Getting to Know: Baseball Signee Justin Toerner


Cal State Northridge baseball head coach Greg Moore announced a signing class of 10 student-athletes for the 2014-15 season in November. One of those signees is Justin Toerner, a left-handed pitcher and outfielder from Temecula, Calif.

Toerner is a product of Chaparral High School and has also played for the West Coast Clippers travel team. sat down with Justin to get his thoughts about becoming a Matador, life, school and everything in between…..
JUSTIN TOERNER, LHP/OF, Chapparal High School, CA

What was your first impression of Cal State Northridge when you began to be recruited?
My first impression of CSUN is that it is a great campus, lots of trees, and it is located near a lot of my family.

What can you say about the Cal State Northridge Baseball coaching staff?
CSUN's baseball coaching staff are not only interested in their players' well being during their playing years but also have a great program in place that sets their players up to succeed in whatever they want to do in life.

What's your first memory of Cal State Northridge?
My first memory of CSUN is when I was younger and my dad and I were near the campus. He decided to drive around the campus to show me the college he went to.

What do you love most about the sport of baseball?
What I love about baseball is that it's more of a mental game than most sports and it's full of life lessons.

If you weren't playing baseball, what sport(s) would you be playing?
I would most likely be playing football.

What kinds of things do you like to do away from the field?
I like to fish and hang out with family and friends.

When you attend CSUN, what do you intend to major in and why?
As of right now I'm undecided.

If professional baseball doesn't work out, what do you aspire to do after college?
I would like to be a firefighter paramedic.

Are you involved in the community? If so, what have you done?
I help out with The Challenger Program that allows special needs kids play and learn baseball.

What's the best advice you've ever been given and by whom?
"Never get too high or too low, there's always another game" – My Dad

Do you have any pre-game superstitions? If so, what are they?
I'm not really a superstitious person.

What number have you worn in high school? Does it have any significance to you?
I wear #15 because it was my dad's number.

If you could meet any three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
I would like to meet Dustin Pedroia, Matt Kemp, and Roberto Clemente

What is your favorite pre-game meal?
It would probably be a breakfast burrito because I play a lot of early morning games.

What is your favorite pre-game music?
I listen to a variety of music, so really whatever I have playing on my phone.

If you could visit one country you've never been to, what would that be and why?
Probably Italy because of the food.

Who was your favorite athlete growing up?
Growing up my favorite athlete was JT Snow.

What is your favorite baseball team?
The World Series champs Boston Red Sox!

What sporting event would you most like to see the most?
The Stanley Cup

What's the most important thing Cal State Northridge fans should know about you?
I like to compete and I love to win.

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