Matadors Drop Finale at UC Riverside 3-1


After winning the first two games of the series, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (20-23, 7-8 Big West) could not complete the program's first Big West sweep since 2010, losing 3-1 to UC Riverside (16-26, 5-10 Big West) on Sunday afternoon at the Riverside Sports Complex.

The Matadors scored first for the third straight game, but could not make a first-inning run last against the Highlanders.

With two outs in the inning Adam Barry reached on an error, one of three Highlander miscues on the afternoon. Miles Williams followed with an RBI double that fell between three UC Riverside fielders in right center to bring home Northridge's only run.

The Highlanders took a 2-1 lead in the second inning against Northridge starter Vincent Roberts. The lead was UC Riverside's first of the series and all it needed to salvage the series with the win in the finale.

Clayton Prestridge opened the second inning for the Highlanders with a lined shot that hit off the glove of Kyle Attl at shortstop and went into left center for a single. Kyle Boudreau then doubled to right field to bring home the run and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Eddie Young.

The score line held until the bottom of the sixth inning when UC Riverside added a run to go ahead 3-1. Following a David Andriese double, Drake Zarate hit an RBI single to right field with one out.

Marty Bowen and Cal Vogelsang each reached base on errors in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, but the Matadors were unable to bring the runners around.

Roberts (0-8) pitched 3.1 innings for the Matadors and struck out two in a losing effort. Dylan Stuart (5-6) went 8.0 innings for UC Riverside with two strikeouts and allowed just the unearned run in the first while Ben Doucette pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his second save.

Williams drove in the lone RBI for Northridge and Barry, Ryan Raslowsky and Steven Keller also contributed hits. Three of the Matadors' four hits in the game were doubles.

Despite not completing the sweep, the Matadors did take the season series from the Highlanders. Prior to this series, Northridge had not won a three-game set on the road in conference play since 2004.

The Matadors return home to Matador Field on Friday, May 11 for the first of three games against the UC Irvine Anteaters. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m.