March 11, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The errors were too much to overcome for Cal State Northridge as the Matadors (8-6) lost to the Lafayette College Leopards (3-5) on Friday at Matador Field. The contest was the first time the two teams had ever met on the baseball diamond.
Despite five errors and three unearned runs, the Matadors were almost able to pull out another late victory before surrendering two runs in the eighth and ninth innings. The loss snaps Northridge's three-game winning streak, which started with a 3-2 extra-inning thriller over San Francisco at the YMBL Cardinal Classic in Beaumont, Texas last weekend.
The Matadors led early as centerfielder Andrew Muren hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the first inning to put CSUN ahead 1-0. The homerun was his second of the season and his second in as many at-bats, as Muren hit a grand slam to give the Matadors the lead late against San Diego State this past Tuesday. Muren finished the game 1-for-4 and now has six RBI in the last two games.
Muren has now hit a homerun in back-to-back games, the first Matador to do so since Ryan Pineda hit a homerun in three straight from Mar. 27-29, 2010.
Things turned south for Northridge in the top half of the third inning, as three errors in the field, two on one play, allowed three Leopards to score. All three runs were charged as unearned to the starting pitcher, Vincent Roberts. Roberts pitched 7.0 innings on the mound and struckout five hitters before being lifted from the game.
Lafayette refused to yield and posted two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth inning off of senior pitcher Ryan Juarez (2-3) who picked up the loss.
Christian Allen went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Tommy Simis hit 1-for-3 with a walk and a run in the defeat. Catcher Steven Keller went 0-for-2 with a walk and hit-by-pitch, ending his team-high 10 game hitting streak.
The Matadors and Leopards will play a doubleheader tomorrow at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. Directions are linked to at the beginning of this recap. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. The series finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. back at Matador Field.