Season-Long Road Trip Ends With Weekend Series at UC Riverside and Non-Conference Game at UNLV
May 12, 2010
A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK
Friday, May 7: Matadors 6, UC Santa Barbara 5 (14)
Saturday, May 8: Matadors 11, UC Santa Barbara 4
Sunday, May 9: Matadors 4, UC Santa Barbara 8
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Friday, May 14 at UC Riverside Riverside Sports Complex Riverside, Calif. 6 p.m. Live Stats/Audio
Saturday, May 15 at UC Riverside Riverside Sports Complex Riverside, Calif. 6 p.m. Live Stats/Audio
Sunday, May 16 at at UC Riverside Riverside Sports Complex Riverside, Calif. 1 p.m. Live Stats/Audio
Tuesday, May 18 at UNLV Earl E. Wilson Stadium Las Vegas, Nev. 3 p.m. GameTracker/Video
Friday: RHP Ryan Juarez (2-5, 4.58) vs. RHP Matt Andriese (4-4, 4.89)
Saturday: RHP Paul Tremlin (6-5, 4.77) vs. RHP Dustin Emmons (6-4, 3.59)
Sunday: TBD vs. RHP Matt Larkins (5-3, 4.70)
Tuesday: TBD vs. TBD
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - After starting their season-long seven game road trip with two victories in the three games played at UC Santa Barbara last weekend, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (24-20, 6-9 BWC) will wrap up their travels with a three-game weekend series at UC Riverside before traveling to Las Vegas, Nev. to face the UNLV Rebels.
Games against the UC Riverside Highlanders will start at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with Sunday's series-finale scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. An internet broadcast and Live Stats will be available for all three games of the series on GoMatadors.com.
Tuesday's game against the UNLV Rebels is the last road, non-conference game of the season for the Matadors. In their first match-up of the 2010 season, CSUN defeated UNLV on March 16th by a score of 13-7 at Matador Field. Earl E. Wilson Stadium, located on the campus of UNLV, will serve as the locale for the season finale; GameTracker and streaming video will be available at GoMatadors.com.
Currently in the midst of their season-high seven game road trip, the Cal State Northridge Matadors will conclude their travels with a weekend series at UC Riverside before heading to Las Vegas to take on the Rebels of UNLV.
Northridge will be looking for revenge this weekend when they travel to Riverside as the Highlanders swept CSUN in the teams' three-game series at Matador Field when the two met last season. Fortunately for the Matadors, they still hold a 103-81 edge in the all-time series with UCR.
Even though the Highlanders are 14-4 on their home diamond this season; CSUN will be facing a Highlander team at the tail-end of a busy week that will see the Highlanders play six games in six days. Conversely, Northridge will have four days off from last Sunday's series finale at UC Santa Barbara to Friday's series opener in Riverside.
Leading the way for the Highlanders this weekend will be Michael Hur. Over his last 11 games, Hur is hitting .348 with two doubles, a triple, and a home run, in addition to 11 runs scored and six RBIs. Another Highlander slugger to watch is Bryan Horst, who is hitting .471 over UCR's last five games. On the mound, right-hander Dustin Emmons enters the series with a 3.59 ERA and a 6-4 record on the season. Coach Doug Smith will throw Emmons on Saturday against Matador right-hander Paul Tremlin.
Following their weekend series with Riverside, CSUN will have just one day of rest before making the journey to Las Vegas to take on UNLV. This Tuesday's game against the Rebels will be the Matadors' second and final match-up of the season against UNLV. CSUN won the first meeting back on March 16 by a score of 13-7; In that contest, CSUN was led by Brad Decater, whose second-straight two home run game jump-started a Matador offense that never trailed on the scoreboard at any point of the game.
Last year, the Matadors took 3-of-4 against the Rebels, including both games at Matador Field, splitting the two games played at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. Tuesday's game against UNLV will not only conclude CSUN's seven-game road tip, but will be the final non-conference road game of the year.
SOME THINGS ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN
On Saturday, May 8th at UC Santa Barbara, the Cal State Northridge Matadors broke a 32 year-old for the highest number of bases stolen in one game.
On March 8, 1978 against Westmont, that Matador squad stole eight bases on the afternoon. Over 32 years later, the 2010 team topped their mark against the Gauchos thanks to the efforts of Pineda and his three steals, Reed and his two, and a group of Matadors that include Muren, Belanger, Dominic D'Anna, and Ridge Carpenter who all stole one base apiece.
NOW YOU SEE HIM... NOW YOU DON'T
In that same game against the UC Santa Barbara, the Matadors set another new record for the highest number of bases stolen in one inning as they swiped five bags of Gaucho pitchers in the fifth inning.
