May 26, 2012

Matadors Lose Pitcher's Duel to Pacific 2-1

STOCKTON, Calif. -

Both starting pitchers threw complete games but the Cal State Northridge Matadors (23-29, 10-13 Big West) came out on the unfortunate side of a 2-1 decision against the Pacific Tigers (15-40, 5-18 Big West) on Saturday afternoon at Klein Family Field. The Tigers scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth inning that proved to be the game winner.

Pacific scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, but not before the Matadors' defense helped back up Northridge starter Jerry Keel. After a one-out double, Tyger Pederson singled to left fielder Adam Barry. Barry came up throwing, however, and was able to get Curtis Gomez at the plate trying to score.

The Tigers eventually put across their first run on a two-out single to center field as the throw home to get Pederson was not in time.

Northridge tied the game in the next half inning after Miles Williams reached on an error by Gomez at third base. Williams stole second before Tommy Simis singled to left center to drive him in with one out.

In the bottom of the sixth the Tigers were able to take a 2-1 lead that they would not give up. Leadoff hitter Riley Drongesen was hit by a pitch and later moved up to second on an errant pickoff attempt. He came around to score an unearned run on a two-out RBI single by Pederson.

The Matadors were unable to get a runner past first base the rest of the way against Pacific starter Michael Hager, who allowed just one unearned run in the complete game.

Simis led Northridge at the plate by going 2-for-3 with an RBI while Bowen collected the other Matador hit in the game. Pederson led all hitters with a 3-for-3 performance in which he added an RBI and run scored.

Keel (6-3) struck out two batters in eight innings but was able to lower his team-leading ERA to 2.07 in the loss. Hager (6-5) recorded four strikeouts and did not issue a walk in the win.

The Matadors and Tigers will conclude the 2012 season tomorrow, May 27, with a 1 p.m. game at Klein Family Field. Radio and live stats coverage will be available on GoMatadors.com.a