April 2, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. -
For a second game in a row, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (14-13, 0-2) scored the first two runs to take a 2-0 lead but once again were overcome by the UC Irvine Anteaters (17-6, 2-0), this time 10-4 at Anteater Ballpark on Saturday afternoon.
The scoring began a little bit earlier for the Matadors than on Friday night, as they were able to produce two runs in the top of the second inning thanks to situational hitting. Designated hitter Marty Bowen (3-for-4) singled to left field to lead off the inning. Adam Barry then followed with a double down the left field line to advance Bowen to third base with no outs.
Senior Justin De Marco grounded out to the right side of the infield to score Bowen and advance Barry with one out and Andrew Muren hit a sacrifice fly in foul ground in left field to score the runner from third. The Matadors led 2-0 going to the bottom half of the second inning.
As they did the night before, the Anteaters responded immediately by putting up three runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-2 lead. It was the second straight night that a two-run Northridge lead was turned into an Anteater lead before the inning was through. Irvine catcher Ronnie Shaeffer hit a two-run homerun to left field to tie the game at two apiece and the go-ahead run was later scored on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded.
UC Irvine added three more runs in the bottom of the third inning to extend their lead to 6-2 following a two-run single and a balk by relief pitcher Carlos Gonzalez, Jr.
The Matadors responded in the top of the fourth inning by scoring once on a sacrifice fly by De Marco that scored catcher Steven Keller from third with two out.
Ahead by three runs, the Anteaters broke the game open in the fifth inning once again, this time scoring four runs to build the gap to 10-3. The final run of the game was scored for Northridge in the top of the eighth inning as Bowen grounded out to score Tommy Simis who had led off the frame with a double off the top of the fence in left field.
Starting pitcher Paul Tremlin (1-1) pitched 2.0 innings and allowed four earned runs in the game, receiving his first loss of the season. De Marco finished with two RBI despite not recording a hit and Barry went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in the defeat. Drew Muren walked and had an RBI on a sacrifice fly to bring his total to five this series and 21 this season.
The series will wrap up on Sunday at Anteater Ballpark as Alex Muren will be on the mound for the Matadors at 1 p.m.