March 2, 2012

Matadors Defeated 6-5 by San Francisco in 10 Innings

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -

The Cal State Northridge Matadors (6-4) rallied late but could not stay ahead, falling 6-5 in 10 innings to the San Francisco Dons (6-4) on Friday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The game was the second for each team at the Aztec Invitational presented by Sheraton Mission Valley on the campus of San Diego State University.

The Dons held a 3-0 in the game after a two out single by Mason Morioka in the third and two runs in the top of the sixth inning. An infield single with runners on first and third scored a run and the Dons pushed another across on a wild pitch in the inning.

The Matadors scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead for USF to 3-1. Freshman outfielder Chester Pak had a leadoff single up the middle and advanced to second as Cal Vogelsang reached on a fielder's choice. Vogelsang hit a grounder to the first baseman, who tried to turn a double play but was unable to get either runner.

An infield single with one out by Tommy Simis scored Pak from third and the Matadors threatened for more runs in the inning but left the bases loaded.

Northridge was able to break through for its first lead on the day in the bottom of the seventh as four Matadors came around to score. Relief pitcher Jordan Remer for USF entered for Kyle Zimmer and promptly hit the first two batters with a pitch and was taken out of the game.

Pak drew a walk in a nine-pitch at bat to load the bases and Vogelsang capitalized with a two-run single up the middle to tie the game. Kyle Attl reached on a throwing error that scored Pak to give the Matadors a 4-3 lead and Marty Bowen later singled in Vogelsang to put CSUN up by two runs.

The Dons began to chip away at the deficit and scored a run in the eighth and ninth to send the game to extras before scoring the eventual game-winning run in the 10th on a sacrifice fly.

Elliott Waterman (2-0) pitched the final four innings of the game for the Dons to earn the win while Northridge relief pitcher Brandon Warner (0-1) was given the loss. Warner pitched the 10th for Northridge and gave up just the run on the sac fly.

The Matadors' offense was paced by Bowen, who went 3-for-5 in the game as he had three singles and drove in a run. Simis and designated hitter Todd Eskelin each went 2-for-5 and Simis also had one RBI. Pak finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored, drew a walk, and made a number of running and diving plays in the outfield to keep the game close.

In addition to his two-run single, Vogelsang had a diving catch in left center field to rob Morioka of a double in the seventh inning.

Cal State Northridge returns to action at the Aztec Invitational with a rematch against the University of San Diego on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 11 a.m. The Matadors defeated the Toreros 4-3 on Thursday on the first day of action as Steven Keller hit two home runs and drove in four runs.

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