April 17, 2012

Matadors Suffer 12-4 Defeat at No. 11 UCLA

LOS ANGELES - 

Despite leading 3-2 in the early innings, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (16-20) could not withstand a late offensive charge by the No. 11 UCLA Bruins (25-8), falling 12-4 on Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins scored seven runs in the seventh inning to hand Northridge just its second loss in its last six contests.

Northridge jumped out to an early lead by scoring in the game's opening frame following singles by Ryan Raslowsky and Cal Vogelsang. With one out in the inning, Vogelsang was caught stealing between first and second but prolonged the rundown, allowing Raslowsky to score from third.

The Bruins responded, however, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first to go ahead 2-1. Singles by Cody Keefer and Trevor Brown helped UCLA stake its first lead of the night.

The Matadors began to chip away at the lead in the top of the third, tying the game following a leadoff double by Michael Livingston. The double gave Livingston the first extra-base hit of his career.

After Vogelsang hit a single with one out, he and Livingston advanced to scoring position on a passed ball. Adam Barry then drove in Livingston with a ground out to the right side of the infield to tie the game at two runs apiece.

Northridge retook the lead at 3-2 in the top of the fourth after Steven Keller drew a walk with one out. Nathan Ring lined a 3-1 pitch into the left center field gap to score Keller all the way from first.

The lead would not hold for long as the Bruins scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to go ahead 4-2. Pat Gallagher and Kevin Williams each recorded an RBI single with one out to help UCLA take the lead for good. Gallagher had another RBI in the sixth on a sacrifice fly before the Bruins opened a large lead with seven runs in the seventh inning.

In all, UCLA recorded eight hits in the inning, including a leadoff home run by Beau Amaral on the first pitch of his at bat. Amaral also added an RBI single later in the inning to cap off the scoring.

The Matadors added on a final run in the top of the eighth to make the scoreline closer at 12-4. Barry ledoff the inning with a double down the left field line and Keller followed with a double of his own with two outs to plate the run.

In the end, the game turned into a chance for both sides to empty their respective benches, as 39 different players saw action in the game, including 12 pitchers (CSUN 5, UCLA 7).

Louis Cohen (4-2) made his first career start for the Matadors and went 3.1 innings with a strike out to take the loss. Zack Ortiz (2-0) pitched one inning in relief of Grant Watson to pick up the win for UCLA.

Vogelsang led all Matadors offensively by going 3-for-4 against the Bruins' staff, while Keller, Ring and Livingston each added two hits of their own.

Cal State Northridge will enjoy a weekend off from action and will return to Matador Field on Tuesday, Apr. 24 to take on CSU Bakersfield at 3 p.m. All fans in attendance will receive admission for $2 and the game will be streamed live online for free on BigWest.TV.

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