Northridge Baseball Begins Season-Long Seven-Game Road Trip at UCSB

May 4, 2010

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A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK

Friday, April 30:  Matadors 7, UC Davis 9

Saturday, May 1: Matadors 11, UC Davis 1

Sunday, May 2: Matadors 0, UC Davis 16

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Friday, May 7 at UC Santa Barbara • Caesar Uyesaka Field • Santa Barbara, Calif. • 2 p.m. PDT •                     Gametracker/Audio/Video

Saturday, May 8 at UC Santa Barbara • Caesar Uyesaka Field • Santa Barbara, Calif. • 1 p.m. PDT •                   Gametracker/Audio/Video

Sunday, May 9 at UC Santa Barbara • Caesar Uyesaka Field • Santa Barbara, Calif. • 1 p.m. PDT •                     Gametracker/Audio/Video

PROBABLE STARTERS

Friday: RHP Ryan Juarez (2-4, 4.52) vs. LHP Mario Hollands (4-3, 3.99)

Saturday: RHP Paul Tremlin (6-5, 4.73) vs. LHP Nick Capito (4-4, 6.10)

Sunday: TBD vs. RHP Jesse Meaux (6-3, 5.05)

 

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge Matadors (22-19, 4-8 BWC) will begin their season-long seven-game road trip this weekend against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (19-20, 5-7 BWC). All games will take place at Caesar Uyesaka Field on the campus of UC Santa Barbara; Friday's game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., first pitch for both Saturday and Sunday's game will take place at 1 p.m. A live internet stream, internet radio broadcast, and GameTracker will be available for all three games at GoMatadors.com.

ON DECK

Starting with their three-game series this weekend at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB), the Cal State Northridge Matadors will begin a season-long seven game road trip that will also take the team to Riverside and Las Vegas before returning to the familiar confines of Matador Field.

Last season, CSUN began their Big West schedule at home against the Gauchos, a series that saw the Matadors win two of three to collect their first conference series. After being defeated in their Big West opening game by a score of 21-12, CSUN stormed back to defeat UCSB 9-4 the following day, and 3-2 to close out the weekend.

Unfortunately for Northridge, their last visit to Caesar Uyesaka Field was not a memorable occasion as the Gauchos took all three games during the 2008 season to sweep their rivals from the Valley.

UCSB is one of three conference teams - UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton are the others - that possess the advantage in the all-time series record; in the 128 games between teh two, CSUN has won 55 of those contests, with the Gauchos claiming 70. Three games have ended in ties. 

However, CSUN will continue to trim the Santa Barbara advantage in the all-time series record this weekend as they bring with them a two-game win streak, and victories in three of their last four match-ups.

Going into this week’s slate of games, the Gauchos are led by infielder Trevor Whyte as he currently leads the team with his .328 batting average and 45 hits, and ranks second with his 27 RBIs. On the basepaths, three Gauchos will receive a little extra attention from the Matador pitchers, a trio comprised of Ryan Tregoning (6-7 SB-SBA), Mark Haddow (10-13), and Gunnar Terhune (10-14). 

Possessing a 4-3 record, a 3.99 ERA, a team-high three complete games and 61 strikeouts, the Gauchos are led on the mound by their top starter Mario Hollands. Trailing only Sunday starter Jesse Meaux and his 6-3 record, Hollands also leads the team with three complete games thrown this season.

HE'S GOING THE DISTANCE

On Friday, April 23, Matador RHP Ryan Juarez earned the first complete game victory for CSUN this season in his nine inning, five strikeout performance in Stockton against the Pacific Tigers. His complete game was the first thrown since his appearance at Long Beach State in the first game of that road series at Blair Field last season nearly 53 weeks ago to the day. 

Northridge did not have to wait nearly as long to earn its next complete game as Paul Tremlin gave up only one run en route to a complete-game victory over the visiting UC Davis Aggies eight days later.

In that game played last Saturday at Matador Field, Tremlin set a new career high with his nine innings pitched, breaking both his previous season and career high of seven full innings thrown. After giving up the lone Davis run in the top of the third, Tremlin retired 17 of the next 23 batters via strikeouts or ground balls, helping CSUN earn its only victory of the weekend

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

With the first half of their schedule laden with home games, it will be the Matadors’ turn to hit the road in the final weeks of the season, a five week stretch that will find CSUN competing in ten of their final 18 games of the 2010 season on the road. Northridge will now begin their season-long seven game road trip - a stretch of games that will take them to UC Santa Barbara this weekend, UC Riverside next weekend, with the trip culminating in a one-off game at UNLV to conclude the season series against the Rebels. The schedule does not get any easier for CSUN as they will conclude the 2010 season by playing eight games in ten days starting with their final Big West series of the season against Long Beach State (May 21-23).

