Matadors Win Home Opener in Walk-Off Fashion
Feb. 26, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - With the game only moments away from being postponed due to darkness, Cal State Northridge (3-2) third baseman Justin DeMarco drove home the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the twelfth inning to defeat the Pepperdine Waves (2-3) in their 2010 home opener.
The series now shifts to the coast for game two of the weekend series Saturday afternoon. With Southern California bracing for an incoming storm this weekend, tomorrow's game may need to be rescheduled. For the latest information on Saturday's game between CSUN and Pepperdine at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu, go to www.GoMatadors.com.
After scoring 39 runs against their first four opponents, Northridge participated in their first pitching duel of the season as starters Ryan Juarez and Cole Cook mirrored each other's efforts for a majority of the game.
After Pepperdine scored the first run of the afternoon in the third inning, CSUN tied the game in their half of the fourth when DeMarco drove in second baseman Ryan Pineda, who initially reached base on a single to right-centerfield, on a single to left field.
Northridge then took the lead one inning later when left fielder Ridge Carpenter singled to left field, stole his fifth base of the season, and scored when centerfielder Drew Muren singled to reach base.
The Northridge advantage would be short-lived as the Waves responded in their next set of at-bats to tie the game at two apiece.
From then on, the pitching staffs of both teams quickly cooled the bats of their opposition. Cook ended up throwing 103 pitches before being removed from the game after giving up five hits and two earned runs, while his counterpart Juarez finished the game throwing 100 pitches of his own, giving up a paltry five hits and two earned runs as well.
With his eight strikeouts earned against Pepperdine, Juarez set a new career record for strikeouts, his previous career high took place against the Columbia Lions in the first game of a doubleheader on March 21st at Matador Field.
Extra innings were needed to declare a winner as neither team was able to manufacture a run from the seventh inning until the bottom of the twelfth when DeMarco earned his second RBI of the game.
Had the Matadors not scored, the game would have been postponed due to darkness and rescheduled for another date. Neither Matador Field or Eddy D. Field, the home facilities of the teams involved are equipped with lights; with the status of Saturday's game threatened due to rain, Friday's game would have made the scheduling efforts of both teams difficult if two games were needed to be organized for a later date.
Any doubts that resided in the minds of those in attendance were quickly eradicated once DeMarco hit his single to centerfield, scoring Pineda from second base.
In 2008, the Matadors lost both games against Pepperdine at Eddy D. Field in walk-off fashion and look to change their fortunes in Malibu this season when they travel to the coast for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday. Live Stats will be provided by Pepperdine for Saturday's game.
Pepperdine 001 001 000 000 - 2 7 0
Matadors 000 110 000 001 - 3 7 1
Win - Tremlin (2-0) Loss - Gates (0-1) Save - None
T - 3:44 A - 342