While being a California State University, Northridge Matador is forever, there comes a time in every student athlete’s lives where they must hang up their jersey and begin reflecting on their years wearing the black and red. For the seniors of the 2014-15 CSUN Baseball team, that process will begin on May 23 when they will be feted after their game against UC Irvine, the last game of the season.
Of the 35 players on the squad, eight are seniors. They include:
- Infielder Ryan Raslowsky. The Mission Viejo-born Raslowsky suffered a major leg injury that sidelined him most of his sophomore season. But he came back with a vengeance his junior year, leading the team with 15 stolen bases and adding 10 RBIs and 23 runs scored. For his senior season, he’s hitting .289 with 27 runs and 10 stolen bases.
- Right-handed pitcher Louis Cohen. Hailing from Temecula, Cohen appeared in 16 games his senior season, notching two wins out of the bullpen to go along with a 3.68 ERA.
- Utility infielder Nick Blaser. A junior transfer from Roseville, Blaser joined the Matadors in 2014 and led the team with a .302 batting average. He’s currently hitting .235 with 16 runs and 21 RBI.
- Outfielder Chester Pak. The Diamond Bar-born player started 54 games for the Matadors as a junior and finished second on the team with a .292 batting average. As of this writing, he is hitting .280 with six home runs on the 2014-15 season.
- Catcher Nick Murphy. The senior from Simi Valley appeared in 42 games his junior year and split time as the catcher and designated hitter. Behind the plate, Murphy picked off one runner and threw out seven trying to steal. This season, he’s hitting .243 with 9 runs and one stolen base.
- Right-handed pitcher Brandon Warner. The 6-5 hurler hails from Laguna Hills, and he’s had a stellar last season coming out of the bullpen. In his 13 appearances, he’s maintained a 2.20 ERA.
- Outfielder Kyle Ferramola. The Cypress College transfer was also used as a pitcher in his time as a Matador.
- Left-handed pitcher Jerry Keel. Jerry Keel competed in and started 16 games for the Matadors in his junior season, among the most in the regular season in the country. He compiled a 3.64 ERA in 94.0 innings on the mound. Keel struck out a team-high 72 batters and kept opposing hitters to a .227 average. With the double-digit strikeouts, Keel became the first CSUN pitcher since 2008 to strike out at least 10 in a game. Keel’s 2014-15 has been even more impressive. In over 87 innings pitched, he’s maintained a 2.47 ERA and stuck out 78 as of this writing.
The game begins at 1 p.m. Current CSUN students with a valid ID can get in free.