NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
After being inserted into the lineup as a hitter for the first time this season, Cal State Northridge sophomore pitcher/designated hitter Kyle Ferramola was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. In five games this week, Ferramola went 4-for-9 at the plate with a triple, two home runs, four RBIs, helping the Matadors go 4-1 with a four-game sweep over Utah Valley University.
Ferramola entered last Tuesday's game as a pinch hitter against CSU Bakersfield and drew a walk in his only appearance. He then cracked the starting lineup as the DH on Friday against Utah Valley and immediately produced for the Matadors.
In his first at-bat of the season, Ferramola hit a two-run triple off the right field wall to tie the game at two runs apiece. He scored the eventual winning run later in the inning as the Matadors took the first game 8-2.
After sitting out the first game of a doubleheader on Satuday, Ferramola continued his onslaught in the second game. He went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of solo home runs, his first two of his collegiate career. When asked about his performance, Ferramola noted it was his first multiple home run game since playing in Little League. His homer in the bottom of the eighth broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Matadors a doubleheader sweep.
In Sunday's finale, Ferramola was kept hitless but drew a pair of walks and scored the game-winning run for CSUN. Overall, he had three game-winning runs and a game-winning RBI this week.
In total, Ferramola hit .444, had a .615 on-base percentage and wracked up a slugging percentage of 1.333. The Matadors have now won four straight games for the first time this season.