UNLV Rebels and Seattle Redhawks Up Next for Matador Baseball
March 15, 2010
A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK
Monday, March 8: Northridge 5, Connecticut 3
Wednesday, March 10: Northridge 5, #11 East Carolina 3
Friday, March 12: Northridge 12, LMU 5
Saturday, March 13: Northridge 13, LMU 5
Sunday, March 14: Northridge 10, LMU 20
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Tuesday, March 16: Vs. UNLV • Matador Field • Northridge, Calif. • 2 p.m. PDT • Gametracker
Friday, March 19: At Seattle • Bannerwood Park • Bellevue, Wash. • 6 p.m. PDT • Live Stats (Seattle Feed)
Saturday, March 20 (Gm. #1): At Seattle • Bannerwood Park • Bellevue, Wash. • 1 p.m. PDT • Live Stats (Seattle Feed)
Saturday, March 20 (Gm. #2): At Seattle • Bannerwood Park • Bellevue, Wash. • 40 min. after Game #1 • Live Stats (Seattle Feed)
Sunday, March 21: At Seattle • Bannerwood Park • Bellevue, Wash. • 11 a.m. PDT • Live Stats (Seattle Feed)
Tuesday: RHP Alex Muren (0-0, 2.57) vs. LHP Glenn DeWeese (1-0, 2.08)
Friday: RHP Ryan Juarez (1-1, 4.76) vs. RHP Brandon Kiser (0-0, 7.13)
Saturday (Gm. #1) : RHP Paul Tremlin (3-1, 3.71) vs. RHP Arlo Evasick (1-2, 6.75)
Saturday (Gm. #2) : RHP Shawn Wilyman (0-2, 7.36) vs. LHP Conor Spink (0-3, 9.16)
Sunday: TBD vs. RHP Brian Shannon (1-1, 8.47)
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - After scoring 35 combined runs last weekend against the LMU Lions, the Matadors will look to continue their success at the plate in a one-off game against UNLV this Tuesday at Matador Field before flying to Washington for a four-game weekend series against Seattle.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Cal State Northridge will face the UNLV Rebels for the irst of two games played this season against one another when the Rebels visit Matador Field on Tuesday, March 16. Last season CSUN faced the Rebels four times, winning both of the games played in the Valley by scores of 5-1 and 9-4, and split the two games played in Las Vegas by scores of 13-8 and 8-2.
Currently UNLV holds a 24-23 record all-time against CSUN, a sweep of the season series would give CSUN the series advantage for the first time since the 1978 season.
Northridge will travel to Las Vegas on May 18th for a one-off game that will complete the 2010 season series.
The Seattle University Redhawks Baseball program is in its first year of existence and will compete in their inaugural series against one another when CSUN travels to the Evergreen State this upcoming weekend for the first of only two road trips this season that will take place outside California.
MAKING YOUR PLANS FOR THIS WEEKEND?
Fans, friends, and family members of Matador Baseball should be aware that this weekend's four-game series against Seattle University will take place at Bannerwood Park in the city of Bellevue, Washington. There is no baseball facility on-campus in downtown Seattle, forcing the Redhawks to play their home contests outside campus boundaries. Those individuals looking to locate the facility can enter the following address to find the location of all games played this Friday-Sunday: Bannerwood Park, 1630 132nd Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA. 98007.
I GOTTA SAY IT WAS A GOOD DAY
During last week's action against Connecticut, ECU, and LMU a number of Matadors either set or tied their career highs with their respective performances.
Third baseman Justin DeMarco added another four hits to his total against Connecticut on March 7th, setting a new career high.
Teammate Billy Ott was another Matador who performed solidly; against ECU the right-hander fanned seven Pirates to tie his career high.
Ryan Juarez turned a splendid performance against LMU later in the week when the right-hander struckout eight LMU batters to tie his career high.
Also setting career highs against LMU was right-hander Paul Tremlin as he struckout seven batters in his seven innings of scoreless baseball thrown. Even more remarkable was the fact that Tremlin threw a no-hitter for the first 6.1 innings of the game before exiting after seven innings, yielding only two hits to the Lions.
LEADING THE WAY
Entering the fifth week of the season, various Matadors can be found atop the Big West Conference in a variety of categories.
