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.
Last updated: Jan. 16, 2015
Steve Rousey enters his fifth season as head coach Mike Batesole's top assistant coach and Bulldogs' pitching coach.
Rousey joined the Fresno State baseball staff in 2010 after serving as the head coach at Cal State Northridge for eight seasons. Rousey was Batesole's predecessor at CSUN following his tenure as head coach of the Matadors from 1996-2002.
In 2014, the pitching staff owned a 3.80 team ERA under Rousey, which ranked No. 3 in the Mountain West. Following the end of the season, three of the six Bulldogs drafted in the 2014 Major League Draft were pitchers.
Leading the way was Jordan Brink. The junior posted the fourth-best ERA in the MW (2.87) along with 62 strikeouts over 84.2 innings pitched for the `Dogs. He was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round. Derick Velazquez was selected by the Houston Astros in the 7th round, while Garrett Mundell forewent the MLB to return for his senior season after being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 18th round.
Under Rousey's instruction during the Bulldogs inaugural season in the Mountain West, Blake Quinn became the Bulldogs first Freshman All-American since OF Aaron Judge to earn the accolade in 2011, and 12th Freshman All-American in program history as named by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Quinn was the fourth freshman pitcher to earn a spot on the Freshman All-American team at Fresno State, as selected by Collegiate Baseball.
In 2010, Rousey's final year with Cal State Northridge, the program secured its first winning season since the 2002 campaign with a 29-27 overall mark. Rousey recruited back-to-back Top 40 classes over his final two seasons for the Matadors.
That squad saw six players drafted or signed by a Major League Baseball organization. He also had four student-athletes earn All-Big West honors.
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 the pitching coach at Long Beach State (1993-95) when the 49ers captured two Big West titles while making three regional appearances and a trip to the College World Series semifinals. During his stay, the 49ers had three pitchers earn All-American honors and one named the 1993 National Pitcher of the Year.
Before his career as a coach, he was a top pitcher at Cal State Fullerton. In three seasons with the Titans, he compiled an impressive 15-5 record with 120 strikeouts. Rousey played in the College World Series twice (1982 and 1984), helping the team to the national championship in 1984 by compiling an 8-3 record with a 3.47 earned run average.
Rousey was a seventh round pick by the Chicago Cubs as a high school senior at Crescenta Valley High School in southern California. 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.