Baseball Alumni Weekend Allows Past and Present to Build for the Future
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
This past weekend members of the 2014 Cal State Northridge baseball team played host to the Matadors that came before them, using the time to celebrate the rich history of the program and focus their sights on delivering another championship to the San Fernando Valley.
"Our players need these former players as examples of where they are headed in life. Alums deserve a warm welcome upon return. We saw relationships and memories rekindle this weekend. The energy at the course and the alumni game show the rich history and deep friendships that begin at CSUN," head coach Greg Moore said. "It was a special time in their lives. It should be celebrated."
The weekend started with the Bob Hiegert Golf Classic on Friday at Knollwood Country Club in Granada Hills. For the first time the event bore the name of the legendary former CSUN head coach and athletic director who led the Matadors to two NCAA Division II National Championships (1970, 1984). Hiegert also coached two other teams (1972, 1981) at CSUN that finished second and third in the NCAA Tournament, respectively.
Highlights from the program included recognition of teams and players from the past, as Coach Hiegert asked each era of CSUN's rich past to stand. In the crowd were long-time CSUN supporters like Richard Fager and Lou Marino. Coach Moore also highlighted the strength of this year's team, along with the recent academic achievement this past fall.
As the tournament's banquet came to a close, the Matadors presented Coach Hiegert with a plaque first presented to San Fernando Valley State by LA's Mayor in 1970. Coach Moore also announced that in the final weekend of March the team will retire Coach Hiegert's number.
On Saturday, the alumni and 2014 Matadors met for an exhibition at Matador Field in front of a mass of onlookers. Recent additions to the Alumni Team, Miles Williams and Cal Vogelsang, among others, teamed up with legend and National Champion Perry Husband (1984) to take on all that head coach Greg Moore and his side could throw at them. In the end, the 2014 Matadors took the day by a final score of 5-2. Jerry Keel and Brycen Rutherford combined on a two-hitter for the 2014 team.
The Cal State Northridge Matadors begin the 2014 season on February 14th when they travel to Daytona Beach, Fla., for a three-game series at Bethune-Cookman. Northridge will play its home opener on Friday, Feb. 21, against Seattle University at 2 p.m. at Matador Field.