April 6, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. - After nearly pulling off a come-from-behind victory over the Pepperdine Waves (10-15) in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (16-12) were also defeated in the second game of the day, dropping both games by respective scores of 3-2 and 12-7.
Tuesday's games marked the end of the season series between the Matadors and the Waves, with each team splitting the series 2-2 for the second consecutive season by winning their respective home games.
On a bye from Big West games this week, CSUN's non-conference schedule will continue with three games against Cal State Bakersfield and a one-off contest against San Diego State before resuming conference action against Cal Poly on the 16th.
After falling behind early in the first game of the day 3-0, CSUN began their comeback efforts in the top of the seventh inning right-fielder C.J. Belanger was able to lead-off the inning with a single to right field.
Second baseman Ryan Pineda started the Matador rally in the top of the eighth on his single to right-centerfield, the first stop on his tour of the bases. A wild pitch thrown by Wave reliever Keven Inman was sandwiched between singles from first baseman Dominic D'Anna and Belanger, enabling Pineda to slice Pepperdine's lead to one run.
That one run would turn out to be the difference in the game as Wave reliever Cole Cook entered the game and retired the side in order to give his team the victory.
In the second game, the Waves jumped out to a 6-0 lead in their half of the first inning, creating a cushion that the Matadors would fight to decrease throughout the rest of the game.
In their half of the third, CSUN would chop the lead in half thanks to a three run, three hit effort.
Left-fielder Nate Ring would become the first Matador to score; after reaching base on a single to third base, Pineda would earn his first RBI of the game on his double down the line in right field.
After Belanger reached base on a walk, D'Anna would drive home his teammates on a bases-clearing single through the left side of the infield.
After watching CSUN slowly trim their initial six run lead, Pepperdine would recreate their six run lead after scoring once in the bottom half of the third, and twice in their part of the fourth.
Down six runs once again, CSUN refused to quit as a sacrifice fly off the bat of third baseman Justin DeMarco enabled centerfielder Drew Muren, who originally reached base on his lead-off single down the left-field line, to scamper 90 feet towards home plate.
Unfortunately for the Matadors, Pepperdine got that one run back in their next set of at-bats.
Undaunted, CSUN would continue to create scoring opportunities as the game progressed; after his single to left center, Belanger drove home Pineda with his double to right field in the top of the seventh to shave the Wave lead by one, creating some momentum in the visitor's dugout in the process.
As was the case earlier in the game, Pepperdine would shift the momentum towards their dugout once again thanks to their two-run effort in the bottom of the eighth.
Northridge was able to score another two runs in the ninth thanks to a single up the middle by pinch-hitter Chris Allen, a double to right field by Muren, a sacrifice fly by Pineda, and a wild pitch thrown by Pepperdine closer Cory Jones.
After being chewed out by his pitching coach, Jones regained his composure and earned the final out of the game, completing the sweep of the day's doubleheader.
CSUN's three-game road trip will conclude this Friday afternoon at Cal State Bakersfield, first pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Matadors 000 000 110 - 2 7 0
Pepperdine 002 010 00x - 3 6 1
Win - Dickmann (5-2) Loss - Wilyman (1-3) Save - Cook (1)
T - 2:43 A - 266
Matadors 003 010 102 - 7 9 1
Pepperdine 601 210 02x - 12 15 1
Win - Gates (2-5) Loss - Tremlin (5-3) Save - None
T - 3:17 A - N/A