Golden Eagles Appear In Two National Polls
Cal State L.A.'s baseball team appears in two national polls this week with the Golden Eagles set to host an important California Collegiate Athletic Association series this weekend.
Assistant Coach: Cal State Los Angeles
Joe Gordon returns for his fourth season with the Cal State L.A. baseball program as the infield and hitting coach.
Gordon helped the Golden Eagles capture their first-ever California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Tournament title in 2013 and reach the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 2007. Cal State L.A. posted an overall record of 35-22 and had a 28-12 mark in conference play.
The team led the conference in most offensive categories including runs scored (393), runs batted in (351), hits (601), home runs (33), doubles (130) and slugging percentage (.434). The Golden Eagles were also second in batting average (.305).In 2012, Gordon also helped the Golden Eagles to a 26-22 overall record and a 21-17 mark in CCAA play. In his first year with the program, the Golden Eagles were 27-23 overall and 21-19 mark in conference play.
After guiding the Golden Eagles to their first-ever California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2013, Vince Beringhele returns for his seventh season as the Cal State L.A. head baseball coach. Beringhele led Cal State L.A. to a 35-22 overall record that included a sparkling 28-12 mark in CCAA play last season.
The Golden Eagles finished second in the CCAA during the regular season, just one game out first place. The 35 wins were the most for the program since 2007 and the third-highest total since 1977. The 28-12 conference record was the best for the program sinc 2007 and the second-best since 1977.
Beringhele directed the Golden Eagles to a dominating run through the CCAA Championship Tournament that enabled Cal State L.A. to punch its ticket to the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 2007. Cal State L.A. went 4-1 in the double-elimination tournament. After splitting its first two games against Chico State and Sonoma State, the Golden Eagles beat Cal State Monterey Bay, 14-3 and Sonoma State twice by scores of 15-3 and 7-1 to win the championship. In the five tournament games, Cal State L.A. outscored its opponents, 49-12.
The Golden Eagles advanced to the NCAA playoffs as the No. 5 seed in the West Region and dropped its two playoff games to conclude the season.Cal State L.A. earned seven All-Conference selections, the most for the program since 2009, including five first-team picks, which were the most since 1998. James Wharton was named the CCAA Player of the Year, giving the Golden Eagles their second straight Player of the Year award and a major conference award for a third straight year.
A former pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Chris Hernandez returns for a second season with the Cal State L.A. baseball staff as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
Hernandez was a big part of a historic season for the Golden Eagles in 2013 when Cal State L.A. captured its first-ever California Collegiate Athletic Association championship tournament title and qualified for the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Hernandez helped the Golden Eagles compile a 35-22 overall record that included a 28-12 mark in conference.Hernandez guided the pitching staff to a team earned run average of 4.46, which was the lowest for the program since the 2007 season. The team earned run average in conference was lowered to 3.97.
Hernandez came to Cal State L.A. from Riverside City College, where he was the pitching coach for two years. He helped guide teams to consecutive playoff appearances and led pitching staffs that ranked near the top of the state for earned run average, strikeouts, opponent batting average, home runs allowed and walks allowed. During his time at RCC, Hernandez helped develop one All-Conference pitcher and had three pitchers drafted.