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 fourth season as head coach Mike Batesole's top assistant coach and Bulldogs' pitching coach.
Rousey joined the Fresno State baseball staff in 2010 after eight years as the head coach at Cal State Northridge. Rousey was Batesole's predecessor at Cal State Northridge after his tenure from 1996-2002.
In 2013, under Rousey's instruction RHP Blake Quinn became the Bulldogs first Freshman All-American since OF Aaron Judge earned the accolade in 2011, and 12th Freshman All-American in program history as named by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Quinn is just the fourth freshman pitcher to earn a spot on the Freshman All-American team at Fresno State, as selected by Collegiate Baseball.
After the 2012 season, five Bulldog pitchers were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft as two had earned all-conference honors and one received National Pitcher of the Week accolades. He is credited with helping the Bulldogs survive three elimination games en route to winning the conference tournament for a bid into the NCAA Tournament.
In 2011 under Rousey, the Bulldogs bullpen finished with a 2.91 ERA after averaging only three walks per game, striking out 420 batters and earning 40 wins. Greg Gonzalez was named WAC Pitcher of the Year after finishing with an 11-1 record and a 1.79 ERA with two complete games.
In all, Rousey has coached 16 Major League players throughout his 23-year coaching career as a head coach and assistant coach.
In Rousey's final year with Northridge, the team finished with a 29-27 overall record, going 9-15 in the Big West. After successfully recruiting his second top-40 class in as many seasons, Rousey finished 2010 with the program's first winning season since the 2002 campaign.
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.