Feb. 19, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge Matadors (2-1) finished the day with a split in a doubleheader against the Seattle University Redhawks (1-2) Saturday. Northridge put up 10 runs in the first four innings of Game 2 to pull away from Seattle after dropping the first contest 9-0.
Game 1 (Published Earlier):
The Cal State Northridge Matadors (1-1) gave up nine runs on 10 hits and lost their first game of the season, 9-0, to the Seattle University Redhawks (1-1) in the first half of a doubleheader at Matador Field.
The game was dominated by pitching early, with only three combined hits through the first four innings. Junior Vincent Roberts made his Matador debut and pitched four innings, allowing just two hits.
Senior Shawn Wilyman replaced Roberts in the fifth inning with the bases loaded and no outs and surrendered a grand slam. Three runs were charged to Roberts on the play, two of them earned from an error earlier in the inning, and he picked up his first loss of the year.
Seattle added a three-run homerun later in the fifth to cap off a seven-run inning, and they tacked on two more in the seventh for good measure. Junior Adam Barry made his first start at designated hitter for Northridge and went 1-for-2 at the plate.
Since the game was the first half of a doubleheader, it was scheduled to only last seven innings.
The Matadors got off to a fast start in the second half of the twin billing, putting up five runs in the bottom of the first to support sophomore pitcher Jacob Petersen. Senior Ridge Carpenter drew a walk to lead off for Northridge and scored the game's first run on sophomore Alex Muren's two-out double.
The next batter was sophomore first baseman Joshua Goossen-Brown who recorded his first hit as a Matador, a two-run homerun to left field. Senior Justin De Marco walked and sophomore catcher Marty Bowen doubled to bring up shortstop Kyle Attl.
Attl singled home De Marco, then tried to bait the Redhawks into throwing down to second base with a fake steal. Bowen was able to score on the play after the Seattle shortstop was unable to field the throw.
Carpenter scored his second run of the game in the second inning when sophomore Drew Muren grounded out and earned the RBI. Goossen-Brown followed up his homerun with a leadoff double in the third inning and later scored by way of Bowen's RBI ground out.
The Matadors put up their final three runs in the fourth inning when Drew Muren singled with the bases loaded. Alex Muren was hit by a pitch to force home the second run of the inning, and De Marco hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Nate Ring.
Carlos Gonzalez, Jr. came in for relief in the fifth inning for Northridge and pitched four scoreless innings to earn his first win. He walked just one batter and struckout five.
The Cal State Northridge Matadors return to action tomorrow for the series finale against Seattle University. The start time has been moved up to 12 p.m.