March 16, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - For the second time in as many games, junior shortstop Brad Decater blasted two home runs to help the Cal State Northridge Matadors defeat the UNLV Rebels 13-7 Tuesday afternoon at Matador Field.
Decater finished the day 3-for-3 with a double and seven RBI's to go along with his two homers, while Ridge Carpenter also added three hits to help lead the Matador offense.
On the mound, CSUN starter Alex Muren held the Rebels scoreless over his first five innings pitched and allowed just two hits to earn his first win as a Matador.
Northridge got things started in the bottom of the second inning when Decater's fourth round-tripper of the season brought home C.J. Belanger and Justin DeMarco - who both reached base on singles earlier in the inning - to give CSUN an early 3-0 lead.
The Matadors kept things rolling in their next set of at-bats, as second-baseman Ryan Pineda doubled to left field to lead off the inning and keep the offensive momentum for Northridge.
Pineda stole third shortly thereafter, and would eventually score on a Dominic D'Anna sacrifice fly to left field, increasing CSUN's tally to 4-0.
It was more of the same for Northridge in the fourth. Decater's second hit of the afternoon was a double down the left field line that scored DeMarco who led off the inning with a double to deep left field.
Carpenter then ripped a single up the middle to score Decater from second, before Pineda followed with a single up the middle of his own, allowing Carpenter to cross home plate and push the Matador lead to seven after just four innings of play.
Decater's second home run of the day was a blast that traveled deep over the left field fence, bringing home Bowen, Reed, and himself for his fifth, sixth, and seventh RBI's of the game.
After UNLV got on the board with two runs in the top of the sixth, Northridge answered in their next set of at-bats to push the lead back to ten.
With one out and runners on first and second, Bowen hit a double down the right field line to bring around Pineda from second, advancing D'Anna to third. Two batters later, a DeMarco dribbler back to the pitcher would score D'Anna and put the Matadors up 12-2.
After a three-run UNLV seventh, Northridge scored for the sixth straight inning when Drew Muren's single in the bottom half of the inning scored Reed from third base, making the score 13-5 heading into the eighth.
Reed pinch-ran for Decater, who walked in his final at-bat of the game to start the seventh inning.
Four hits, including a solo home run by Drew Beuerlein to lead off the inning helped the Rebels score two runs in the top of the eighth, bringing UNLV within five.
But Northridge would not let them get any closer than that. Bryan Longpre came on to finish things out for CSUN in the top on the ninth, retiring three of the four batters he faced to sustain the score and secure the Matador victory.
Northridge had four players finish the game with multiple hits. In addition to Decater and Carpenter, Pineda and Belanger finished the game with two hits apiece.
The Matadors return to action this Friday, when they kick off a four-game series with Seattle University at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, WA. First pitch on Friday is slated for 6 p.m.
UNLV 000 002 320 - 7 12 1
Matadors 031 332 10x - 13 17 1
Win - Muren (1-0) Loss - DeWeese (1-1) Save - None
T- 3:08 A - 387