Matadors Fall to Connecticut 11-2
March 6, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge Matadors (4-4) dropped an 11-2 decision Saturday afternoon to the Connecticut Huskies (4-1) at Matador Field. The Huskies rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to score 11 unanswered runs over the final five innings of the game.
Northridge jumped out in front in their half of the first inning by scoring twice on three hits.
Alex Muren laced a one out single to right field and quickly found his way into third base after some heads-up base running. With Ryan Pineda at-bat, Muren reached second base on a wild pitch from Huskies starting pitcher Greg Nappo.
Muren then promptly stole third base moments later. After Pineda worked a walk, Dominic D'Anna put the Matadors on the board with a hard hit single to right that easily scored Muren. Two batters later, CSUN scored again on a throwing error by the Huskies off the bat of Chris Allen, building their lead to 2-0.
The Matadors had opportunities to score in their next two innings, as they had two runners on in the second and third innings, but could not bring home any runners in each frame.
CSUN starting pitcher Paul Tremlin pitched four scoreless innings in his first start of the season, before the Huskies scored three times in the fifth off the junior, taking a 3-2 lead.
On the day, Tremlin pitched five innings, struck out three batters and surrendered only three runs.
In the top of the fifth, despite the Huskies scoring three times, stellar Matador defense prevented Connecticut from expanding their lead.
With two outs and a runner at third base, Connecticut batter George Springer hit a deep fly ball to center field that looked as if would leave the yard. Instead, Matador center fielder Drew Muren raced back to wall, leaped and caught what would have been a two-run home run from Springer to end the inning.
Following the three-run fifth inning, the Huskies tacked on to their lead by scoring a run in the sixth, four in the seventh and three more in the eighth that proved to be too much of a deficit for CSUN to overcome.
D'Anna drove in his eighth RBI of the season on Saturday with his first inning single that brought home Muren, which is two shy of team leader Pineda, who has 10 RBI's this season. The Matador first baseman had also hit safely in six of the team's eight games.
Junior transfer Ridge Carpenter went 1-for-3 on the afternoon, adding his hit total to 13, which moves him into a tie for the team-lead in hits with Pineda.
The Matadors will return to the diamond Sunday afternoon for the third game of their four game series with the Huskies. Shawn Wilyman will take the mound for the Matadors and will oppose Huskies starter, Matt Barnes. First pitch is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start time.
Connecticut 000 031 430 - 11 17 1
Matadors 200 000 000 - 2 7 0
Win - Nappo (2-0) Loss - Tremlin (2-1) Save - None
T - 2:34 A - 163