Feb. 24, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge Matadors and Loyola Marymount Lions gave the scoreboard at Matador Field quite a workout in their Tuesday afternoon game, as both teams scored a combined 21 runs for the day. Unfortunately for Northridge, they came up one run short as the Lions scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning for a 11-10 victory over the host Matadors.
CSUN exhibited their grit and determination throughout the entire afternoon as they battled back to erase two different LMU advantages to give themselves a chance to with their second straight home game of the season.
After absorbing LMU's offensive attack during the first part of the game, the Matadors responded in kind by scoring two runs in each of the first three innings, tying the game at six apiece.
Leading the Matador attack were catcher John Parham and third baseman Dominic D'Anna as each finished the day with three runs driven in apiece. The former belted a two-run home run in the second inning and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth, while the latter drove in a run in the first inning with his single down the right-field line and smacked a two-run home run of his own in the third.
Designated hitter Chris Hannick did his part to help neutralize the Lion's advantage on the scoreboard with his solo shot in the sixth inning; the home runs were the first of the season for all three Matadors.
Down by a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Matadors tied the game at 10-10 when Hannick's double drove in third baseman Ryan Pineda who led off the inning with a single to centerfield, and advanced to second base thanks to a passed ball by Lion pitcher Xavier Esquivel.
Instead of becoming the catalyst for a Matador comeback, that run would be the final one to cross the plate for CSUN as LMU erased all hopes of a come-from-behind effort once they scored the winning run in the ninth.
Northridge now has two days to prepare for their next opponent, the Texas Tech Red Raiders before their three-game series begins on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
On Saturday, February 28th, Cal State Northridge will welcome back the 1970 Baseball National Championship team as part of CSUN's Hall of Fame celebration taking place throughout the entire weekend. A pregame ceremony will be held in their honor before the start of Saturday's game. Even though first pitch is scheduled on Saturday for 1:00 p.m., fans are encouraged to arrive to Matador Field early to not only secure their seats, but also become a part of the celebration as we honor the achievements and legacy of the first baseball team to earn the honor of national champions at Cal State Northridge.
Loyola Marymount 3 3 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 - 11 13 2
Matadors 2 2 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 - 10 15 4
Win - Esquivel, X. (1-0) Loss - Jolicoeur
T - 3:43 A - 341