Feb. 28, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
A five-run first inning was all the offense that Matador RHP Ryan Juarez needed to secure his second victory of the season as the Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-3) downed the visiting Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-3) by a score of 7-3 Saturday afternoon.
Taking the mound for CSUN tomorrow in hopes of completing the weekend sweep is LHP Bryan Harper (0-0, 1.69 ERA), throwing for the Red Raiders will be RHP AJ Ramos (1-0, 0.00 ERA).
In attendance for today's game were the members of the 1970 Division II National Championship-winning baseball team as they were honored in a pregame ceremony as part of CSUN's Athletic Hall of Fame celebration this weekend.
The first-ever team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, were given replica jerseys from their championship season by the current members of the baseball team before former Sports Information Director Joe Butita provided the crowd with information on all of the individual members on the 1970's squad.
Once the game began, the Red Raiders wasted no time in jumping out to an early 1-0 lead as they loaded the bases and scored a run before the Matadors completed a triple play to end the inning, minimizing the potential damage of the inning in the process.
The Matadors responded in a big way in their half of the first inning as leadoff-hitter Jeff Pruitt and John Parham reached base before left fielder Richard Cates drove home the first run of the inning. Only moments after Pruitt touched home plate Ryan Pineda launched a pitch from Red Raider starting pitcher over the fence in left field, giving the Matadors a three-run lead.
After C.J. Belanger reached first base on a single to right-centerfield, and stole second base, catcher Chris Hannick drove in the fifth and final run of the inning with his double down the left-field line. In total, nine Matadors made a trip to the plate, with five runs scored on four hits.
With momentum squarely in the hands of the Matadors, Texas Tech responded the very next inning Red Raider second baseman Michael Reed drove in two runs to chip away at the Matador lead.
CSUN eventually extended their now whittled advantage back to four runs by scoring one run in the third on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Westley Wright, and another in the fifth inning as Red Raider reliever Louis Head came into the game in relief and walked in a run with the bases loaded.
With their lead back to four runs, Matador Head Coach Steve Rousey brought in Billy Ott from the bullpen, who proceeded to allow zero runs and allowed only three hits in the final four innings of play.
Texas Tech had once last opportunity to manufacture runs, as they had runners on first and second base to lead-of the eighth inning before Ott struckout the next two batters faced, and forced the last Red Raider to bat in the inning to ground out to the shortstop.
The save was Ott's second of the season.
The final game of the series will take place tomorrow at Matador Field, first pitch is scheduled for 12 noon.
Texas Tech 120 000 000 - 3 8 2
Matadors 501 010 00X - 7 8 3
Win - Juarez (2-0) Loss - Morgan (1-1) Save - Ott (2) T - 2:37 A - 237