C.J. Belanger: .421 batting avg. (4th), 24 hits (T-4th), 30 total bases (10th)
Ridge Carpenter: Ten stolen bases (1st)
Dominic D'Anna: .667 slugging pct. (T-5th), .477 on-base pct. (T-7th), 17 rbi's (2nd), six doubles (T-3rd),
three home runs (T-2nd), 34 total bases (6th), nine walks (T-6th)
Justin DeMarco: .481 on-base pct. (5th), 11 walks (4th)
Justen Gorski: Two runners picked off (T-3rd)
Jimmy Jolicoeur: Two saves (T-2nd)
Ryan Juarez: 28.1 innings pitched (T-3rd), 23 batters struckout (T-5th)
Andrew Muren: Five stolen bases (T-5th)
Ryan Pineda: 19 runs scored (1st), 18 rbi's (1st), three home runs (T-2nd), 33 total bases (T-7th),
five hit-by-pitches (T-4th), nine stolen bases (2nd)
TS Reed: Four sacrifice bunts (T-3rd)
Paul Tremlin: Three wins (T-3rd)
WHAT A DAY!
It was one year ago to the day in 2009 when Pineda hit two home runs in a game, a feat that would happen twice in the same game when first baseman Dominic D'Anna and shortstop Brad Decater hit multiple home runs in one game on March 14 vs. LMU. Of the five home runs hit off Matador bats that afternoon, the duo hit four of them.
MAKING THE MOST OF A FIRST IMPRESSION
Last Sunday in the Matadors' game vs. Connecticut, freshman catcher Marty Bowen definitely made a strong first impression on the CSUN faithful as he not only made his first career start, but also hit a home run in the same game. Only two individuals during the Steve Rousey era have earned this accomplishment as former outfielder Brett Blumenthal hit a home run in his first career start as a Matador when CSUN traveled to Tempe to face Arizona State on January 27, 2006.
BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
For his efforts at #18 San Diego and vs. Pepperdine during the last week of February, Cal State Northridge's Ryan Pineda and Long Beach State's Steve Tinoco earned Big West Baseball Co-Field Player of the Week honors.
Pineda led the Matadors to three wins against West Coast Conference teams by hitting 6-for-15 (.400) with four runs scored and three RBI's. He added four stolen bases in the three contests.
His biggest hit was a two-run walk-off home run in Sunday's 7-6 come-from-behind win over Pepperdine as the Las Vegas, Nev. native went 3-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases in the game.
PIAZZA NAMED TO JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
Even though the 2010 season is only a few weeks old, junior transfer Dominic Piazza has already made a deep impression as he has been nominated to the official watch list for the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award delivered by Papa John's Pizza.
Organized and announced by The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission earlier this week, fifty-three catchers were nominated for the award given to the top Division-I collegiate catcher. Additional candidates can be added to the list until May 5, 2010 when the watch list will be narrowed down to ten semifinalists, whom will be announced May 19, 2010.
At that time, ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of the regular season in May for a vote to determine three finalists; the trio will be announced on June 2, 2010 prior to the NCAA Regionals and Major League Baseball Draft. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series, all finalists will then travel to Wichita and attend the 13th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on July 1, 2010 where the winner will be announced.
Named after the former Cincinnati Reds catcher, he was the first ballplayer to use a protective helmet in the field, popularized catching one-handed and kept his throwing hand behind his back to protect it from foul tips.
Bench's career honors include: National League Rookie of the Year (1968); National League Most Valuable Player (1970, 1972); World Series Most Valuable Player (1976); 14-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner. In 1980, he set an endurance record by catching 100+ games for 13 consecutive seasons. Bench was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January 1989 with the fourth highest percentage of total votes cast.
SUCCEEDING WHEN IT COUNTS
With his performance on the road against #18 San Diego, and in two games against Pepperdine, third baseman Justin DeMarco becomes the second Matador in as many days to receive accolades as the junior was named to CollegeBaseball360.com's Primetime Player of the Week Honor Roll for Week #2.
A website dedicated solely to college baseball and the performances taking place within, CollegeBaseball360.com compiled its list of clutch performers from the first full week of collegiate baseball action.
DeMarco batted 5-for-12, hit a double, drove in two RBI's, drew three walks, stole a base, and scored three times in CSUN's victories over #18 San Diego and Pepperdine. Not found in the box scores was the third baseman's performance at the plate when leading-off the inning during his team's at-bats. On six occasions last week DeMarco was the first Matador batter in his team's respective half of the inning and found a way to reach base everytime.
In San Diego, the junior went 3-for-4, and was an instrumental contributor in CSUN's first of three come-from-behind victories that week.
DeMarco was one of four third baseman of the 21 honorees selected, and one of eight individuals from California to receive recognition.