Matadors Fall in Series Finale at USC 4-2


Despite tying the ballgame with a pair of runs in the sixth inning, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (4-3) fell to the University of Southern California Trojans (4-3) 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field. After trailing 2-0 early, Northridge got RBIs from Cal Vogelsang and Miles Williams before two late USC runs sealed the game.

The Trojans scored first in the bottom of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. With two outs, James Roberts singled up the middle for the first USC hit of the day. Following the play Bob Wheatley, USC's Friday night starting pitcher, was ejected from the game by home plate umpire Joe Maiden after he comments made from the dugout. 

Kevin Swick was then hit by a pitch and AJ Ramirez singled to score Roberts from second. The Trojans scored another run in the third inning on a single by Dante Flores.

Northridge rallied for the third straight day, plating the tying runs in the top of the sixth. Kyle Attl led off the inning with a single to right field and Chester Pak followed suit with a single to left. 

After a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Raslowsky, Cal Vogelsang drove in a run with a single up the middle. Vogelsang then stole second with one out before Miles Williams scored Pak with a ground out to the right side of the infield.

The Trojans regained the lead and momentum in the sixth with an RBI double with two outs by Ramirez. The final run of the game was scored in the bottom of the seventh when Greg Zebrack came home on a double play ball by Flores. 

Calvin Copping (1-1) allowed three runs on nine hits and struck out five batters in 6.0 innings to take the loss for the Matadors. Kyle Twomey (1-0) pitched a complete game with five strikeouts for his first win of the year.

The Matadors will remain on the road for their next three series beginning this week at Washington State. Northridge will begin a four-game set against the Cougars on Thursday, Feb. 28 in Pullman, Wash. Following the weekend series, the Matadors will head to Oregon to face the Ducks on March 4-5 before finishing the road trip the next week at Sacramento State.