Northridge Ends 2010 Season With Three Games Against #8 Cal State Fullerton
May 26, 2010
A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK
Friday, May 21: Matadors 3, Long Beach State 2 (11 Innings)
Saturday, May 22: Matadors 11, Long Beach State 2
Sunday, May 23: Matadors 10, Long Beach State 8
Monday, May 24: Matadors 8, #15 San Diego 14
Tuesday, May 25: Matadors 10, UC Riverside 8
Friday, May 28 at Cal State Fullerton • Goodwin Field • Fullerton, Calif. • 7 p.m. • GameTracker/Audio
Saturday, May 29 at Cal State Fullerton • Goodwin Field • Fullerton, Calif. • 6 p.m. • GameTracker/Audio
Sunday, May 30 at Cal State Fullerton • Goodwin Field • Fulleton, Calif. • 1 p.m. • GameTracker/Audio
Friday: RHP Billy Ott (2-1, 5.79) vs. RHP Dylan Floro (6-0, 3.23)
Saturday: RHP Justen Gorski (4-2, 5.89) vs. RHP Noe Ramirez (9-1, 2.74)
Sunday: TBD vs. Daniel Renken (10-2, 3.96)
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - With their home schedule now completed with their 10-8 victory over UC Riverside in a scheduled non-conference game, the Cal State Northridge Matadors will conclude the 2010 season with a three-game, weekend series at #8 Cal State Fullerton this weekend.
THANK YOU SENIORS!
Competing in the final games as a Matador, The Cal State Northridge Athletic Department and Matador Baseball program would like to thank the six members of the graduating class of 2010 - C.J. Belanger, Jason Dabbs, Jimmy Jolicoeur, Bryan Longpre, Billy Ott and Billy Swanson.
All six individuals will earn their degree, with Longpre, Ott, and Swanson graduating with honors.
“We're very proud of our six seniors,” stated head coach Steve Rousey. “All six have graduated prior to their departure from Matador Baseball. They have carried forth and heightened what is a proud tradition of academic achievement in Matador baseball. We give sincere thanks to these young men for representing Matador Baseball so well and setting the example of academic effort and achievement for all Matador ballplayers who follow."
With their home schedule now completed with their 10-8 victory over UC Riverside in a scheduled non-conference game, the Cal State Northridge Matadors will conclude the 2010 season with a three-game, weekend series at Cal State Fullerton this weekend.
The last time CSUN visited Goodwin Field, the Matadors split their first two games before dropping the third game by a score of 17-15. In that series, Chris Hannick became the most recent Matador to hit three home runs in a game, and drive in nine runs or more during their game on April 13, 2008.
Last season, Northridge took the first game of their weekend series by a score of 5-4 ina game that was postponed due to darkness and resumed the following afternoon. Unfortunately for CSUN, Fullerton took the last two games to win the series for the seventh consecutive season.
Going into this weekend’s series, the Matadors trail the Titans 46-53 all-time in the 99 games played between the two, and are looking to snap a two-game losing streak.
Coming off a 5-2 home victory over #7 UCLA, the Titans will face the Matadors before participating in postseason action as Fullerton has already clinched both the Big West Conference title and automatic spot in the Regionals.
BREAK OUT THE BROOMS
With their three-game, weekend sweep over the Long Beach State 49ers, the Matadors earned their first home conference sweep since taking all three games against UC Irvine during the 2002 season. Six years have passed since CSUN last swept a Big West opponent as the last one took place in Stockton during the 2004 season when the Matadors took all three games against the Pacific Tigers.
Last weekend also marked the first time since the 2006 season that the Matador won a weekend series against the 49ers.
SIX IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
Even though nine innings are played in a standard baseball game, Northridge has needed only six to send their fans home with a smile on their face. In 2010, CSUN sports a perfect 24-0 record when leading after six innings of action, and a 2-1 mark when tied after six.
WE'RE READY IF YOU ARE
With their 3-2 victory over Long Beach State last Friday, CSUN remains undefeated with a 4-0 record in extra inning games this season. After defeating Pepperdine 3-2 in 12 innings in their home opener, Northridge defeated Seattle 5-4 in 13 innings in their series-opener last March. Almost two full months would pass by before CSUN earned their next extra-inning victory when they outlasted the UC Santa Barbara in a 14-inning, 6-5 victory over the host Gauchos.
