Matadors Four-Run Eighth is the Difference in 12-8 Win Over Cal Poly
April 17, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge Matadors (20-14, 2-3 BWC) delivered a 12-8 win over the Cal Poly Mustangs (9-23, 2-6 BWC) Saturday afternoon at Matador Field, as they scored three or more runs in three different innings, highlighted by a four run eighth that broke open a tie game at 8-8.
TS Reed led off the home half of the eighth inning with a single to left field and would quickly find himself on second base moments later on a wild pitch. Now with the potential go-ahead runner in scoring position, Ryan Pineda took advantage of the situation by singling up the middle to drive in Reed, giving CSUN a 9-8 lead.
Northridge later loaded the bases with two outs, as Justin DeMarco was hit by a pitch and Brad Decater reached on an intentional walk. With the bases full of Matadors, C.J. Belanger delivered the huge blow to the Mustangs by pulling the ball down the right field line that made it all the way to the fence, giving him enough time to reach third base and clear the bases in the process, putting Northridge ahead 12-8.
In the ninth, Jimmy Jolicoeur (4-0) retired the side in order to secure CSUN's fourth consecutive win.
Earlier in the game, the Matadors erased an early 1-0 Cal Poly lead by scoring three runs in the third inning. Much like in the eighth inning, CSUN came through with a big hit with the bases loaded, this time off the bat of DeMarco who hit a single that scored two runs. Decater brought in the third run with a RBI single with two outs.
After the Mustangs inched a run closer in the fourth, the Matadors tacked on four more runs over the next two innings.
Pineda brought home Nate Ring in the bottom of fourth with a single to center field, giving CSUN a 4-2 lead.
An inning later the Matadors put three more on the board. DeMarco led off frame by walking. Dominic D'Anna followed and hit a dribbler to second base that Mustang infielder Matt Jensen caught and attempted to turn it into a double play. Instead his throw to second went off line into left-center field. The errant throw gave DeMarco enough time to round third and head home and D'Anna to reach second base.
Next, Decater stepped to the plate and drove in D'Anna from second base. Moments later, Decater stole second and eventually made it to third base on a wild pitch. The junior's heads up base running paid off as he later scored on a double play off the bat of Belanger.
Down 7-2, the Mustangs were able to rally and tie the score at 7-7 by scoring three in the sixth and two more in the seventh inning.
CSUN though would answer right back by going ahead 8-7 in the bottom of the seventh, as Ring roped a RBI double to left-center field that scored Decater from second base.
Cal Poly rallied to tie the game again in the eighth by scratching another run on the board, before the Matadors finally put the game out of reach with a four-run eighth inning.
On the afternoon, five different Matadors had two or more RBI's, as Belanger led the way with three, followed by Pineda, DeMarco, Decater and Ring who each had two RBI's apiece.
The Matadors will conclude their three-game series with the Mustangs Sunday afternoon at Matador Field with first pitch slated for a 1:00 p.m. start time.
Cal Poly 100 103 210 - 8 10 2
Matadors 003 130 14X - 12 12 3
Win- Jolicoeur (4-0) Loss- Reed (0-4) Save- None
T- 3:05 A- 255