Past, Present Matadors gather for alumni baseball game


Andrew Martinez

Junior left hand pitcher Jerry Keel throws a pitch during the annual CSUN Baseball Alumni game. The Alumni game is played out with the current baseball roster against former members of the program. Photo credit: Trevor Stamp / Senior Photographer

Current and former Matador baseball players and coaches got together on Saturday afternoon to play in the 2014 CSUN baseball alumni game, part of the annual alumni weekend.

Fans gathered to watch the game and preview the 2014 Matador baseball squad and enjoyed complimentary food as the baseball team provided grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks.

The exhibition was an opportunity for first-year head coach Greg Moore to take a look at his team on the field for the first time. The Matadors are introducing three assistant coaches this season, along with new director of baseball operations Jim Milkovich.

Among the attendees was former baseball head coach Bob Hiegert, the most successful head coach in Matador history.  Hiegert led the Matadors to two NCAA Division II National Championships and was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame, according to Go Matadors.  The Matadors also the inaugural Bob Hiegert Golf Classic for alumni on Friday.

The Matadors will open their season next Friday in Daytona Beach, Florida as they take on the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats in a three game series beginning Feb. 14.  The Matadors will host the Seattle Redhawks on Feb. 21 for their season home opener.