NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Cal State Northridge was unable to hold off a late rally by UC Davis (19-24, 5-13 Big West) as the Matadors (17-30, 5-10 Big West) fell to the Aggies 3-2 in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon at Matador Field. The Matadors trailed by two in the 10th inning and had the tying run at third base when the game ended.
"You have to continue to breathe and play. The situation needs to become irrelevant," said CSUN head coach Greg Moore. "That's what we are working to have happen."
The Matadors jumped out to an early lead by putting up a run in the bottom of the first. Ryan Raslowsky drew a walk with one out and found himself at third after a passed ball and a stolen base. With two outs in the inning, Nick Murphy hit a double down the left field line to give CSUN a 1-0 advantage.
The lead held up until the top of the ninth when UC Davis was able to scratch across the tying run. Until that point, CSUN starting pitcher Jordan Johnson controlled the game on the mound for the Matadors.
Johnson struck out three batters on the day but allowed only three hits: a single in the third, sixth and eighth. He finished the day without a decision after pitching 8.0 scoreless innings.
A one-out single in the ninth set the stage for UC Davis to extend the game. With two outs, Spencer Henderson hit a single to center field that scored Kevin Barker and tied the game at 1-1.
The Matadors pieced together a pair of singles from Murphy and Nick Blaser with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but the runners were stranded there.
UC Davis kept the momentum in the 10th inning and scored twice to take its first lead of the game at 3-1. Adam Young hit a one-out double down the left field line before Anthony Cortez came in to pitch and recorded the final two outs of the inning.
In the bottom of the 10th, CSUN fought back to plate a run. Alexis Mercado reached on an infield single and Nicolas Osuna hit a double down the left field line to put the tying run in scoring position.
William Colantono then hit a grounder to the right side that resulted in the first out of the inning while also scoring pinch runner Devin Harrison from third. A fly out to right field was not deep enough to send Osuna toward the plate and a foul out to first base ended the game.
Murphy and Osuna each went 2-for-4 with a double while Raslowsky drew two walks and had a pair of stolen bases.
Shay Malese (2-3) was hit with the loss after allowing three runs while Zach Stone (3-3) entered the game in the ninth for UC Davis and was credited with the win.
The Matadors will head up the coast next weekend to face the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in a three-game Big West Conference series. First pitch on Friday, May 9, is scheduled for 3 p.m.