March 20, 2012

Offense Powers Northridge to 12-1 Victory Over LMU

LOS ANGELES -

A complete performance by the Matadors on both sides of the ball helped lift Cal State Northridge (10-11) to a 12-1 win against the Loyola Marymount Lions (7-10) on Tuesday afternoon at Page Stadium. Every starter in the lineup recorded at least one hit and eight different Matadors had at least one RBI as Northridge moved to 2-2 on its current road trip.

The Matadors jumped out to an early lead as Nathan Ring singled home Adam Barry and Miles Williams with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the first inning. Northridge added two more in the second to take a 4-0 lead after Cal Vogelsang scored Kyle Attl with an infield single and Williams brought home Brett Balkan on a sacrifice fly.

Loyola Marymount plated its only run of the afternoon in the bottom of the third when Matt Lowenstein hit a two-out RBI double off the left center field wall to score Colton Plaia with two outs.

Northridge broke open the game in the top of the sixth with four runs as the Matadors batted around the order in the inning. Ryan Raslowsky singled home Alexis Mercado and Vogelsang reached on a fielding error that allowed Attl to score. Barry then cleared the bases with a two-run single to right field to put CSUN up 8-1.

Balkan scored Mercado in the top of the seventh with a single through the right side of the infield and Attl plated Moreno, a pinch runner, in the eighth with a single to center field.

The Matadors added two final runs in the top of the ninth when Williams recorded his first hit of the day, an RBI single to right field that scored Chester Pak. Moreno then reached base on a fielder's choice and picked up an RBI as Barry scored.

Freshman right hander Brandon Warner (1-1) pitched a season-high 5.0 innings and allowed just one run on four hits with one strikeout to record his first collegiate win. Brandon Horth (0-1) took the loss for LMU after pitching one inning in what became a staff day for the Lions.

Barry went 3-for-6 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored to pace the Matadors. Vogelsang (2-for-5), Attl (2-for-3) and Balkan (2-for-4) were the other Northridge players with multiple hits on the day. Ring, Williams and Barry each drove in two runs for CSUN.

Northridge matched its season high with 12 runs scored and also set a new mark with 11 runs batted in.

The Matadors continue their 11-game road trip with a scheduled four-game series at St. Mary's beginning on Friday, Mar. 23. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. and fans are encouraged to monitor GoMatadors.com for any changes made to this series.

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