Going into Saturday's game the record for most stolen bases earned in one inning was three; a feat that had taken place on five previous occasions, with the last occurrence taking place against Utah on March 8, 1992.
LEADING THE WAY
Entering the 13th week of the season, a number of Matadors can be found atop the Big West Conference in a variety of categories (as of May 10).
Ridge Carpenter: 16 Stolen Bases (3rd)
Dominic D'Anna: .358 Batting Avg. (10th), .574 Slugging Pct. (9th), .441 On-Base Pct. (10th), 39 RBIs (10th)
7 Home Runs (T-7th), 93 Total Bases (10th), 24 Walks (T-3rd), 5 Sacrifice Flies (T-3rd)
Justin DeMarco: .444 On-Base Pct. (8th), 23 Walks (T-6th)
Justen Gorski: 3 Runners Picked Off (T-3rd)
Jimmy Jolicoeur: 3 Saves (T-7th), 22 Appearances (1st), 15 Games Finished (T-2nd), 20 Games In Relief (T-2nd)
Ryan Juarez: .281 Opp. Batting Avg. (10th), 78.2 Innings Pitched (6th), 13 Games Started
Bryan Longpre: 3 Runners Picked Off (T-3rd), 20 Games In Relief (T-2nd)
Drew Muren: 38 Runs Scored (10th), 11 Stolen Bases (T-5th)
Dominic Piazza: 10 Runners Caught Stealing (4th)
Ryan Pineda: .613 Slugging Pct. (T-7th), 48 Runs Scored (4th), 54 RBIs (1st), 13 Home Runs (1st)
111 Total Bases (T-3rd), 23 Stolen Bases (2nd)
TS Reed: 11 Stolen Bases (T-5th)
Paul Tremlin: .264 Opposing Batting Avg. (6th)
I'M ON THE LIST
The two stolen base records set in CSUN's series at Santa Barbara are not the only records that are in danger of being broken as a number of Matadors are on the verge of breaking into the top-ten for a variety of single-season records.
With 14 doubles already hit, Dominic D' Anna will need another six to crack the top-ten and tie Jim Vatcher (1987) and Kevin Patrick (1998) for 10th place with 20 doubles. Having scored on 48 occasions, Ryan Pineda will need to touch home plate 19 more times in CSUN's final 12 games to tie Perry Husband, Brian Long (both 1984 season), and Nakia HIll (1998) for 9th place with 69 runs scored in one season. Currenly leading the team with 13 home runs, another 7 will give Pineda sole possession for 10th place for most round-trippers hit in a season while 13 additional RBIs will tie PIneda for 10th place with Dave Govea (1982) and his 67 RBIs earned one season.
TS Reed has tied seven other Matador for 10th place with his seven sacrifice hits, teammate D'Anna will need one more sacrifice fly to add his name alongside six other Matadors and their six sacrifice flies earned in one season. Finally, closer Jimmy Jolicoeur is only one save away from earning a spot in the record books for the 10th highest amount of saves earned in one season; the right-hander currently has already earned three saves this season.
CRAFTING THEIR LEGACY ONE GAME AT A TIME
Single-season records are not the only numbers that are in danger of, or have been re-written as some student-athletes are looking to add to their success on the diamond and etch their names alongside some of the all-time Matador greats on a variety of lists. Going into this weekend's series against UC Riverside Ryan Pineda has already secured ninth place with his 42 career doubles hit as a Matador, needs another 51 hits to tie for tenth place all-time in that category, is only two home runs shy of tying Michael Paulk (2003-05) and Jason Shanahan for ninth place with 31 career home runs, and trails Denny Vigo and his 134 RBIs for tenth place on Matador all-time record book. Pineda is also eight stolen bases shy of cracking the top-ten in that category as well.
C.J. Belanger's 13 career triples tie him for third place all-time with Jeff Gilbert (1974-77); the outfielder needs only seven more walks to tie Jason Gorman and his 87 walks, the tenth-highest amount of walks drawn in CSUN's history. Dominic D'Anna, Justin DeMarco, and C.J. Belanger, and have already joined six other Matadors for tenth place all-time with seven career sacrifice flies with the latter two having hit the highest and second-highest total of sacrifice hits in school history with 24 and 21 respectively.
Having already earned six saves throughout his time at Cal State Northridge, Jimmy Jolicoeur has a chance to further vault himself up from his current position at sixth place as the right-hander needs only one more save to share fifth place, and two more to tie Todd Denhart (1990-91) for fourth.