Northridge Loses Game 1 to Sacramento State 3-1, Wins Game 2 13-7
March 18, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Although the Cal State Northridge Matadors (12-8) lost the first half of a doubleheader, their bats came alive in the second game as they defeated the Sacramento State Hornets (5-15) to earn a split at Matador Field.
Northridge doubled its hit total in the second game to 14 and scored 13 runs against the Hornets to take Game 2 by a final score of 13-7.
Game 2 Recap
After losing a low-scoring affair in the first game of the doubleheader, the Cal State Northridge Matadors scored as many runs (4) in the bottom of the first as were scored in the entire first game. Ridge Carpenter led off the home half of the first by walking for a team-high 13th time on the season.
Shortstop Kyle Attl followed with a single to center field before Andrew Muren advanced the runners to second and third on a groundout. Designated hitter Steven Keller singled through the right side of the infield to drive in two runs and later scored on Christian Allen's triple to right-center field that also brought home Joshua Goossen-Brown.
Sacramento State was not behind for long as the Hornets were able to push across one run in the top of the second and three in the third to tie the game at 4-4. The Matadors broke the tie in their half of the third inning as Adam Barry started the inning off with a double, his second of the season.
The game continued to go back-and-forth as the game was once again tied, this time at five apiece in the top of the fifth before Reed plated his second RBI in the game with a bases-loaded single with one out for the Matadors.
Three more runs were added for Northridge in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Sacramento State pitcher balked with the bases loaded and no outs to score a run. Allen grounded into a double play, but Keller scored to extend the lead to 8-5 and Simis hit an RBI single to push the lead to four runs.
Ahead by a margin of 9-7 in the bottom of the eighth, the Matadors got some much-needed insurance runs from the bat of Reed with two outs. After the first two batters were retired, first baseman Justin De Marco singled up the middle and Nate Ring walked. Simis doubled home De Marco and Reed followed by launching a three-run homerun over the left field fence.
Jacob Petersen pitched 3.1 innings in relief to improve to 3-0 on the season, and Goossen-Brown pitched 1.1 innings and struckout a hitter to record his fourth save.
Goossen-Brown finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored, Keller, Allen and Simis all had two RBI, and Reed finished 2-for-4 with 5 RBI as the Matadors finished the doubleheader 1-1 against the Hornets.
Game 1 Recap (Published Earlier)
Despite getting seven hits the Cal State Northridge Matadors (11-8) were only able to push across one run in a 3-1 loss to the Sacramento State Hornets (5-14) in the first game of a doubleheader at Matador Field.
Vincent Roberts (0-4) started the game on the mound for the Matadors and struckout five hitters in six innings of work, giving up three runs to take the loss.
Hits were not at a premium in the first game, as the two sides recorded a combined 17 hits in the contest. Sacramento State was able to score the first run in the top of the second inning en route to snapping a seven-game losing streak. The Hornets hit four doubles in the game and also scored two runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-0 lead.
The lone run for Northridge was scored in the bottom of the fifth as third baseman Tommy Simis led off with a double to left field. TS Reed laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Simis to third and Ridge Carpenter recorded a sacrifice hit to the right side of the infield to bring home the run.
The Matadors were unable to threaten the rest of the way, as they were blanked by the Hornets over the final four innings, getting just one runner on base and failing to get a hit.
The second game of the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at approximately 2:55 p.m.