Victor E. Bulldog II's first birthday party highlights fun weekend at Beiden Field.
The Fresno State baseball team, which traditionally includes the top recruits in the nation, enters its first season in the Mountain West and once again fields an elite group of recruits for the 2014 season.
All of the programs early signees are California natives.
Steve Rousey enters his sixth season as head coach Mike Batesole's top assistant coach and the Bulldogs' pitching coach. Rousey joined the Fresno State baseball staff in the fall of 2010 and has assisted Coach Batesole in a variety of pursuits that include recruiting, player development, and academic success.
In 2015, the Bulldogs pitching staff was led by Jake Shull who led the Mountain West with a 1.90 ERA. Splitting his time between starting and relieving, Shull finished second in the conference in opposing batting average (.210) and third in saves (6) and went onto be an 11th round selection of the Detroit Tigers in the 2015 MLB Draft. Senior Garrett Mundell, a 23rd round pick of the New York Yankees, finished the season with an opposing batting average of .228, an ERA of 2.93, and picked up four saves. The 2015 Bulldog pitching staff also led the MW with a .252 opposing batting average.
In 2014, the pitching staff owned a 3.80 team ERA. Following the end of the season, three of the six Bulldogs drafted in the 2014 MLB Draft were pitchers. The 'Dogs were led by Jordan Brink as the junior posted an ERA of 2.87 along with 62 strikeouts. Brink went on to be selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round, while Derick Velazquez was selected by the Houston Astros in the seventh round and Mundell forewent the MLB to return for his senior season after being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mundell posted a 1.58 ERA with a 4-0 win-loss record.
In 2013, the Bulldogs inaugural season in the Mountain West, Rousey’s young late-charging pitching staff was highlighted by a Freshman All-American and the lowering of the team ERA by more than a full run per game in the last month of the season. Aaron Judge was the last ‘Dog to earn Freshman All-American status in 2011. The 'Dogs have had 12 Freshman All-Americans in the program’s rich history.
The 2011 & 2012 seasons saw Bulldog pitchers dominate the WAC with eight pitchers being drafted and postrespective ERAs of 2.91 and 3.88 in those two seasons. The ‘Dogs also amassed 909 strikeouts while earning a pair of championship rings.
Bulldog pitchers have been drafted 15 times during Rousey’s short time at Fresno State.
In 2010, Rousey's Cal State Northridge squad secured a winning season after compiling back-to-back back top 40 recruiting classes for the Matadors. The Matadors saw six players drafted or signed by a Major League Baseball organization off that team and also had four student-athletes earn All-Big West honors.
In 2002, while assisting Coach Batesole at Cal State Northridge, the team won the Big West Conference title in only their second year in the conference and Rousey developed 3 future MLB Pitchers that season in Kameron Loe, Bill Murphy, and Leo Rosales.
Before coaching at Cal State Northridge, Rousey's coaching career included stints at Long Beach State, Los Angeles City College and Crescenta Valley High School.
Rousey was an assistant for Coach Dave Snow at Long Beach State from 1993-95. In his three years, the 49ers established themselves as a national power by capturing two of three Big West titles, making three regional appearances and a trip to the College World Series semifinals. During his time at Long Beach, LBSU had three pitchers earn All-American honors and one named the 1993 National Pitcher of the Year. Four more MLB players, including three pitchers were apart of those Long Beach teams.
Rousey has coached over 100 student-athletes who have gone on to be drafted & signed by major league organizations, seventeen of whom have played in the MLB. He has been a part of eight Division I conference championships, nine NCAA appearances, three College World Series teams, and a national championship.
Before his career as a coach, he was a top pitcher at Cal State Fullerton. In three seasons playing for the Titans and NCAA all-time winningest head coach Augie Garrido (former Bulldog and current head coach at Texas), he compiled an impressive 15-5 record with 120 strikeouts. Rousey played in the College World Series twice, and helped the team to a National Championship by compiling an 8-3 record with a 3.47 earned run average.
While playing ball at Crescenta Valley High for Coach Randy Seibert, Rousey was a seventh round pick by the Chicago Cubs after earning All-CIF honors. He declined the Cubs' offer and chose to attend Cal State Fullerton.
A fourth-round pick by the Seattle Mariners in 1984 after his junior season, he spent five years playing professionally in the Seattle Mariners and Montreal Expos organizations.
Rousey earned his bachelor of arts in English from Cal State Fullerton in 1989 and his master's degree in Physical Education & Health from Azusa Pacific University in 1992. Rousey and his wife Robin have four children, P.J., Gabbie, Nate, who attends Fresno State, and Faith, who is headed to Fresno State to play softball for Trisha Ford next fall.
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