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Matadors Finalize 2008 Recruiting Class
 
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Matadors Finalize 2008 Recruiting Class
Northridge, Calif. – The Cal State Northridge coaching staff added six players to their 2007 recruiting class, supplementing the seven players that signed during the early recruiting class in November. The 13-man recruiting class has been hailed as the strongest in head coach Steve Rousey’s six-year tenure by recruiting coordinator Rob McKinley and represents the best of the San Fernando Valley and the greater Southern California area.

“The athleticism and versatility these players will bring our club can not be understated and will give us a chance to compete in the Big West Conference for several years. The example these guys have shown to come to Northridge will help our recruiting efforts down the road, as well,” said McKinley.

In sum, the incoming class features 12 high school players and one junior college player. The class includes three pitchers and nine position players, one of whom will also contribute from the mound. This class will report to Cal State Northridge in the fall 2007 semester.

Jeff Bunch, INF (Serrano HS/Apple Valley, Calif.)

A switch hitting infielder, Bunch has caught the attention of the coaches in his senior year with a .411 batting average at Serrano HS. Bunch has the elite arm strength and versatility to play any of the infield positions, and has the type of mentality to earn playing time early in his career. Bunch was the top player on his high school team and also sets an example in the classroom, evidenced by a 3.6 GPA. Bunch finished his senior season with seven extra-base hits, five stolen bases, and 10 RBI in 56 at bats.

Matt Carvutto, OF (Poway HS/San Diego, Calif.)

Carvutto is a righthanded outfielder with an exceptional arm and tremendous tools. A very physical player with Division I-ready size, Caravutto also gets it done in the classroom, posting a 3.47 GPA. Carvutto has thrived in the always-competitive San Diego area, helping his squad into the fourth round of the CIF baseball championship.

Drew Madrigal, RHP (Paloma Valley HS/Menifee, Calif.)

Madrigal is a top recruit as a right-handed pitcher, with prototypical arm action and plus movement on all of his pitches. Madrigal possesses tremendous upside, and as a senior has gone 8-2 with a 1.62 ERA in 47.2 innings. He also struck out 48 batters against just 23 walks, and played infield. Madrigal represents one of the best upsides of the incoming class and will push for innings as a freshman. A two-sport athlete in high school, Madrigal also was a standout forward on his high school basketball team.

Ryan Pineda, INF (Bonanza HS/Las Vegas, Nev.)

Pineda is a well-rounded right-handed hitting infielder with excellent ability and outstanding leadership qualities. Coaches expect Pineda to step in to a leadership role right away, and also to set an example on the field. Pineda proved himself an offensive tour de force as a senior, batting .400 with seven triples, 22 extra-base hits, and 14 stolen bases and established himself as the top infield prospect in the Las Vegas area.

Scott Stidham, OF (Capistrano Valley HS/San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)

A mainstay in the middle of the lineup for one of the nation’s best high school squads, Stidham comes to Northridge with a power bat and a mature approach at the plate. Stidham was a three-year starter Capistrano Valley, batting third and playing in the outfield. As a senior, Stidham has batted .413 with three home runs and 30 RBI and has also stolen three bases. Stidham is another true student athlete, getting it done in the classroom with a 3.27 GPA.

Paul Tremlin, RHP (Quartz Hill HS/Quartz Hill, Calif.)

Tremlin, one of the best pitchers in all of Southern California in 2007, comes to Northridge after a senior season that saw him tally a 12-1 record, record a 2.30 ERA, and strikeout an astounding 101 hitters in 67 innings. Tremlin has all the intangibles and has excellent presence on the mound. Tremlin has a powerful arm with plus velocity, but also has excellent secondary pitches. Tremlin’s talent will command innings right away, and he will have a significant impact on the ongoing success of the Matador pitching staff.