April 20, 2009

Northridge Returns Home To Begin Four-Game Homestand

April 20, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Pepperdine Waves (23-15) will make their second trip to Matador Field this season when they face the Matadors in a Tuesday matinee at Matador Field. RHP Paul Tremlin (5-1, 4.70) will take the mound for Cal State Northridge (16-22) as he squares off against LHP Scott Alexander (3-3, 3.79).

Both teams faced each other during the inaugural weekend of the 2009 season in a three-game series; Northridge dropped both away games 4-3 and 3-2 in Malibu via Pepperdine walk-off home runs, but defeated the Waves in the second game of the series played at Northridge.

In that game played on February 21, a three-run fifth inning would provide all the necessary runs for sophomore pitcher Ryan Juarez as the Matadors avenged the prior day's final-inning loss by defeating the Pepperdine Waves 6-2 in their inaugural home game of the 2009 season.

In his six-inning stint on the mound, Juarez only allowed seven hits and two runs to pick up the first CSUN victory of the season. Billy Ott emerged from the bullpen in the top of the seventh to preserve the victory, allowing zero hits in three runs, and earned his first save of the season in the process.

Scheduled to take the mound in Tuesday's game against the Matadors is Alexander, the same Waves pitcher who took the mound for CSUN's home opener and ended up with his first loss of the season. Alexander will bring his 3.79 ERA to Northridge, and look to avenge the results from his previous performance earlier in the season.

Leading the way for Pepperdine is outfielder Nate Simon, catcher Trent Diedrich, and third baseman/designated hitter Colin Rooney with their respective batting averages of .364, .346, and .339. Simon's seven home runs is currently a team-high in that category, with both Simon and Rooney ranked first and third respectively in total RBI's with 37 and 20 respectively.

Unlike the Matador's previous opponent, the Long Beach State 49ers who have amasses a staggering total of 79 stolen bases this season, the Waves have only stolen 34 in their 43 attempts so far in their season. Baseball fans should still keep an eye for two players if they reach base, Simon and teammate Bryce Mendonca as combined the duo have stolen half of the team's total bases this season with the former going 6-8, and the latter currently 11-14.

Northridge will look to split the season series Tuesday afternoon, and snap Pepperdine's two-game win streak as the Waves look to build upon their last two victories against Loyola Marymount with their first win at Matador Field since March 7, 2000.

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