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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Northridge (11-13, 1-3) relievers P.J. Rousey and Edwin Quirarte combined to shut out Cal Poly (9-14, 1-3) over the final four innings of Friday’s Big West Conference game, and the Matadors claimed the 9-7 win. John Parham and Ryan Pineda had three hits each and Drew Muren was 4-for-4 to lead the Northridge attack.
The Matadors also played error-free baseball for just the third time in 2008.
Paul Tremlin had a rocky start and was chased after just 1.2 innings and was ultimately responsible for the first three Cal Poly scores. Ryan Juarez did a nice job to stem the Cal Poly momentum, and allowed just one run over the next 2.1 frames.
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Receiving 77 points and five first-place votes, Long Beach State has been selected to win its first Big West title since 2003, according to the 2008 Big West Conference preseason poll conducted by the league’s nine head coaches. Cal State Fullerton placed second, while Cal Poly followed in third place. Continue reading
Cal-State Northridge won the final game of their non-conference series against UNLV 9-4. Edwin Quirante gave the Matadors six innings on the mound and gave up three runs on seven hits. The offense was led by Clemson transfer Jorge Andrade Jr who went 3-5 at the plate to continue his strong start to the season. Efren Navarro Jr. led the Rebels with three hits and two RBI’s.
This gives the Matadors a record of 2-1 on the young season. The next game will be against Pacific on Friday and the Rebels will head home to host Pepperdine.
The Matadors of Cal-State Northridge routed the Rebels of UNLV on Saturday by a score of 16-7. The Matadors were led by DH Kris Kasarjian who went 3-4 with 4 RBI’s. UNLV starter Matt Hutchison only lasted 3.1 innings while giving up 7 runs (3 earned) . This was a tough start to Hutchison’s career and hopefully he bounces back soon. The teams finish the series on Sunday.
The UNLV Rebels got off to a good start on Friday by knocking off the Cal-State Northridge Matadors by a score of 10-4. Craig Heyer pitched a solid 6.1 innings while giving up seven hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 4 walks, and striking out 6 batters. Xavier Scruggs hit a two run homer in the 6th inning to give the Rebels a 5-1 led at the time. Chuckie Fick started the game for the Matadors by pitching 5.2 innings and surrendering five runs (four earned). Jowen Murray-Thorton led the Matadors on offense by going 2-4 on the afternoon.
Cal-State Northridge Recap
Cal-State Fullerton is picked to win the 2007 Big West Conference behind Head Coach George Horton. They will rely on Co-National player of the Year Wes Roemer and third baseman Evan McArthur to carry the load for the Titans. The full article about the poll is available here.
Big West Conference Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Cal State Fullerton (7) – 63
2. UC Riverside – 50
3. UC Irvine (1) – 48
4. Long Beach State – 43
5. Cal Poly – 31
6. UC Santa Barbara – 23
7. Pacific – 22
8. Cal State Northridge – 8