March 15, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge Matadors (11-7) jumped out to an early lead and never trailed as they defeated the visiting UNLV Rebels (16-4) by a score of 11-6 on Tuesday at Matador Field.
The Matadors were able to produce in the clutch to take an early 7-0 lead and struck for four late-inning runs to maintain the lead and seal the victory over the Rebels.
Left fielder Adam Barry hit a one-out single through the right side of the infield to get things going for Northridge in the bottom of the second inning. Joshua Goossen-Brown promptly doubled to right center, advancing Barry to third base.
Tommy Simis then popped up a bunt that landed at the pitcher's feet and arrived safely at first to load the bases with one out. Second baseman TS Reed followed with a sacrifice fly to score Barry before Ridge Carpenter, Kyle Attl and Andrew Muren all walked to force in two more runs, giving the Matadors a 3-0 lead.
The lead was extended to six in the bottom of the third inning as Northridge put across three runs, all with two outs. Goossen-Brown was hit by a pitch and Simis walked before Reed singled to left field, scoring Goossen-Brown and Simis on a throwing error by the catcher, who attempted to cut down Simis advancing to third.
Carpenter grounded the ball to the second baseman, who could not throw cleanly to first and Reed scored, putting CSUN ahead 6-0. The lead grew to 7-0 after Carpenter tripled in Goossen-Brown with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Down seven runs in the top of the sixth, UNLV pieced together timely hits off of Matador starter Paul Tremlin (1-0) and reliever Harley Holt, as the Rebels tacked on six runs on five hits, two of which were homeruns.
With the gap suddenly closed to one run, the Matadors rebounded and responded in the bottom of the seventh inning. Goossen-Brown (3-for-3, four runs) hit his second double of the game with one out and Simis walked for the second time. Reed plated his third RBI of the game, before Carpenter blew the game back open with a three-run homerun to left field to give the Matadors a final margin of 11-6.
Goossen-Brown pitched the final 2.1 innings for Northridge to earn his third save of the season. Carpenter went 2-for-4 with four RBI, Simis scored three runs and Reed scored twice and drove in three.
The Matadors will now travel north to face Sacramento State for a three-game road series this weekend before returning home to host Loyola Marymount on March 25. First pitch on Friday at Sacramento State is scheduled for 2 p.m.