Matadors Kick-Off Five-Game Road Trip With Midweek Games Against UNLV

April 27, 2009

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Tuesday, April 28 • Northridge at UNLV • Earl E. Wilson Stadium • Las Vegas, Nev. • 7:00 p.m. PDT • Gametracker

Wednesday, April 29 • Northridge at UNLV • Earl E. Wilson Stadium • Las Vegas, Nev. • 1:00 p.m. PDT • Gametracker

Friday, May 1 • Northridge at UC Irvine • Anteater Field • Irvine, Calif. • 6:00 p.m. PDT • Gametracker/Radio

Saturday, May 2 • Northridge at UC Irvine • Anteater Field • Irvine, Calif. • 1:00 p.m. PDT • Gametracker/Radio

Sunday, May 3 • Northridge at UC Irvine • Anteater Field • Irvine, Calif. • 1:00 p.m. PDT • Gametracker/Radio  

ON THE MOUND

Tuesday • Paul Tremlin (5-1, 4.00) vs. Corey Hales (2-2. 6.75)

Wednesday • TBA vs. TBA

MATADORS vs. UNLV

The Cal State Northridge Matadors will travel to Las Vegas for a mid-week, two-game series from April 28th-29th to complete the season series. Four weeks ago, the Rebels made the trip to Northridge for two games at Matador Field with CSUN emerging victorious on both occasions by respective scores of 5-1 and 9-4. In the first game of that series, Westley Wright earned his first victory of the season with his 3.0 inning, zero hit performance. The Matadors jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after scoring one run in each of the first two frames, providing the necessary offense to earn the win. TS Reed, Richard Cates, Chris Hannick, and Tommy Simis each hit a double, with Todd Eskelin blasting his second triple of the season.

In the second, and final game of the series in Northridge, Paul Tremlin earned his third win of the season thanks to his team scoring in five different innings. Led by Dominic D'Anna's four RBI's, and fifth home run of the season, RBI's earned by John Parham, Cates, Eskelin, and Tommy Simis helped Northridge sweep their home-half of the series.

Possessing a 20-8 record this season, UNLV will look to win their second straight game over the Matadors at Earl E. Wilson Stadium as they defeated CSUN by a score of 19-9 in 2005 as the Matadors opened their season with a three-game series in Vegas. After taking two of their last three games played at Air Force, the Rebels return home after a five-game road trip of their own and look to rebound from their performances at Northridge earlier in the season.

Catcher/first baseman Drew Beurlein and outfielder J.J. Sferra lead the way for the Rebels at the plate with the former hitting .407, and the latter just a handful of percentage-points behind at .401.

Even though the Rebels did not choose to utilize one of their main weapons in their games at Northridge, the Rebels are 44-65 on the basepaths, for a stolen base success rate of 67.6%. Baseball fans should keep an eye towards first and second base throughout the series when te Rebels are on-base as the Matadors and their record-setting 25 pickoffs earned this season will be one of the more interesting match-ups taking place around the diamond.

Rebel pitcher Corey Hales (2-2. 6.75) will face Matador RHP Paul Tremlin (5-1, 4.00) in Tuesday's game, with the starting pitchers for Wednesday's affair still to be determined. 

Leading CSUN with five victories on the season, Tremlin will look to continue his string of solid starts as the right-hander has consistently lowered his ERA in his last four appearances, giving up zero earned runs in the process. 

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

For two Matadors, the upcoming trip to Vegas will double as a homecoming of sorts as right-fielder Ryan Pineda and Bryan Harper will return to their hometown for two days. Pineda, a sophomore, and Harper, a freshmen are from Las Vegas having graduated from Bonanza High School and Las Vegas High School respectively. 

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Pineda earned four letters for the Bengals, earned First-Team All-City as a senior and Second-Team as a junior, and during his senior season, he batted .400 with three home runs, 19 doubles, eight triples, 30 RBI, and 15 stolen bases.

Harper graduated with a 4.1 GPA, ran on the cross-country team for two seasons, and competed as a member of Sam Thomas' baseball team as a LHP/OF all four years. During his junior season he received First Team All-Region, First Team All-State, and Northeast Division Player of the Year Honors, and received First Team All-Region and First Team All-State honors during his senior year.

SOLID FROM START TO FINISH

On April 26th vs. UC Riverside, RHP Billy Ott became the second Matador pitcher to throw a complete game this season with his nine-inning performance against the Highlanders. Teammate Ryan Juarez is the only other Matador pitcher to have completed this feat in 2009.

THESE GUYS WERE GAME

Both Jason Dabbs and Tommy Simis turned in their best performances as a Matador on April 21st in CSUN's come-from-behind 11th-inning victory over the Pepperdine Waves. Dabbs finished the day with a 5-for-5 performance as he hit his fourth double of the season, drove in three runs, and scored once in the process. Dabbs would have had an opportunity to tie the Matador single game record for hits, a mark held by Alberto Quintana and Adam Kennedy had the Waves not intentionally walked the shortstop in the bottom of the eleventh. 

In that same game, Simis went 2-for-4, but drove in four RBI's, nearly half of the Matador offense. The second baseman is the second Matador to drive in four runs this season as first baseman Dominic D'Anna has also accomplished the feat on two separate occasions vs. UNLV (4/1) and vs. Cal State Fullerton (4/21) to set the individual game high mark in this category.

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 as of April 20.

Batting Average: Richard Cates, .374 - 6th

Slugging Percentage: Dominic D'Anna, .580 - 6th

On-Base Percentage: Richard Cates, .444 - 10th

Hits: Richard Cates, 64 - 1st

Doubles: Dominic D'Anna, 13 - T-4th

Triples: Jeff Pruitt, 3 - T-4th

Home Runs: Ryan Pineda, 8 - T-3rd; Dominic D'Anna, 7 - T-5th

Walks: Jeff Pruitt, 22 - 5th

Hit-By-Pitch: John Parham, 10 - T-5th

Stolen Bases: Jeff Pruitt, 23 - 1st

Saves: Brian Slover, 5 - 4th

Appearances: Brian Slover, 19 - T-7th

Games Finished: Brian Slover, 17 - 2nd

Runners Picked Off: Ryan "China" McCarney, 9 - 1st

 

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