Three Matadors Receive 2009 Big West All-Conference Team Honors

May 27, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Junior Brian Slover and seniors Richard Cates and P.J. Rousey were named to the 2009 Big West All-Conference Team for their success on the baseball diamond this season.

Slover, a right-handed pitcher who served as the primary closer this season earned a spot on the second team, while outfielder/first baseman Cates and RHP Rousey were received honorable mention.

After sitting out the 2008 season as a redshirt, Slover returned to the mound in 2009 and quickly made a name for himself as one of the most dominant closers in the Big West Conference.

Finishing with a 4-5 record, Slover's 1.39 ERA was the lowest figure amongst all Matador pitchers (with ten appearances or more), while his nine saves ranked him fourth overall within the Conference, and ties him with Mike Frick (2001) for the highest number of saves earned in a single season by any Matador pitcher.

In 29 appearances, Slover pitched a total of 45.1 innings, striking out 48 batters in the process, while allowing only 15 walks throughout the entire season.

Receiving All-Conference honors for the second consecutive season, Cates led the Matadors with his .374 batting average, 44 runs scored, and 83 hits collected throughout the season.

After being named to the second team last season, Cates will finish the 2009 campaign with the sixth-highest batting average and third highest amount of hits amongst all position players within the Big West.

The outfielder-turned-first baseman will close out his collegiate career with his most productive performance at the plate in any of his four seasons as a Matador, numbers that helped him earn a spot on the honorable mention list after receiving second-team honors the previous season.

Also joining Cates on the honorable mention list is senior pitcher Rousey. The right-hander from La Crescenta finishes his career at Northridge with his most successful season ever on the mound; both Rousey and Slover are receiving All-Conference honors for the first time as a Matador.

Trailing only teammate Slover for the lowest ERA on staff who appeared in ten or more games this season, Rousey crafted a 1.93 ERA in his 25 appearances this season. In his 18.2 innings pitched, Rousey struckout nine batters and only allowed 15 hits, the lowest total amongst all Matador pitchers.