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

Entering the 12th week of the season, a number of Matadors can be found atop the Big West Conference in a variety of categories (as of May 3).

C.J. Belanger: .443 On-Base Pct. (T-8th)

Ridge Carpenter: 15 Stolen Bases (3rd)

Dominic D'Anna: .578 Slugging Pct. (9th), 35 Runs Scored (T-9th), 47 Hits (T-6th), 36 RBIs (T-7th)

   7 Home Runs (7th), 87 Total Bases (10th), 19 Walks (T-9th), 5 Sacrifice Flies (T-2nd)

Justin DeMarco: .372 Batting Avg. (9th), .591 Slugging Pct. (8th), .461 On-Base Pct. (4th), 22 Walks (T-3rd)

Justen Gorski: 3 Runners Picked Off (T-3rd)

Jimmy Jolicoeur: 3 Saves (T-7th)

Ryan Juarez: .276 Opp. Batting Avg. (9th), 73.2 Innings Pitched (4th), 48 Batters Struck Out (10th)

Bryan Longpre: 3 Runners Picked Off (T-3rd)

Drew Muren:  9 Stolen Bases (T-9th)

Dominic Piazza: 10 Runners Caught Stealing (4th)

Ryan Pineda: .578 Slugging Pct. (10th), 43 Runs Scored (4th), 49 RBIs (2nd), 11 Home Runs (2nd),

   96 Total Bases (4th), 20 Stolen Bases (2nd)

Paul Tremlin: .261 Opposing Batting Avg. (5th), 6 Wins (T-4th)

THERE IS NO "I" IN TEAM, BUT THERE IS IN THE WORD SACRIFICE

After earning another sacrifice hit in the series finale against UC Davis, TS Reed is now tied for 10th place for the highest number of sacrifice hits accumulated in one season. His seven hits tie him with seven other Matadors, including teammate C.J. Belanger who finished the 2009 season with seven sacrifices.

PICTURE THIS

Matador head coach Steve Rousey will grace the May edition of the Eastbay Team Sales catalog, an edition that is currently being distributed to various high school, collegiate, amateur, and professional sporting teams across the nation. The cover features Rousey in one of CSUN’s new jerseys, the image on the cover features the Matadors’ new road uniform, featuring Eastbay’s game-day moisture management fabric. Eastbay is one of two new sponsors of Matador baseball in 2010, copies of May’s catalog can be ordered at eastbayteamsales.com.

THIRD TIME IS THE CHARM

On Sunday, April 25 at Pacific, Ryan Pineda, C.J. Belanger, and Nate Ring all went deep by hitting solo home runs at Klein Family Field. A testament to the type of power the entire CSUN lineup possesses, that game was the fifth time this season that the Matadors, as a team, hit at least three home runs in one game. Five were belted in a home game against Loyola Marymount on March 14th, three were hit in back-to-back days in Seattle on March 20th and 21st, three were hit at Matador Field against Albany on March 29th, with three more long balls hit by Matador batters in the series finale at Pacific. This feat was only accomplished on three occasions in 2009, twice during both the 2005 and 2007 seasons, and only one in 2006 and 2008.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

This season, CSUN has hit 95 doubles, easily eclipsing last season’s total of 89. At their current pace, the Matadors will finish the season with 128 doubles, falling just shy of the school record of 142 set by the 1997 team. 

THREE'S COMPANY AT SECOND

Third baseman Justin DeMarco, first baseman Dominic D’Anna, and centerfielder Nate Ring all lead the team with 13 doubles this season. The trio of Mataors will each need to hit seven more to etch their names in the Matador record book as Jim Vatter (1987) and Kevin Patrick (1998) are tied for tenth place with 20 apiece.

RUNNING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS

With 41 games played this season, the 2010 Matadors are poised to add their names to the record books. In the Big West Conference, three of the top-ten base-stealers can be found on CSUN’s roster; with 20, 15 and nine stolen bases respectively second baseman Ryan Pineda, left-fielder Ridge Carpenter, and centerfielder Drew Muren are on pace to etch their names in the Matador record books as well. Only 20 bases need to be stolen to crack the top-ten as Craig Warner (1969 season) and Scott Richardson (1991 and ‘92) are tied for 9th place with 20 steals, a slot that Pineda now possesses as well. As a team, CSUN has the second-highest conference total of stolen bases with 67, trailing only Fullerton by five for the conference lead.

 

 

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