July 2, 2008

Matador Baseball Summer Report #1

July 2, 2008

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

Matador Baseball Summer Report #1

One of the annual rites of passages for college baseball players is to travel the country, and even the continent, in the summer to play baseball in a number of leagues that brings together some of the country's finest collegiate players.

Head coach Steve Rousey and assistants Robert McKinley and Mark Kertenian have dispersed 23 Matadors throughout North America to hone their abilities for the 2009 season. A look at their performances so far indicates that the upcoming year for Matador Baseball could be a memorable one.

2008 Big West Freshman of the Year, Ryan Pineda, is currently playing for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod league. Through 13 games, he is hitting .255 with four doubles, two home runs and six RBIs.

Another Matador, Drew Muren, is also playing in the Cape. Currently with the Hyannis Mets, Muren has posted a 1-0 record in three appearances and eight innings of work. He has not allowed an earned run and opponents have hit just .083 off him through July 1.

The Matadors have two players currently playing in the Northwoods League. Both C.J. Belanger and Bryan Longpre, an incoming transfer, are playing for the Mankato MoonDogs. Belanger has collected 10 hits, nine RBIs, three doubles and 15 walks through July 1. On the mound, Longpre has a 1-1 record with a 1.50 ERA in five starts. He has allowed only five earned runs in 30 innings of work and opponents are hitting .235 off him through July 1.

Four Matadors are currently playing for the Humboldt Crabs. Richard Cates, John Parham, Taylor Austin and Peter Mendez have all turned in good performances for the Crabs thus far. Cates is hitting .400 through 14 games with 17 RBIs and 12 runs, while Parham checks in with five runs, a triple and three RBIs. On the mound, Austin is 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA and one save in four appearances and Mendez is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA and a team-high 19 strikeouts in four starts.

The Rockville Express of the Cal Ripken Sr., Collegiate League boasts two current Northridge players, Justin DeMarco and Todd Eskelin. DeMarco is currently hitting .233 with eight runs and seven RBIs while Eskelin is second on the team with a .286 batting average and has three doubles, a triple and a home run and a team-high .407 on-base percentage.

In the Midwest, Dominic D'Anna and T.S. REed are currently playing for the Chillicothe Mudcats of the M.IN.K. League, which consists of teams in Minnesota, Indiana, Nebraska and Kansas. D'Anna is hitting .391 so far with seven doubles, three home runs and 16 RBIs, while Reed has scored 16 runs with three doubles and a triple.

Bryce Schoening, Paul Tremlin and Ryan Juarez are all spending this summer with the Santa Maria Valley Packers. As of July 1, Schoening is 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA in seven appearances. Tremlin sports a 1.50 ERA and 1-0 record in seven games, including four starts and Juarez owns a 1.12 ERA in six games and 16 innings of work.

Billy Ott is currently taking the hill for the Palm Springs Power and owns a 1-0 record with a 3.44 ERA in four starts. He has struck out 20 batters in 18.1 innings of work.

In the Boise Summer League, Scott Stidham, Billy Swanson and Matthew Carvutto are all making a change and playing with wooden bats this summer. Stidham is with the Nampa Bear Valley Rapids and is hitting .273 with a double, six RBIs and seven runs scored. Swanson is with the Nampa Wilson Stars and leads the league with a .486 batting average and has 15 RBIs and nine runs scored. Carvutto is with the Nampa Wolfpack and is hitting .405 with eight runs, seven RBIs and a double and a triple.

Chris Hannick is currently participating with the Conjeo Oaks in the California Collegiate League. He is currently hitting .269 with 13 RBIs and three doubles.

Three Matadors are gaining some international experience, playing in Canada this summer. Jeff Pruitt, Matt Warr and P.J. Rousey are all playing with the Melville Millionaires in the Western Major Baseball League. Warr leads the team with a .379 batting average with six doubles, 10 runs and 10 RBIs. Pruitt checks in at .261 with two triples, six RBIs and seven runs scored while Rousey has made one appearance on the mound. 

Finally, another incoming transfer, China McCarney, has appeared in one game for the Braves in the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League.