Opening Day Scheduled for February 19th Against Bethune-Cookman
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – As preparations continue for their 52nd season of competition, the Cal State Northridge Matadors released their 2010 schedule Tuesday afternoon.
Full 2010 Northridge Schedule (PDF)
Friday, February 19th is when the first game of the 2010 season will take place for the Matadors as they travel to Compton, Calif. to face Bethune-Cookman in the inaugural game of the MLB Urban Invitational. CSUN will return to the MLB Urban Youth Academy the very next day to face Southern before completing tournament play at UCLA in a Sunday afternoon match-up against the Bruins.
For the second straight season Northridge has a schedule laden with games at Matador Field; 30 of the 56 regular season games will take place on CSUN’s diamond beginning with their home opener against Pepperdine on February 26th.
CSUN will compete in a total of 56 games throughout the season – 25 against Big West opponents, nine games against teams from the West Coast Conference, four games against Big East competition, and three games against opposition from the Mountain West Conference.
Northridge will also compete in their first exhibition game since 2007 when Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) visits the campus on March 1st as part of their West Coast tour.
The Matadors will face five teams for the first time in the program’s history – Bethune-Cookman, Southern, Connecticut, East Carolina, and Seattle University – and play in only four games outside California as the team is scheduled to travel to Seattle for a four-game series from March 19-21 and Las Vegas for one game against the UNLV Rebels on May 18th.
CSUN will then travel to San Diego to face the Toreros (Feb. 23) before alternating home games with Pepperdine in a three-game series (Feb. 26-28) beginning in Northridge.
After their exhibition game against Waseda University, CSUN will host a four-game series against Connecticut (Mar. 5-8) and battle East Carolina (Mar. 10) for one game before facing Loyola Marymount (Mar. 12-14) and UNLV (Mar. 16).
Northridge will then hit the road and travel north to compete against Seattle University in a four-game series (Mar. 19-21) that includes a doubleheader that Saturday.
The Matadors will then return home to open a season-long, seven-game home stand beginning with a series against Sacramento State (Mar. 26-29), a team CSUN has not faced since 2002, and ending with three games against UC Irvine (Apr. 1-3) that take place during the inaugural weekend of Big West Conference action.
Five non-conference games against Pepperdine (Apr. 6), Cal State Bakersfield (Apr. 10-13), and San Diego State (Apr. 13) will fill CSUN’s bye week until they return to Big West competition against the visiting Cal Poly Mustangs (Apr. 16-18).
After their series against Cal Poly, CSUN will enter a portion of their schedule that includes ten of thirteen games on the road beginning with a three-game series at Pacific (Apr. 23-25).
A short home stand against UC Davis (Apr. 30-May 2) will bring the Matadors back to Northridge before hitting the road once again for games at UC Santa Barbara (May 7-9), UC Riverside (May 14-16), and UNLV (May 18).
Games against Long Beach State (May 21-23), San Diego (May 24), and a non-conference match-up against UC Riverside (May 25) will comprise the Matadors’ final home stand before CSUN travels to Cal State Fullerton (May 28-30) for their final Big West series of the season against the Titans.