be announced May 19, 2010.

At that time, ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of the regular season in May for a vote to determine three finalists; the trio will be announced on June 2, 2010 prior o the NCAA Regionals and Major League Baseball Draft. 

A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series, all finalists will then travel to Wichita and attend the 13th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on July 1, 2010 where the winner will be announced.

ON A ROLL

Dominic D'Anna recently possessed a team-high 18 game hit streak that began in CSUN's eighth game of the season against Connecticut on March 6th, and ended on April 3rd against UC Irvine. 

D' Anna has only been held hitless on three occasions - against San Diego last February, the series opener against Connecticut, and the series finale against UC Irvine. 

Tim Arroyo (1999-2002) holds the Northridge record for consecutive games with a hit as the former first baseman hit safely in 25 consecutive games, a streak that began on February 23, 2001 and ended on April 7.

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.

Season: Record, Conference

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

 

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