Northridge Wraps-Up 2010 Home Schedule with Five-Game Homestand This Weekend

May 20, 2010

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A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK

Friday, May 14:  Matadors 5, UC Riverside 13

Saturday, May 15: Matadors 1, UC Riverside 4

Sunday, May 16: Matadors 3, UC Riverside 9

Tuesday, May 18: Matadors 11, UNLV 8

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Friday, May 21 vs. Long Beach State • Matador Field • Northridge, Calif. • 3 p.m. • GameTracker/Audio

Saturday, May 22 vs. Long Beach State • Matador Field • Northridge, Calif. • 1 p.m. • GameTracker/Audio

Sunday, May 23 vs. Long Beach State • Matador Field • Northridge, Calif. • 1 p.m. • GameTracker/Audio

Monday, May 24 vs. #15 San Diego • Matador Field • Northridge, Calif. • 3 p.m. • GameTracker/Audio

Tuesday, May 25 vs. UC Riverside • Matador Field • Northridge, Calif. • 3 p.m. • GameTracker

PROBABLE STARTERS

Friday: RHP Billy Ott (2-1, 6.27) vs. RHP Andrew Gagnon (4-4, 4.89)

Saturday: RHP Justen Gorski (4-2, 5.89) vs. RHP Branden Pinder(6-4, 3.59)

Sunday: TBD vs. TBD

Monday: TBD vs. TBD

Tuesday: TBD vs. TBD

 

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - After spending the last two weeks on the road, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (25-23, 6-12 BWC) will play their final five home games of the 2010 season starting this Friday. Beginning with three games against the Long Beach State 49ers this weekend, CSUN will wrap-up their respective season series against #15 San Diego on Monday and UC Riverside on Tuesday.

Even though Riverside is a member of the Big West, Tuesday's contest will take place as a non-conference game for each team.

Prior to the Matador-49er game on Sunday, six seniors will be honored and recognized for their hard work and dedication to the Matador baseball program in a pre-game ceremony that will begin at 12:30 p.m.

All five games will take place at Matador Field with games scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, with a 3 p.m. first-pitch scheduled for both Monday and Tuesday. GameTracker will be available for all five games in addition to internet broadcasts of all three CSUN-Long Beach State games, and Monday's contest vs. San Diego at GoMatadors.com.

ON DECK

After completing their longest road trip of the season, the Cal State Northridge Matadors will close out the 2010 home schedule with their five-game homestand this week. 

The Long Beach State 49ers will be the first opponent that Northridge will face in their three-game series scheduled to take place this Friday-Sunday at Matador Field. Fifteenth-ranked San Diego will travel up the 405 Freeway to complete their season series against the Matadors on Monday, with UC Riverside visiting the Valley on Tuesday in CSUN's final home game of the season. 

Currently tied for fifth place in the Big West, the 49ers will look to extend their 63-54-1 all-time record against a Matador team looking to send their seniors off in victorious fashion in their final collegiate conference series.

Shortly before the start of Sunday's game, six seniors will be honored alongside their friends, family members, teammates, and fans in a pre-game ceremony.

Possessing a 5-1 record against the Matadors in their last six games played - Long Beach swept CSUN the last time they visited Matador Field in 2008, taking two of the three games played at Blair Field last season - 

Northridge will look to swing the numbers in their favor in an attempt to close out their home schedule on a positive note.

For Long Beach, junior infielder Devin Lohman leads the team with his .415 average, followed by senior infielder Steve Tinoco's .362 average and team-high five triples. 

Last season, the 49ers stole 118 bases, running on almost any opportunity provided to them against CSUN in their series last season. This year, the Dirtbags (as their fans prefer to call them) have stolen only 52 bags, led by Brennan Metzger and his team-high nine steals. 

On the mound, Northridge will face the 49ers top-two aces in Andrew Gagnon and Branden Pinder. Throwing on Friday and Saturday respectively, the pair of right-handers are responsible for half of their team's victories this season. 

Earlier in the season, CSUN traveled to Cunningham Stadium and handed then #18-ranked San Diego their second loss of the season ina 7-1 triumph over the host Toreros. Since then, San Diego has gone undefeated within the West Coast Conference, clinching an automatic bid into the 2010 NCAA Regionals. 

Senior utility James Meador leads the team in nearly all offensive statistical categories; going into this weekend's action he leads the team with his .380 avg., 71 hits, 18 doubles, 54 RBIs, and 106 total bases. Meador also has stolen six bases in eight attempts, only trailing junior infielder Kevin Muno and his 21 thefts. 

On the mound, the Toreros are led by the trio of Sammy Solis, Kyle Blair, and AJ Griffin with their respective win totals of eight, seven, and six. Matt Hauser has been the most effective closer for head coach Rich Hill, earning eight of the 12 saves this season.

Northridge will close out their 2010 home schedule against a familiar foe in the UC Riverside Highlanders. 

Having lost all three games in Riverside just a handful of days ago, CSUN will try to prevent the Highlanders from completing the season sweep in a scheduled non-conference game against their Big West counterpart. 

HOME COOKING

Returning to his hometown of Las Vegas, Nev. last Tuesday second baseman Ryan Pineda helped the Matadors jump out to an early 3-0 lead, an advantage they would possess for the entire game in CSUN's 11-8 victory over the Rebels.

The round-tripper was Pineda's second in the last three games played at Earl E. Wilson Stadium as he blasted one over the fence in last season's series finale that took place on April 29.

SIX IS THE MAGIC NUMBER

Even though nine innings are played in a standard baseball game, Northridge has consistently been efficient and effective during their first six as the Matadors possess a 20-0 record when leading after six innings, and are 2-1 when tied after six. 

