April 23, 2010

Matadors Win First Game of Their Weekend Series at Pacific, 8-1

April 23, 2010

Box Score

STOCKTON, Calif. - Eight runs scored by Cal State Northridge (21-15, 2-4 BWC) over a five-inning stretch was more than enough offense for Matador starting pitcher Ryan Juarez as the right-hander earned his second win of the season in CSUN's 8-1 victory over the Pacific Tigers (22-14, 5-5 BWC).

Juarez went the full nine innings Friday evening to record the first Northridge complete game since completing the feat last season in the first game of CSUN's weekend series at Long Beach State.

Five different Matador batters drove in a run against Pacific starter Marcus Pointer, led by centerfielder Nate Ring and his three RBI's, providing their starter with all the offense needed to win the first game of the series.

After two scoreless innings, shortstop TS Reed led off the third inning with a single, and wasted no time in stealing second base to put himself in scoring position to create the first CSUN scoring opportunity of the game.

Second baseman Ryan Pineda then executed a textbook sacrifice bunt to advance Reed another 90 feet before scoring the first run of the game on Drew Muren's groundout to the shortstop.

That 1-0 lead would double in the top of the fifth, another Matador scoring opportunity that began with a lead-off hit.

Catcher Dominic Piazza began the frame with a double down the line in right field, advancing to third base just one pitch later when Reed successfully sacrificed himself on a bunt that was fielded by Pacific third baseman Mike Walker. By making the play on Reed, Piazza was able to advance easily to the now-vacated base.

Piazza would score from third base when Pineda, the next Matador batter, turned on a pitch from Pointer and lined a shot through the left side of the infield to reach base, and drive in the second CSUN run of the day.

With one run already scored in the inning, and Pineda on first base, Northridge continued to be aggressive at the plate as Muren hit a line drive to left-centerfield, on what was originally supposed to be a Pacific pitch-out, enabling Pineda to advance from first to third on the play. Unfortunately for the designated hitter, Pacific left-fielder Matt Carvutto made a quick play on the ball and was able to record the second out of the inning as his throw narrowly beat the Muren to second.

With two outs in the inning, third baseman Justin DeMarco and first baseman Dominic D'Anna each drew a walk, on four and five pitches respectively, to load the bases for Northridge, extending the inning in the process.

Centerfielder Nate wasted no time in adding to the Matador lead as he swung on the first pitch thrown his way, and redirected it through the middle of the diamond into centerfield to score Pineda and DeMarco.

After Ridge Carpenter led-off the sixth inning with his first triple of the season, Piazza then drove in his first run of the game on a single through the right side of the infield to add another run to CSUN's ever-expanding lead that now stood at 5-0.

Another three Matador runs would cross the plate in the seventh inning before Pacific head coach Ed Sprague decided to pull his starter in an attempt to silence the red-hot Matador bats.

In the seventh, the Northridge scored an additional three runs on two singles and a double, a scoring opportunity that began when DeMarco was hit by a pitch. Back-to-back singles by D'Anna and Ring enabled DeMarco to score from second base, with each touching home plate moments later on Carpenter's double to left field.

Ring earned his third RBI of the game on his single through the middle of the infield, with Carpenter driving in two runs on his sixth double of the season.

Going into Friday's game, Pointer entered the game with a 6-1 record, allowing only 27 earned runs in his nine previous appearances combined. In Friday's game alone, the Matadors were able to score eight runs in the first seven innings, all earned, giving Pointer his second loss of the season.

Pacific would score once in the bottom of the eighth, the lone blemish on what was otherwise a spectacular performance on the mound by Juarez.

Earning his second victory of the season, Juarez threw a total of 112 pitches, striking out five Pacific batters throughout the game.

The weekend series between Northridge and the Pacific will continue Saturday afternoon when Matador right-hander Paul Tremlin (5-4, 5.80) faces Tiger left-hander David Rowse (6-0, 5.97) in a 2 p.m. matinee game. A victory over the host Tigers will give CSUN their second series victory in as many weeks; Saturday's contest will be available on GameTracker and internet radio on www.GoMatadors.com.

Matadors   001 031 300 - 8 12 0

Pacific       000 000 010 - 1 7 1

Win - Juarez (2-3)   Loss - Pointer (6-2)    Save - None

T - 2:32   A - 386

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