CSUN Having A Blast On Win StreakAt The Ballpark
NORTHRIDGE, CA — CSUN head coach Greg Moore was still a little sticky from his sugary Gatorade bath his players gave him after the Matadors ole’d UC Davis 5-2 with a three-run jog-off home run by senior Kevin Riley on, of all days, senior day. Moore wasn’t thinking about conference titles, or RPI rankings or hell, he wasn’t even thinking wins-and-losses. He was just put into pure joy by the way his boys had reacted this weekend and in keeping with the late-season success his team is enjoying.
“We’re having fun,” Moore said. “This is a good group of guys, for sure. And they work their butts off too. They’ve had their ups-and-downs but the effort has been steady throughout and that’s about all you can ask.”
You bet these Matadors are having fun, especially today. After taking the first two games of the weekend series vs. UC Davis, Sunday’s getaway game was a back-and-forth affair the whole game long. CSUN came into today’s Senior Day festivities with a record of 11-9 in Big West play, in second place behind league-leading Cal State Fullerton. And with every game having more and more meaning, the Mats made this one mean a lot.
Tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth and with men on first and second and one out, Riley went to the dish to face off with Aggies reliever Connor Loar and one pitch into the at-bat, he lifted a sky shot deep over the left field wall to instantly give he and his teammates a game three win and a series sweep.
A mob scene of jubilation ensued, as you’d expect.
Oh sure, their overall record is now only 24-26. They have an RPI in the 130s range. Even though they are in second place in the Big West, they are still 3.5 games behind the Titans, and there is no conference tournament for them to bank on. So even with their recent hot streak – they’ve gone 8-2 in their last 10 – the chances of the Matadors making it into the 64-team Big Dance are pretty slim. But that hasn’t stopped this team from passing a good time.
“I’ve talked to a lot of coaches and they’ve all said that if you have the right people it’s a joy to come to the field every day,” Moore said. “We’re not perfect on the field, but it’s an absolute pleasure to come here each day and work with these guys.”