March 4, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Matadors posted four consecutive wins over the same opponent for the first time since 1998 with their victory over La Salle Tuesday. Drew Muren was the starter and earned his first collegiate win for the Matadors, who put their streak on the line Wednesday vs. UC Santa Barbara.
John Parham was the offensive catalyst from the designated hitter position. The junior usually gets his work in behind the plate or in the outfield, but today he turned his attention to full-time offense. Parham was 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a run-scored, leading three other Matadors with multiple hits.
Justin DeMarco had his best day of the year at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs-scored. DeMarco swiped two bases, laid down a sac bunt, and was hit by a pitch to complete one of the most complete stat lines for any Matador this season. Todd Eskelin went 2-for-2 after replacing C.J. Belanger in center field, and Richard Cates was 2-for-4 to continue his hot streak. Cates has logged at least two hits in his last four games.
Muren's second start of the year turned out to be a gem. The freshman turned in six strong innings, scattering just four hits and allowing just one run. He struck out three and did not issue a free pass. Muren's other start, against UCLA, will be banished from the statistics until April, so for now, Muren is 1-0 with a paltry 1.50 ERA.
The Matadors have momentum in their favor when they host UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday. Including Tuesday's win, the Matadors are averaging nearly 11 runs and 13 hits per game and are allowing less than six scores per contest. UCSB enters the game with a bit of momentum on its own side after three straight victories, including a 10-8 win over conference foe Cal Poly.
The Matadors will send Ryan Juarez to the hill in hopes of securing its first five game win streak since late 2006. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.