Justin DeMarco's Grand Slam Powers CSUN Past Seattle 10-5
March 20, 2010
BELLEVUE, Wash. - Three Cal State Northridge (11-6) home runs, including Justin DeMarco's first career grand slam would provide all the offense needed as the Matadors defeated Seattle University in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader by a score of 10-5.
Scheduled to last only seven innings, Matador starter Paul Tremlin threw five complete innings to earn his team-high fourth win of the season.
As was the case in Friday's game, the Matadors were the first to take the lead when left fielder Ridge Carpenter belted his first home run to straightaway left field in the top of the third inning to score shortstop Brad Decater for a 2-0 lead.
As quickly as CSUN took the lead, Seattle tied the score at 2-2 in the bottom half of the same inning.
Back-to-back singles by Redhawk left fielder Phil Parrish and third baseman Josh Kalau would morph into Seattle runs when teammate Sean Narby drove in both runners with his single to right field.
Northridge responded in their very next set of at-bats when right fielder Nate Ring also hit his first home run of the season to left field to regain the lead at 3-2.
Once Ring's blast landed on the other side of the fence, he became the tenth different Matador to hit a home run this season; only nine players were able to hit one out of the park last season.
Including the blasts hit by Carpenter and Ring, every Matador in the starting lineup has now hit one over the fence in 2010.
The Matador home run derby continued in the bottom of the fifth inning when DeMarco hit his second home run of the season, a grand slam to left field to extend the Matador lead to 7-2.
It was the second grand slam hit this season, teammate Drew Muren hit a grand slam against #11 East Carolina earlier in the season to complete the Matador come-from-behind effort to win that game.
The grand slam was the first hit by DeMarco as a Matador, and fourth career home run. As a testament to the long-ball potential this year's team possesses, the 2010 unit has now hit 18 home runs in 17 games played this season compared to last year's squad who hit 32 souvenirs in their 56 games played last season.
Northridge tacked on another run when Carpenter scored from third base on a wild pitch after having originally reached base after being plunked by a pitch from Redhawk reliever Joey Pulitano in the top of the sixth.
Second baseman Ryan Pineda drew a base on balls before exhibiting his speed on the basepaths when he sprinted around the diamond on a double hit by first baseman Dominic D'Anna down the line in right field to push CSUN's lead to 9-2.
Running on contact, D'Anna would touch home plate when catcher Dominic Piazza's bloop hit landed in-between the Seattle third baseman, shortstop, and left fielder to score the third and final run of the inning.
Seattle would chip away at CSUN's lead with a three-run effort in the bottom of the sixth, but Matador reliever Trevor Fredrickson would enter the game and hold the Redhawks scoreless for the remainder of the game to give Tremlin and his team the win.
The back-end of Saturday's doubleheader will feature Northridge RHP Shawn Wilyman (0-2, 7.36) against Seattle LHP Conor Spink (0-3, 9.16) in a full, nine-inning game. Fans can follow all the action live via internet radio or Live Stats courtesy of Seattle University.
Matadors 002 143 0 - 10 9 0
Seattle 002 003 0 - 5 8 3
Win - Tremllin (4-1) Loss - Evasick (1-3) Save - None
A - N/A T - 2:22