June 9, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge Baseball announced their individual award winners as selected annually by members of the team earlier this week.
Sophomore shortstop TS Reed and freshman catcher Pat Castillo shared Best Teammate accolades for their efforts and contributions throughout the 2009 season. After missing a number of games due to injury, Reed was able to finish the season with a .234 batting average, with 29 hits, four doubles, nine RBI's, and tied teammate Richard Cates for the second-highest number of stolen bases on the season with seven. Castillo served as a vital member of the Matador pitching, assisting the coaching staff with their responsibilities while serving as primary bullpen catcher for Head Coach Steve Rousey.
Two Matadors also split the Most Competitive Pitcher honors as starter Ryan Juarez and reliever Brian Slover were chosen by their teammates to receive the award. With his 7-5 record, RHP Juarez ended the 2009 campaign tied for the most wins on-staff, pitching a team-high 84.2 innings in the process. With his 39-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio Juarez, a solidified his spot as the Matador's Friday starter in his sophomore season and looks to improve his numbers across-the-board for the second consecutive season when he takes the field in 2010.
Slover, the team's primary reliever, finished his junior season at Northridge with a 1.39 ERA, the lowest figure of any Matador pitcher in 2009 (min. ten appearances). The Second Team All-Big West Conference honoree finished the season with nine saves, and struckout 48 batters in his 45.1 innings thrown this season. With opposing batters hitting a meager .210 against Slover, the right-hander carved his well-earned reputation as one of the best relievers in the Big West Conference with his performance throughout the season.
Catcher John Parham, one of four members of the 2009 Senior Class, concluded his collegiate career at CSUN earning Most Consistent Defender. The starting catcher for the Matadors finished his season with a .260 average, 51 hits, eight doubles, three home runs, and 25 RBI's. In addition to his two game-winning hits, Parham scored the decisive run in the Matador's home finale against Pacific, was responsible for five of CSUN's team-record 32 pickoffs, and successfully caught 14 runners attempting to steal a base.
Earning both Toughest Out and Most Clutch Hitter awards was senior first baseman Cates. The two-time All-Big West Conference let the Matadors in a variety of offensive categories with his .374 average, 44 runs, 83 hits, .456 on base percentage, and tied Reed for the second-highest number of stolen bases with seven. Known by many Matador baseball fans for his gritty work ethic and all-out performance on the diamond, Cates also brought with him a cache of experiences and leadership skills to the dugout, intangible assets only seen by the privileged few in the clubhouse.
MATADOR BASEBALL AWARD WINNERS
Most Consistent Defender - John Parham
Toughest Out and Most Clutch Hitter - Richard Cates