NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge Matadors continue the current homestand this week by hosting conference-rival UC Riverside in a three-game series before welcoming the University of Washington on Monday. After going 1-2 at Long Beach State last weekend to open Big West play, the Matadors will look to climb a few games in the standings this week against undefeated UCR. Following the series, Northridge will take on the Huskies for a single game before hitting the road for the team's next eight contests.
GAMES #29-31: Matadors (13-15, 1-2 Big West) vs. UC Riverside (14-10, 3-0)
Friday, April 5 - 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 - 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 - 1 p.m.
GAME #32: CSUN vs. Washington (7-19, 2-7 Pac-12)
Monday, April 8 - 3 p.m.
Matador Field (1,000) - Northridge, Calif.
Live Stats: Link Available on Baseball Schedule Page
Audio: Link Available on Baseball Schedule Page
In-game Twitter Updates: @CSUNBaseball
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All home games this season will include live stats coverage and selected contests will also feature a free audio broadcast on GoMatadors.com. For road games, related links to the game, including for any live stats, audio and video, will be posted before the game on the baseball schedule page of GoMatadors.com. Fans are also encouraged to check the Cal State Northridge Athletics Department's official Twitter feed (@GoMatadors) and the baseball-specific feed (@CSUNBaseball) for updates of games in progress and news and notes throughout the week.
The Matadors split its two midweek home games this week, eking out a 2-1 victory over CSU Bakersfield before falling in extra innings to Loyola Marymount. On Monday, Northridge was held hitless until a Chester Pak single in the bottom of the seventh. Joshua Goossen-Brown came through offensively for CSUN in the eighth after CSUB failed to turn a double play and plated two runs with a double down the left field line to put the Matadors ahead 2-1. Goossen-Brown then pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his fifth save of the season.
On Tuesday, Northridge held the lead for much of the game against LMU, but the Lions were able to chip away and score the final four runs of the afternoon, including the tying run with two outs in the ninth and two runs in the 10th, to escape Matador Field with a win. Goossen-Brown went 3-for-5 with a single, double and triple and drove in a career-high three runs. Nicolas Osuna, Anthony Lombardo and Ryan Raslowsky all had multiple-hit games as well, but the Matadors were unable to keep the Lions from rallying late. Thirty-four different players participated in the game, including 11 pitchers, and the teams combined for 16 runs on 30 hits and five errors.
A Closer Look at UC Riverside
The UC Riverside Highlanders enter the week with a 14-10 overall record and are 3-0 in Big West Conference play after securing a sweep of then-No. 21 UC Irvine Anteaters at the Riverside Sports Complex last week. The Highlanders split a pair of games against San Diego State in midweek play this week and look to continue their hot streak when they visit the Matadors.
The Highlanders are led offensively by David Andriese, the reigning Big West Player of the Week. Andriese is currently hitting .364 and ties for the team lead in both triples (3) and RBIs (19). Devyn Bolasky has started 13 games this season for UCR and is hitting .340 with 13 runs scored while Clayton Prestridge, a regular starter, has a .337 batting average and 18 runs batted in. Overall, UCR has six batters hitting above .300.
Left-handed pitcher Dylan Stuart, the ace of the staff, will pitch Friday afternoon. He is currently 3-2 with a 4.12 ERA and has logged a complete game as well. In 39.1 innings, Stuart has just 12 strikeouts and has allowed 54 hits. Another lefty, Ben Doucette, is set to start on Saturday. Doucette is 1-1 in six starts with a 5.52 ERA and is third on the staff with 19 strikeouts. No starter has been named yet for Sunday's series finale.
A Closer Look at Washington
The Washington Huskies come into the week with a record of 7-19 and a mark of 2-7 in Pac-12 Conference play. However, the Huskies have already had to face tough series against nationally-ranked UCLA and Oregon, as well as LSU, all on the road. The Huskies are 3-15 in away games and are 2-5 against the Big West, dropping series to both Cal Poly and UC Davis.
Andrew Ely has started in 23 games this year for Washington and is hitting .306 with a pair of doubles and five RBIs. Robert Pehl leads the way with 13 runs batted in while Brian Wolfe is the team leader with two home runs.
Jacob Coats is the top relief pitcher for the Huskies, not having allowed a run in 6.2 innings over 10 appearances this season. Austin Voth has made seven starts for the club and leads the way in the win column with three. He has an ERA of 3.52 in 46.0 innings and has a team-high 52 strikeouts. The Huskies will first travel to Pepperdine for a three-game non-conference series this weekend before meeting the Matadors on Monday afternoon in Northridge.
Matadors in the Big West Top Ten
With the first week of Big West Conference play in the books, the Cal State Northridge Matadors rank among the statistical leaders in the Big West Conference's seventh standings release of the year. Northridge currently is sixth in team batting average (.258) and sixth in slugging percentage (.344). The Matadors are now fifth in the conference with 135 runs scored and are fifth with 235 hits recorded. Northridge has the seventh-best on base percentage (.349) and is sixth with 122 runs batted in. The Matadors are tied for sixth in the league with 36 doubles and are third with 12 home runs. CSUN is the league leader with 31 sacrifice bunts and ranks fourth with 32 stolen bases.
Defensively, Cal State Northridge's pitching staff is settling in to a position in the middle of multiple categories. Northridge has the seventh-best earned run average (4.49) and is fourth in strikeouts with 179. The pitching staff leads the league with 66 strikeouts looking and is sixth with 13 wins. CSUN ties for fourth in the Big West with three runners picked off on the year. The Matadors rank 10th for hits allowed at 276 and are seventh with 140 runs allowed this season.
Individually, Miles Williams is ninth with a .477 slugging percentage and is third in the conference with 23 RBIs while leading the way with seven home runs. Cal Vogelsang is tied for fourth with two sac flies. Nathan Ring is currently fourth in the Big West with 14 walks drawn and is tied for third with Chester Pak with seven stolen bases. Tommy Simis and Kyle Attl are tied for fifth in the conference with five sacrifice bunts. Joshua Goossen-Brown is tied for first in the league with a 1.000 fielding percentage. He also ties for fourth with a pair of sacrifice flies on the year and is fourth with 22 RBIs.
Pitchers Jerry Keel, and Calvin Copping are tied for fourth in the Big West having struck out 12 batters looking. John Salas ranks sixth in that category with 11. Keel is ninth in the league wth a 2.47 ERA while Salas ties for third with 13 appearances on the season. Goossen-Brown checks in at five in the Big West with four saves. All stats are current as of April 4 and include all games through April 3.