February 25, 2012

Muren's One-Hitter Leads Northridge to Doubleheader Sweep

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

Junior Alex Muren pitched a one-hitter in the first game and Chester Pak hit a walk-off RBI single in game two as the Cal State Northridge Matadors (4-2) swept a doubleheader from the Northwestern Wildcats (1-4) on Saturday at Matador Field. After winning a scheduled seven-inning game 4-3, the Matadors hung on for the sweep with an 8-7 win in 11 innings in the second contest.

The Wildcats were able to take the lead in the first game of the day in the top of the second inning after Colby Everett reached on an error to lead things off. Everett was moved over to second on a sacrifice and eventually scored on an RBI groundout.

The Matadors evened the score in the home half of the second as Marty Bowen singled to open the inning and came around to score on Adam Barry's RBI single up the middle. From there, it looked to be Northwestern's game as the Wildcats added runs in the third and fourth innings despite not getting their first hit until the top of the fourth.

In the third, a bases loaded walk forced home a run and a sacrifice fly scored a runner in the fourth inning to give Northwestern a 3-1 lead. The Matadors were able to rally, however, and tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Tommy Simis singled in two runs to make it a 3-3 game. In the home half of the sixth, a leadoff double by Todd Eskelin led to the eventual winning run as Barry collected an RBI single, his second of the game.

Muren (2-0) allowed two earned runs and gave up just one hit while striking out three to earn the win. Zach Morton (0-2) pitched a complete game with four runs and seven hits allowed in 6.0 innings while striking out six.

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Matadors were the first to strike as they put up three runs in the botom of the second inning. With two outs and the bases empty, sophomore Miles Williams launched a solo home run over the left field fence for his second round tripper of the season. Nate Ring doubled home Dylan Young after Young reached on a fielding error by the center fielder and Ring ended up scoring on an errant throw by the shortstop later in the inning.

After Northwestern cut the lead to 3-1 in the third on a home run by Paul Snieder, Northridge answered back with a run of its own. With one out in the bottom of the third, Barry doubled to center field and Simis scored from third.

The Matadors lead by as many as 6-1 after a Brett Balkan RBI ground out scored Young in the fourth and Barry brought in another run on a fielder's choice in the fifth. Not to be put away, the Wildcats tied the game with a five-run sixth inning.

A three-run home run for Jack Havey with no outs made it 6-4 and two runs scored after an error and a wild pitch with two outs in the inning.

The Wildcats took their first lead of the game at 7-6 in the top of the eighth with an RBI double by Luke Dauch with two outs. The Matadors tied the game up in the bottom of the ninth after Kyle Attl started things off with a double to right center. Simis bunted him over to third and Bowen singled him home to send the game to extra innings.

The Matadors won the game in the bottom of the 11th following a Simis walk with one out. Ryan Raslowsky singled to third base in his first career at bat and Pak singled to center field to score Simis and give Northridge the victory.

Louis Cohen (1-0) earned the first win of his career after pitching a scoreless 11th inning with two strikeouts. Kyle Ruchim (0-1) took the loss for Northwestern.

Barry went 4-for-8 with four RBI across the two games while Simis scored three runs and drove in two, Young scored three times, Bowen went 4-for-7 with a walk, a run and an RBI and Ring went 2-for-3 in the second game.

With the sweep, the Matadors have won their second straight series to open the season. The finale between CSUN and Northwestern is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.

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