Matador Baseball Summer Wrap-Up

Aug. 13, 2008


As the summer comes to a close, moving towards the start of the 2008-09 school year, the Cal State Northridge baseball players who participated in a variety of leagues throughout the continent turned in some outstanding performances for their summer league teams.

•In the Northeast, 2008 Big West Freshmen of the Year Ryan Pineda finished with a .273 batting average, 11 doubles, three home runs and 18 RBIs while playing for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League.

• The Matadors' other player in the Cape Cod League, Drew Muren, played for the Hyannis Mets and went 1-2 with a 3.33 ERA in three starts

• Playing for the Mankato Moondogs, incoming pitcher Bryan Longpre and senior C.J. Belanger helped lead the team to the Northwoods League North Division First-Half Championship and a spot in the playoffs

• Longpre went 4-2 this summer with a 2.93 ERA in 11 starts. He limited opponents to a .243 batting average in his 12 appearances.

• Belanger finished with 11 extra-base hits, 28 runs scored, 24 RBIs and 33 hits for the Moondogs.

Richard Cates, John Parham, Peter Mendez and Taylor Austin all performed well for the Humboldt Crabs.

• Cates hit .325, drawing 26 walks to only 10 strikeouts to finish with a .458 on-base percentage. He added 30 RBIs and scored 31 runs, both totals representing the second-best figures on the team.

• Parham finished with a .301 average, adding 11 steals in 13 chances. He also finished second on the team with 11 doubles and led the team with six sacrifice hits.

• On the mound, Mendez went 4-1 with a 1.92 ERA in nine starts. He fanned 44 batters during the summer compared to only 19 walks issued. Opponents hit just .176 off Mendez this summer.

• Austin finished with a microscopic 0.33 ERA and a 2-1 record in 11 appearances and 27.2 innings of work. He allowed only one earned run in the entire summer.

• For the Rockville Express, sophomore Todd Eskelin earned Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate League All-Star Team honors after hitting a team-high .292 with 13 extra-base hits and a .450 slugging percentage. His 35 hits, 20 RBIs and nine doubles led the team and he also added four stolen bases in six chances.

Justin DeMarco also played well for the Express, finishing third on the squad with a .264 batting average, scored a team-high 21 runs scored and added 13 RBIs.

• In the M.I.N.K. League (Minnesota, Indiana, Nebraska and Kansas League), sophomore Dominic D'Anna led the Chillicothe Mudcats in hitting with a .404 batting average, adding 15 doubles, five home runs and 34 RBIs. He also finished the summer hitting .370 with runners in scoring position.

• Teammate T.S. Reed also finished up his summer strong for the Mudcats, ending the season with a .283 average and five doubles. He also scored 30 runs and had a team-high 20 stolen bases.

Bryce Schoening, Paul Tremlin and Ryan Juarez all turned in good performances for the Santa Maria Valley Packers this summer.

• Schoening was 2-2 with a 2.62 ERA in 15 appearances. He fanned 24 batters in 34.1 innings of work and issued only five walks.

• Tremlin went 3-2 with a 2.05 ERA in 13 appearances and eight starts. He also turned in a complete game performance during the season, the team's only complete game of the summer.

• Juarez was also overpowering from the mound, finishing with a 1-1 record, a 1.85 ERA and 30 strikeouts. He tossed 39 innings of work, allowing only 29 hits and 11 walks.

Billy Ott sported a 1-0 record in nine appearances, including five starts, and a 3.25 ERA playing for the Palm Springs Power. He did not allow a home run this summer and fanned 35 batters in 33.2 innings.

• In the Boise Summer League, Billy Swanson led the Nampa Stars and the entire league with a .462 average. He collected a team-high 48 hits, 10 of which went for extra bases, and was 14-of-17 in stolen base chances.

Matt Warr enjoyed his time in Canada playing for the Melville Millionaires. He led the team with a .401 batting average and 57 hits. He also added 15 doubles, 26 RBIs and seven stolen bases.

P.J. Rousey finished up well for the Melville Millionaires, ending with a 3.78 ERA to go along with a 2-1 record in nine appearances, including one start. He limited opponents to just a .227 batting average in 16.2 innings of work.

Jeff Pruitt also performed well for the Millionaires this summer. The sophomore hit .236 and swiped 26 bases in 29 chances. He also collected 30 hits and scored 20 runs.

• Finally, incoming transfer China McCarney has spent his summer with the Braves in the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League. The pitcher finished 3-1 with a 3.85 ERA in five starts. He struck out 41 batters and walked only 12 in 35 innings of work.