Feb. 24, 2009
Northridge, Calif. - There have been many great teams in the 50-year history of Cal State Northridge. The 1970 Matador NCAA championship team is certainly among them.
Because of the outstanding exploits of the 1970 baseball team at Cal State Northridge, the entire squad will be formally inducted into the Matador Hall of Fame along with four former Matador student-athletes, and two former Matador head coaches in ceremonies on March 1 at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills.
It will be the first time in school history that a team will be honored in the Matador Hall of Fame.
The 1970 Matadors baseball team captured the NCAA Division II national championship. After losing their first game in the double elimination game at the College World Series, the Matadors won six straight games in Springfield, Missouri, to captured the national title. The Matadors chalked up a 41-21 overall record, and captured the league title with an 18-6 record.
The head coach was Bob Hiegert, who is a member of the CSUN Hall of Fame, and currently commissioner of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
"That team was very special," said Hiegert. "The team was very dedicated to a team concept. There were no individual stars. We played hard, tough baseball. We had very good pitching, and we were very good defensively. We led the nation in walks and sacrifices. We played many great teams that year, maybe overscheduled, but it prepared us down the road. After we won the College World Series, we received a lot of recognition outside of the San Fernando Valley area. We were honored by then Los Angeles mayor Sam Yorty. It is great that we honor this baseball team by their induction into the Matador Hall of Fame."
Beth Onestinghel-Woll (1985-88, softball) will join Marcus Brady (1998-01, football), Brian Heinle (1997-01, basketball) and Jeff Kubiak (1985-87, swimming) into this year's class of Hall of Fame inductees.
The two former head coaches are Marwan Ass'ad (men's soccer, 1983-98) and Dr. Barbara Swerkes (track & field, 1972-80).
The 2009 inductees join 99 other distinguished members of the Cal State Northridge Athletic Hall of Fame.
If you would like more information on the Hall of Fame luncheon on March 1, please contact Megan Norman at 818-677-3208 or at megan.norman@ csun.edu
1970 San Fernando Valley State College Baseball Team
*** Captured the NCAA Division II National Championship
*** Won six games at the College World Series in Springfield, Missouri, to capture the national title
*** Beat Nicholls State, 2-1, to win the NCAA title
*** Chalked up a 41-21 overall record and captured the CCAA league title with an 18-6 record
*** Put together winning streaks of seven and six games during the 1970 season
*** Head coach was Bob Hiegert
*** Won four games at the NCAA West Regional to advance to the College World Series
*** Team still holds several school records including Lew Lerner's 1.25 era, Chuck Stone's 72 walks, and the team era of 2.54
*** Lew Lerner gained All-American honors