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

After completing their season-long seven -game road trip during the last two weeks, Northridge will finish the 2010 season with five of their last eight games at home. Starting with a three-game series against Long Beach State this weekend, CSUN will also face San Diego and UC Riverside in two non-conference games to close out their 2010 home schedule. 

MATADORS IN THE TOP TEN

Entering the next-to-last week of the season, a number of  Matadors can be found atop the Big West Conference in a variety of categories (as of May 17).

C.J. Belanger: 5 Triples (T-3rd)

Ridge Carpenter: 16 Stolen Bases (T-3rd)

Dominic D'Anna: 8 Home Runs (T-6th), 24 Walks (7th), 5 Sacrifice Flies (T-3rd)

Justin DeMarco: .438 On-Base Pct. (10th), 26 Walks (5th)

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

Jimmy Jolicoeur: 23 Appearances (2nd), 15 Games Finished (T-3rd), 21 Games In Relief (T-3rd)

Ryan Juarez: 14 Games Started (1st)

Bryan Longpre: 3 Runners Picked Off (T-3rd), 21 Games In Relief (T-3rd)

Drew Muren: 11 Stolen Bases (T-8th)

Dominic Piazza: 10 Runners Caught Stealing (T-7th)

Ryan Pineda: .603 Slugging Pct. (8th), 49 Runs Scored (4th), 64 Hits (10th), 55 RBIs (T-1st), 

                  13 Home Runs (2nd), 117 Total Bases (T-5th), 24 Stolen Bases (2nd)

TS Reed: 11 Stolen Bases (T-8th)

Paul Tremlin: .279 Opposing Batting Avg. (10th)

A SEASON TO REMEMBER

The two stolen base records set in CSUN's series at Santa Barbara are not the only records that are in danger of being broken as a number of Matadors are on the verge of breaking into the top-ten for a variety of single-season records.

With 16 doubles already hit, Dominic D' Anna will need another four to crack the top-ten and tie Jim Vatcher (1987) and Kevin Patrick (1998) for 10th place with 20 doubles. 

Having scored on 51 occasions, Ryan Pineda will need to touch home plate 16 more times in CSUN's final 8 games to tie Perry Husband, Brian Long (both 1984 season), and Nakia HIll (1998) for 9th place with 69 runs scored in one season. Currently leading the team with 14 home runs, another 6 will give Pineda sole possession for 10th place for most round-trippers hit in a season while 9 additional RBIs will tie Pineda for 10th place with Dave Govea (1982) and his 67 RBIs earned one season. 

TS Reed has tied seven other Matadors for 10th place with his seven sacrifice hits, while teammate D'Anna will need one more sacrifice fly to add his name alongside six other Matadors and their six sacrifice flies earned in one season. 

Finally, closer Jimmy Jolicoeur is only one save away from earning a spot in the record books for the 10th highest amount of saves earned in one season. Going into this weekend's series,  the right-hander currently has already earned three saves this season.

As a team, the Matadors are only 19 stolen bases shy of tying the team season record of 99 set by the 1996 squad. 

CRAFTING THEIR LEGACY ONE GAME AT A TIME

Single-season records are not the only numbers that are in danger of, or have been re-written as various Matadors are looking to add to their success on the diamond and etch their names alongside some of the all-time greats on a variety of lists. 

Going into this weekend's series, Ryan Pineda has already secured a tie for ninth place with Michael Paulk (2003-05) having hit 42 doubles as a Matador, is only two home runs shy of tying Paulk and Jason Shanahan (1992-95) for ninth place all-time with 31 career home runs, and is four RBIs shy of tying Denny Vigo (1989-92) for tenth place with 134 career RBIs. Pineda is also eight stolen bases shy of cracking the top-ten in that category as well.

C.J. Belanger's 13 career triples tie him for third place all-time with Jeff Gilbert (1974-77); the outfielder needs only seven more walks to tie Jason Gorman's total of 87 freebies, for 10th place all-time.

Dominic D'Anna, Justin DeMarco, and Belanger have already joined six other Matadors for tenth place all-time with seven career sacrifice flies, with the latter two having hit the highest and second-highest total of sacrifice hits in school history with 24 and 21 respectively. 

With six career saves already earned, Jimmy Jolicoeur has a chance to further vault himself up the all-time list. Currently in sixth place, the right-hander needs only one more save to share fifth place with Andy Davidson (1999-2002) and Robby Crabtree (1995-96).

GUILTY OF GRAND THEFT

On Saturday, May 8th at UC Santa Barbara, the Cal State Northridge Matadors broke a 32 year-old for the highest number of bases stolen in one game.

On March 8, 1978 against Westmont, that Matador squad stole eight bases on the afternoon. Over 32 years later, the 2010 team topped their mark against the Gauchos thanks to the efforts of Pineda and his three steals, Reed and his two, and a group of Matadors that include Muren, Belanger, Dominic D'Anna, and Ridge Carpenter who all stole one base apiece.

NOW YOU SEE HIM... NOW YOU DON'T

In that same game against the UC Santa Barbara, the Matadors set another new record for the highest number of bases stolen in one inning as they swiped five bags of Gaucho pitchers in the fifth inning. 

Going into Saturday's game the record for most stolen bases earned in one inning was three; a feat that had taken place on five previous occasions, with the last occurrence taking place against Utah on March 8, 1992.

In that record-setting inning, bases were stolen by Drew Muren, Ryan Pineda, Ridge Carpenter (2), and TS Reed.