May 19, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Looking to win their third straight series, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (22-30) will travel to Cal State Bakersfield (11-34) in hopes of sweeping the 2009 series against the Roadrunners in the process.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
Tuesday, May 19 • Northridge at Cal State Bakersfield • Hardt Field • Bakersfield, Calif. • 3:00 p.m. PDT
ON THE MOUND
RHP Bryan Harper (0-4, 7.36) vs. RHP Mickey Jannis (1-7, 6.10)
MATADORS VS. CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD
Traveling up I-5 Tuesday afternoon will be the Cal State Northridge Matadors as they head to Hardt Field for their inaugural game on the campus of Cal State Bakersfield (11-34) against the Roadrunners.
For Bakersfield, Tuesday’s game will close out the first-ever home schedule in the program’s history; as of May 18, the Roadrunners have a 6-12 record at Hardt Field, and will play just their third home game in their last 16 contests.
Having faced one another earlier in the season on April 14th at Matador Field, a 3-1 victory for the home team, Northridge will look to win their third straight season series Tuesday afternoon.
In their first meeting of the season back in April, six Cal State Northridge pitchers combined to allow only seven hits Tuesday afternoon as the Matadors defeated the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners 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.
With a .303 batting average, shortstop/second baseman Kyle Richardson is the top-hitting ‘Runner this season with outfielder Ryan McIntyre and second/third baseman Brandon Boren currently ranked second and third with their respective .303 and .291 averages. Martin Medina poses the most serious offensive threat to ‘Runner opponents however as he has already hit seven home runs and driven in 36 RBI’s to lead his squad in each of those categories.
Pitching for Bakersfield on Tuesday will be RHP Mickey Jannis; his 6.10 ERA is currently the top mark on the staff. His nine saves place him second behind LHP Jonathan Montoya who has currently racked up 12 saves this season.
DON'T LEAVE THE BALLPARK EARLY
Having already erased two Pacific leads in their game on May 17th, the Cal State Northridge Matadors erased a two-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, and completed their come-from-behind effort when John Parham scored off a Ryan Pineda sacrifice fly to right field for a 10-9 victory. That game was the third occasion this season that the Matadors have been able to successfully secure a win in the ninth inning. If you include the Matador’s four victories earned in extra innings, the men in red have won nearly one-third of their games this season in the latter part of the ballgame. When trailing after seven innings this season, the Matadors have been able to come through in the clutch for nine wins in 2009 (including extra inning victories), and when trailing after six innings, exactly one-half of CSUN’s wins this season (11 out of 22) have occurred in the latter-third of the game or beyond.
THANK YOU SENIORS
The three-game series against the Pacific Tigers this past weekend was not only the final home games of the 2009 season, but also bring about an end to the collegiate careers of four seniors. For Richard Cates (Yuba City, Calif./Yuba City HS), John Parham (Rialto, Calif./Eisenhower HS), P.J. Rousey (La Crescenta, Calif./Crescenta Valley HS), and Bryce Schoening (Glendora, Calif./Fullerton College), a pre-game ceremony highlighting the accomplishments of the senior quartet during their time at Cal State Northridge took place as they were joined on the field by various friends, family members, and teammates. To all the members of the 2009 Senior Class, Matador Baseball thanks you for all of your time, efforts, dedication, and sacrifice, and wishes each and every one of you the best of luck during your post-collegiate professional endeavors.