CSUN Returns Home, Albeit Briefly, for Next BWC Series Against UC Davis
April 28, 2010
A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK
Friday, April 23: Matadors 8, Pacific 1
Saturday, April 24: Matadors 1, Pacific 4
Sunday, April 25: Matadors 4, Pacific 12
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Friday, April 30: vs. UC Davis • Matador Field • Northridge, Calif. • 3 p.m. PDT • Gametracker
Saturday, May 1: vs. UC Davis • Matador Field • Northridge, Calif. • 1 p.m. PDT • Gametracker
Sunday, May 2: vs. UC Davis • Matador Field • Northridge, Calif. • 1 p.m. PDT • Gametracker
Friday: RHP Ryan Juarez (2-3, 3.88) vs. LHP Dayne Quist (5-3, 5.29)
Saturday: RHP Paul Tremlin (5-5, 5.40) vs. LHP Sean Watson (1-2, 5.34)
Sunday: RHP Alex Muren (2-1, 5.25) vs. RHP Scott Lyman (2-5, 7.50)
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - After embarking on their first Big West conference road trip of the season, the Cal State Northridge Matadors will return to Matador Field for a three-game series against UC Davis this Friday-Sunday. Friday’s game will begin at 3 p.m., with both weekend games scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch. All three games will be available for viewing on GameTracker at GoMatadors.com.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT
Sporting an overall record of 16-19 and a Big West mark of 2-7, the Matadors will look for a little payback against a team that took two of three games in their season-ending series at Davis last year.
With those two victories last season, the Aggies extended their record in the 16 games played between CSUN and Davis with the Aggies possessing a 12-4 all-time advantage. Going into this weekend’s series, the Matadors have winning all-time series records against all but three Big West teams - Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Davis; CSUN will face all three teams in the second half of their conference schedule starting with their games against the visiting Aggies.
Three of CSUN’s victories over Davis have taken place on home soil, something the Matadors look to replicate in attempt to climb the conference standings entering the second-half of the conference schedule.
Leading the way for Davis at the plate are sophomores David Popkins, Scott Lyman, and Eric Johnson. Sporting a .369, .330, and .328 batting average respectively, the trio are the biggest hitting threats that the Matador starting corps of pitchers will have to neutralize in order to be victorious this weekend. Including teammate Paul Politi, the four are responsible for exactly one-half of the total number of runs driven in this season for the Aggies.
Responsible for nearly one-third of the total amount of wins for Davis in 2010, Friday starter Dayne Quist will face-off against the Matador’s top starter in Ryan Juarez. Fresh off his complete game win over the Pacific Tigers last Friday, both starters possess the lowest opposing batting average, highest number of innings thrown, and most strikeouts earned for their respective team this season.
GOING THE DISTANCE
Last Friday, Matador RHP Ryan Juarez earned the first complete game victory for CSUN this season in his nine inning, five strikeout performance in Stockton against the Pacific Tigers. His complete game was the first thrown since his appearance at Long Beach State in the first game of that road series at Blair Field last season nearly 53 weeks ago to the day. In 2010, Juarez has thrown at least six innings in each of his three Big West starts.
Matador head coach Steve Rousey will grace the May edition of the Eastbay Team Sales catalog, an edition that is currently being distributed to various high school, collegiate, amateur, and professional sporting teams across the nation. The cover features Rousey in one of CSUN’s new jerseys, the image on the cover features the Matadors’ new road uniform, featuring Eastbay’s game-day moisture management fabric. Eastbay is one of two new sponsors of Matador baseball in 2010, copies of May’s catalog can be ordered at eastbayteamsales.com.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
With the first half of their schedule laden with home games, it will be the Matadors’ turn to hit the road in the final weeks of the season, a five week stretch that will find CSUN competing in ten of their final 18 games of the 2010 season on the road. After competing against UC Davis at Matador Field this weekend, Northridge will begin their season-long seven game road trip - a stretch of games that will take them to UC Santa Barbara next weekend, UC Riverside from May 14-16, with the trip culminating in a one-off game at UNLV to conclude the season series against the Rebels.
The schedule does not get any easier for Northridge as they will conclude the 2010 season playing eight games in a ten day window starting with their final home conference series of the season against Long Beach State (May 21-23).
TOUCH 'EM ALL
Last Sunday at Pacific, Ryan Pineda, C.J. Belanger, and Nate Ring all went deep by hitting solo home runs at Klein Family Field. A testament to the type of power the entire CSUN lineup possesses, that game was the fifth time this season that the Matadors, as a team, hit at least three home runs in one game. Five were belted in a home game against Loyola Marymount on March 14th, three were hit in back-to-back days in Seattle on March 20th and 21st, three were hit at Matador Field against Albany on March 29th, with three more long balls hit by Matador batters in the series finale at Pacific. This feat was only accomplished on three occasions in 2009, twice during both the 2005 and 2007 seasons, and only once in 2006 and 2008.
LEADING THE WAY
Entering the second-half of the conference schedule, various Matadors can be found atop the Big West Conference in a variety of categories as of April 27th.
C.J. Belanger: .444 On-Base Pct. (10th), 50 Hits (T-8th)
Ridge Carpenter: 15 Stolen Bases (3rd)
Dominic D'Anna: .572 Slugging Pct. (9th), 32 Runs Scored (T-8th), 47 Hits (T-6th), 35 RBI’s (T-4th),
6 Home Runs (T-6th), 74 Total Bases (T-9th), 19 Walks (T-6th), 5 Sacrifice Flies (2nd)
Justin DeMarco: .584 Slugging Pct. (8th), .461 On-Base Pct. (5th), 13 Doubles (T-5th), 21 Walks (T-3rd)
Justen Gorski: 3 Runners Picked Off (T-3rd)
Jimmy Jolicoeur: 3 Saves (T-6th)
Ryan Juarez: .259 Opp. Batting Avg. (6th), 69.2 Innings Pitched (3rd), 48 Batters Struck Out (10th)
Bryan Longpre: 3 Runners Picked Off (T-3rd)
Drew Muren: 32 Runs Scored (T-8th), 15 Walks (8th), 9 Stolen Bases (T-7th)
Dominic Piazza: 9 Runners Caught Stealing (T-4th)
Ryan Pineda: 41 Runs Scored (T-2nd), 44 RBI’s (T-1st), 10 Home Runs (2nd), 87 Total Bases (T-4th),
7 Hit-By-Pitches (T-5th), 20 Stolen Bases (2nd)
Paul Tremlin: 5 Wins (T-7th)
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 87 doubles, needing only three more in their final 18 games to eclipse last season’s total of 89. At their current pace, the Matadors will finish the season with 128 doubles, falling just shy of the school record of 142 set by the 1997 team.
MORE TROUBLES WITH DOUBLES
Third baseman Justin DeMarco and first baseman Dominic D’Anna are 1-2 on the team with 13 and 12 doubles hit respectively this season. DeMarco will need to hit seven more doubles, with D’Anna needing another eight in their final 18 to etch their names in the Matador record book as Jim Vatter (1987) and Kevin Patrick (1998) are tied for tenth place with 20 apiece.
RUNNING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
With 38 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 possesses as well.. As a team, CSUN has the second-highest conference total of stolen bases with 65, trailing only Fullerton by one stolen base for the conference lead.