Balkan, Pitching Lead Team Black to Fall World Series Win


After a weekend of rain at Matador Field, the Red/Black World Series resumed on Monday afternoon as Team Black clinched the series with a 2-1 victory. Senior infielder Brett Balkan went 1-for-2 at the plate with a double, RBI and run scored and left-handed pitcher John Salas (La Crescenta, Calif./College of the Canyons) pitched four shutout innings to earn the win.

Balkan had a productive day offensively and had a part in both of Team Black's runs in the game. He brought in a run with a squeeze bunt and also hit a double before scoring a run later in the game.

Outfielder Cal Vogelsang went 2-for-3 for Team Black with a double as well.

In addition to Salas' four-inning performance, Matador newcomer Michael Coates (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Moorpark College) pitched two shutout innings in relief. Joshua Goossen-Brown picked up the save with one inning of work and allowed one run before getting out of trouble to end the game.

Team Red had impressive pitching performances as well, led by Calvin Copping's (Temple City, Calif./Temple City HS) four innings of work. Copping consistently hit his spots in the strike zone and allowed one unearned run on the day. Kyle Ferramola (Los Alamitos, Calif./Cypress College) pitched one inning in relief and set down the side in order.

After winning the first game of the Red/Black World Series last Friday, Team Black now holds a 2-0 advantage heading into Tuesday's finale. First pitch from Matador Field is scheduled for 2 p.m. and fans are encouraged to follow the official Twitter feed of Matador Baseball (@CSUNBaseball) for updates related to any changes.

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