LONG BEACH, Calif. -
After winning the series opener on Thursday night, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (12-13, 1-1 Big West) were defeated by the Long Beach State Dirtbags (10-16, 1-1 Big West) 14-2 on Friday night at Blair Field. The Matadors fell behind early and could not get the needed runs to extend their season-high win streak to seven games.
Nathan Ring continued his ongoing success at the plate for Northridge, going 2-for-3 with a walk drawn and a run scored. Kyle Ferramola went 2-for-4 with a double for the Matadors as the only other CSUN player with multiple hits.
Long Beach State took an early lead with two runs in the bottom of the first. Ino Patron singled in a run before later getting into a rundown that allowed a runner to come home from third.
The Dirtbags added three runs in the third inning and other in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead on the Matadors. Long Beach State put across three runs as well in the bottom of the sixth following an RBI by Michael Hill and a two-run single by Richard Prigatano.
The Matadors were able to scratch across a run in the top of the seventh to get on the scoreboard after loading the bases with two outs. With Chester Pak on third base, Ryan Raslowsky reached on an infield single past the pitcher to score CSUN's first run of the night.
CSUN added another in the top of the 8th to get within seven runs at 9-2 but could get no closer in the game. Ring started things off by singling to right and advancing to second on a fielding error. He came around to score on a single by Ferramola with two outs.
Long Beach State broke the game open for good in the bottom of the eighth, reversing the momentum CSUN was starting to build. After consecutive singles to open the inning, Hill hit a ball that rolled all the way to the wall in right field and resulted in a three-run inside-the-park home run. The Dirtbags scored twice more in the inning to seal the game.
Hill went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and four runs scored to lead the Dirtbags while Jeff McNeil and Prigatano had three hits apiece.
Jake Stassi (2-1) pitched 6.2 innings and allowed a run in the victory for Long Beach State. Calvin Copping (2-3) took the loss for the Matadors after conceding six runs in 5.0 innings with four strikeouts.
The Matadors and Dirtbags will close out their three-game series on Saturday, March 30 at Blair Field. The first pitch of the rubber match is scheduled for 2 p.m.