March 13, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Lafayette College Leopards (4-7) scored in the first inning for the third straight game on their way to defeating the Cal State Northridge Matadors (10-7) 5-3 on Sunday at Matador Field to earn a series split.
Northridge committed four errors in the loss and started the game on the wrong foot, as starting pitcher Justen Gorski (2-1) threw errantly to first base on a comebacker to start the game. The Leopards capitalized and scored twice in the top of the first inning to take the early 2-0 advantage.
A third run was added in the top of the fourth inning for Lafayette following a failed pickoff attempt at first base, as the throw from Gorski allowed the Leopard runner to advance to second. The run later scored from second on an RBI single to left field to put Lafayette ahead 3-0.
Northridge faced a 5-0 deficit after timely singles with one out for Lafayette scored two more runs in the top half of the fifth inning.
The Matadors began to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the fifth, as shortstop Kyle Attl led off the inning with a single in the hole at second base. Attl was out at second base on a fielder's choice, which allowed senior Ridge Carpenter to reach first with two outs. Centerfielder Andrew Muren hit a ground-rule double down the left field line, advancing Carpenter to third base. Carpenter scored as the Lafayette pitcher was called for a balk.
Northridge scored its second run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning following a leadoff walk for Marty Bowen. Leftfielder Adam Barry was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with no outs. With two outs in the inning, Joshua Goossen-Brown pinch hit and singled in Bowen from second.
The final run of the game for the Matadors came in the bottom of the ninth, as they attempted to mount a furious comeback with two outs, trailing by three runs. After reaching on a fielding error with one out, Carpenter advanced to second on a two-out infield single by Steven Keller, who beat the throw from the shortstop at first base.
Bowen singled through the right side of the infield to score Carpenter to cut the lead to 5-3 before the final out was recorded on the next play.
Bowen finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and another driven in. Keller hit 2-for-5 and Carpenter scored two runs in the defeat.