May 21, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge Matadors (23-30, 6-15 BWC) will close out the season with a three-game, weekend series on the road against the UC Davis Aggies (11-40. 3-18 BWC). All three games will be broadcasted and available via GameTracker online at www.GoMatadors.com.
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Tuesday, May 19 Northridge 3, Cal State Bakersfield 0
Friday, May 22 Northridge at UC Davis Dobbins Baseball Complex Davis, Calif. 2:30 p.m. PDT Gametracker/Radio
Saturday, May 23 Northridge at UC Davis Dobbins Baseball Complex Davis, Calif. 1:00 p.m. PDT Gametracker/Radio
Sunday, May 24 Northridge at UC Davis Dobbins Baseball Complex Davis, Calif. 1:00 p.m. PDT Gametracker/Radio
ON THE MOUND
Friday TBA vs. TBA
Saturday TBA vs. TBA
Sunday TBA vs. TBA
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.
MATADORS VS. UC DAVIS
CSUN's four-game road trip started on a positive note with a 3-0 shutout victory at Cal State Bakersfield, a result that the Matadors would like to replicate during their stay up north.
Last season, the Matadors also ended their season with a three-game series at Matador Field against the Aggies; having lost the first two games, Ryan Pineda's grand slam help the Matadors come-from-behind to win the third game of the series to end the 2008 season on a positive note.
Having finished five games ahead of the Matadors last season, the Aggies currently sit three games behind Northridge in the Big West standings, who are three games behind Pacific themselves. With Pacific having finished their conference competition, a sweep over the Aggies will tie them with Pacific in the standings; having a better overall record and a series victory over the Tigers last weekend, the Matadors can end the 2009 season on an extremely positive note with the potential to finish the season having won eight of their last nine games.
With his .351 batting average, infielder Justin Schaefer leads his team at the plate, with outfielder Ryan Scoma and infielder Ty Kelly also performing well at the plate with their .313 and .300 respective averages. Even though the Aggies have only hit fifteen home runs on the season, Kelly has belted four of them, also leading the team with 36 RBI's this season.
BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE LETTER 'K' AND THE NUMBER '9'
In Tuesday's game at Cal State Bakersfield Matador starter Bryan Longpre only allowed three hits to the Roadrunners in his three innings pitched. Paul Tremlin, Bryan Harper, Davin Tate P.J. Rousey, Jimmy Jollicoeur and Brian Slover combined to pitch the final six innings, striking out nine batters combined. Only two batters reached base during the final six innings, both via walks for one of the most dominating relief efforts of the season.
THEY HAD NOTHING TO OFFER
In that same game, the Matador's earned their first shutout of the season, the most recent combined shutout performance for Cal State Northridge since April 22, 2008 when Ryan Juarez, Eric Billings, and Edwin Quirarte held the Gauchos scoreless on their own field.
IT AIN'T OVER 'TIL IT'S OVER
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.