CSUN Completes Third Straight Big West Sweep, Beats UC Davis 10-4
DAVIS, Calif. -
Nicolas Osuna collected two RBIs and Anthony Lombardo drove in a pair of insurance runs late as the Cal State Northridge Matadors (29-18, 14-4 Big West) defeated the UC Davis Aggies (16-29, 3-15 Big West) 10-4 on Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium. With the win, Northridge completed its third consecutive Big West sweep and clinched a winning season for the second time since 2002.
The Aggies were able to jump out to an early lead by scoring three times in the bottom of the first. Mike Mazzara hit a solo home run to left field with one out before two-out hits for Nick Lynch, Cameron Olson and Spencer Henderson brought in two more runs.
The Matadors responded in the top of the second with two runs to cut the deficit to 3-2. Cal Vogelsang singled before Chester Pak doubled down the left field line with one out. Osuna followed with a one-out single up the middle to plate both runners.
After giving up the three runs in the first, CSUN starting pitcher John Salas recovered to set down the next 11 batters he faced into the fifth inning. By that point, the Northridge offense had struck again to take the lead for the first time in the game at 4-3.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the fifth, Joshua Goossen-Brown hit a hard line drive to the shortstop that hit the fielder and allowed two runs to score. Originially credited as a two-run single, the play was changed to an error later in the game.
UC Davis fought back in the bottom of the fifth and was able to score a run that tied the game at 4-4. With two outs, Kevin Barker doubled and John Williams singled for the Aggies.
Salas then got the next four hitters he faced, including a pair of strikeouts to keep the game tied in the bottom of the sixth. His offense came through in the top of the seventh to provide the rest of the needed runs in the game.
With two outs in the top of the seventh, Kyle Attl hit a solo home run down the left field line to put CSUN up 5-4. It was the senior's second home run of the weekend after hitting a two-run shot on Saturday.
Looking for insurance runs in the eighth, the Matadors were able to load the bases with one out. Lombardo came in as a pinch hitter against UC Davis closer Max Cordy and lined a two-run single through the right side of the infield. Nathan Ring and Goossen-Brown walked with the bases loaded to force in two more runs and relief pitcher Dan Gallagher balked before throwing a pitch in the game to bring home another.
Salas (3-5) struck out three batters in 7.0 innings to get the win for Northridge. Evan Wolf (2-3) allowed five runs on five hits in 6.2 innings while also walking five.
Vogelsang finished the day 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored while Osuna and Lombardo each drove in two runs. Ring went 0-for-0 in the game with four walks, a hit by pitch and an RBI.
The Matadors will next play at UCLA on Tuesday, May 7, at Jackie Robinson Stadium in the team's final non-conference game of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.