April 8, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Fresh off of their first night victory at UNLV in over four years, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (15-15) could not repeat the performance against the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (21-7), dropping the first game of the series 15-5 at Matador Field.
Things got out of reach for the Matadors early in the game as the Roadrunners were able to put across five runs in the first inning thanks in part to a three-run homerun. After adding another run in the second, Bakersfield held a 6-0 lead over Northridge.
The Matadors cut into the deficit in the bottom half of the second inning with two outs to bring the game within four runs. With two outs in the inning, centerfielder Andrew Muren singled up the middle for the Matadors' first hit of the game. The next batter, sophomore third baseman Tommy Simis, drove a pitch over the left field wall for a two-run homerun, his second of the season.
Bakersfield responded in the next half inning by matching the production of the Matadors and adding on two more, extending the lead to 10-2. In the inning, two runners scored on bases-loaded walks and another via a sacrifice fly with one out.
Northridge pushed across its third run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning after designated hitter Marty Bowen reached first on a throwing error with one out. Adam Barry singled Bowen to second and Muren grounded out to advance the runners to second and third. With two out, Bowen scored on a wild pitch by the Roadrunners' starting pitcher Mike McCarthy.
Leading 10-4, Bakersfield piled on more runs in the top of the seventh, as four runs came around to score before an out was recorded. A fifth run scored on a groundout to shortstop Kyle Attl for the first out.
Northridge would go on to add two more runs in the bottom of the eighth as pinch-hitters Chris Allen and Miles Williams reached base on a hit-by-pitch and double, respectively. Senior Justin De Marco singled down the left field line to plate both runs and put the game at the final margin of 15-5.
Matador starter Justen Gorski (3-4) pitched 2.0 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits. Junior Chris DeBoo pitched 4.0 scoreless innings for Northridge, striking out one. Simis finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBI and the homerun as the only Matador with more than one hit. De Marco ended the day at 1-for-4 with two RBI.
The series will continue in Bakersfield tomorrow evening, as the Matadors and Roadrunners will head north for game two at 6 p.m. The series finale is scheduled to be played at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Bakersfield. Click on the "Listen Live" link on the homepage of GoMatadors.com 15 minutes before the scheduled start time for a preview of the game and full play-by-play coverage of the rest of this weekend's action.