This weekend’s series between the Matadors and the Titans will feature two of the most greedy teams in the Big West. Fullerton currently leads the conference with 95 steals, followed by Northridge’s 83; combined the teams represent more than one out of every three (37%) bases stolen this year by entire nine-member conference.
Four of the top nine base-stealers will be on display at Goodwin Field this weekend, a list that includes Gary Brown (CSF) and his conference-high 31 stolen bases, Ryan Pineda (CSUN) and his 24 bases - the second highest total in the Big West, Ridge Carpenter (CSUN) who ranks third with his 18 stolen bases, and Christian Colon (CSF) who is currently tied for eighth place with his 12 stolen bases.
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 24).
C.J. Belanger: .369 Batting Avg. (9th), .435 On-Base Pct. (10th), 72 Hits (8th), 5 Triples (T-4th),
Ridge Carpenter: 18 Stolen Bases (3rd)
Dominic D'Anna: 45 RBIs (8th), 8 Home Runs (T-7th), 25 Walks (8th), 5 Sacrifice Flies (T-3rd)
Justin DeMarco: 29 Walks (T-3rd)
Justen Gorski: 3 Runners Picked Off (T-3rd)
Jimmy Jolicoeur: 3.46 ERA (7th), .214 Opp. Batting Avg., 4 Saves (T-6th), 26 Appearances (T-1st)
18 Games Finished (T-2nd), 24 Games In Relief (T-2nd)
Ryan Juarez: 15 Games Started (1st)
Bryan Longpre: 3 Runners Picked Off (T-3rd), 22 Games In Relief (7th)
Dominic Piazza: 10 Runners Caught Stealing (T-7th)
Ryan Pineda: .605 Slugging Pct. (9th), 54 Runs Scored (4th), 70 Hits (10th), 61 RBIs (1st),
14 Home Runs (T-1st), 127 Total Bases (5th), 24 Stolen Bases (2nd)
A SEASON TO REMEMBER
The two stolen base records set in CSUN’s series at Santa Barbara earlier this month 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 heading into their five-game homestand.
With 17 doubles already hit this season, Dominic D’ Anna will need another three to crack the top-ten and tie Jim Vatcher (1987) and Kevin Patrick (1998) for 10th place with 20 doubles. The first baseman will need to earn one more sacrifice fly to tie six other Matadors for 10th place with their six flies in a season.
Having scored on 57 occasions, Ryan Pineda will need to touch home plate 12 more times in CSUN’s final 3 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 16 home runs, another four will give Pineda sole possession for 10th place for the most round-trippers hit in a season. Pineda also stands just one RBI shy of tying Dave Govea (1982) and his 67 RBIs for 10th place.
TS Reed and Justin DeMarco have tied three other Matadors for 10th place with seven sacrifice hits apiece; one more hit by either Matador would vault them up the list to eighth place.
Thanks to his two-triple performance against UC Riverside last Tuesday, C.J. Belanger’s seven triples his this season now tie him for third place with Adam Kennedy (1995). If he can replicate his performance on Tuesday, he will be tied with Jerry Libman and his nine triples for the highest amount collected by a Matador in one season.
Finally, closer Jimmy Jolicoeur is only one save away from earning a spot in the record books for the 9th highest amount of saves earned in one season. Going into this weekend’s series, the right-hander is currently tied for 10th place with three other pitchers with four saves.
As a team, the Matadors are only 16 stolen bases shy of tying the team season record of 99 set by the 1996 squad.
SHAPING 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 eight place all-time having hit 44 doubles as a Matador during his three seasons at Northridge. His next double will tie him with Mike Solar (1989-92) and his 45 career doubles hit as a Matador. Pineda also occupies ninth place all-time with 32 career home runs, needing only one more to tie Solar and Tim Arroyo (1999-2002) and their 33 collective home runs. Pineda is also tied with Robert Fick (1995-96) for eighth place all-time with 142 runs batted in.
C.J. Belanger’s 17 career triples is the second highest total hit by a Matador in the 51 years the program has been in existence. One more triple will tie the senior right-fielder with Adam Kennedy (1995-97) for this most triples hit during their career as a Matador, two will give the Stanton, Calif.-native sole possession of first place.
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 seven career saves already earned, Jimmy Jolicoeur has a chance to further climb up the all-time standings. Currently in fifth place, the right-hander needs only one more save to share fourth place with Todd Denhart (1990-91).