May 14, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge Matadors (20-29, 4-14 BWC) will face the Pacific Tigers (18-29, 8-13 BWC) in the final series of the 2009 season at Matador Field this weekend.
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Friday, May 15 Northridge vs. Pacific Tigers Matador Field Northridge, Calif. 3:00 p.m. PDT Gametracker/Radio
Saturday, May 16 Northridge vs. Pacific Tigers Matador Field Northridge, Calif. 1:00 p.m. PDT Gametracker/Radio
Sunday, May 17 Northridge vs. Pacific Tigers Matador Field Northridge, Calif. 1:00 p.m. PDT Gametracker/Radio
ON THE MOUND
Friday Ryan Juarez (5-5, 5.02) vs. LHP Joey Centanni (2-3, 5.82)
Saturday TBA vs. TBA
Sunday TBA vs. TBA
Matadors vs. Pacific
Coming off an excruciating 14-13 loss at Stanford on Tuesday, the Pacific Tigers (18-29, 8-13 BWC) travel to Matador Field to for their final three Big West Conference games of the season before returning home to face the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners in a three-game, non-conference series to conclude the 2009 docket.
Last season in a three-game series in Stockton, the Matadors were defeated in the first and last games played at Klein Family Field, but secured a win in the second game played by a score of 10-3. The last time the Tigers visited Northridge, both teams experienced the same results as Pacific won the first and last game of the series, with the Matadors taking the game in-between.
Having lost their last seven consecutive games, and ten of their last 12 contests, the Matadors will look to become inhospitable hosts as they look to add to their current two-game win streak, and add to the Tigers' streak of their own.
Leading the way for Pacific Head Coach Ed Sprague is left-fielder Nick Longmire, second baseman J.B. Brown and catcher Kurt Wideman with their respective averages of .385, .368, and .361. Ironically, all three players lead the team in RBI's and home runs as well, and indication of how vital their contributions are to not only the Tiger offense, but to the overall results of the game as well.
Once the Tigers reach base, keep your eyes on Longmire, Wideman, and pitcher Joey Centanni as the three are responsible for a combined 19 of he team's 34 stolen bases this season, over 55% of the total thefts accumulated this season.
While the starting pitchers for Pacific on Saturday and Sunday are unknown as of the time these notes were published, what is known is that southpaw Joey Centanni will take 4-5 record and 4.41 ERA to the mound for Sprague in the series opener. With four saves already collected this season, right-hander Thomas Berolzheimer will look to close out any games that Pacific is leading throughout the series.
Six different pitchers were utilized last Tuesday by Pacific in their game against the Cardinals; whether this will affect how Coach Sprague utilizes his pitching staff will eventually play itself out. However, having played in only two games in a ten-day timespan leading up to Friday's contest, the Matadors line-up and pitching staff will be well rested for their final games at Matador Field in 2009.
THANK YOU SENIORS!
The three-game series against the Pacific Tigers this weekend will not only be the final home games of the 2009 season, but also bring about an end to the collegiate careers of four seniors. For Richard Cates (Yuba City, Calif./Yuba City HS), John Parham (Rialto, Calif./Eisenhower HS), P.J. Rousey (La Crescenta, Calif./Crescenta Valley HS), and Bryce Schoening (Glendora, Calif./Fullerton College), Sunday's game will be a bittersweet occasion for both themselves and their family members in attendance. Prior to the start of that contest, all four seniors will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony highlighting the accomplishments of the senior quartet during their time at Cal State Northridge. To all the members of the 2009 Senior Class, Matador Baseball thanks you for all of your time, efforts, dedication, and sacrifice, and wishes each and every one of you the best of luck during your post-collegiate endeavors.