April 30, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge (19-22) defeated UNLV (19-25) Wednesday behind a blend of timely hitting and effective pitching. Drew Muren, Bryce Schoening, and Edwin Quirarte teamed up to lead the Matadors to a 5-3 victory.
Muren matched his season-long start by going six innings and also collected season-high five strikeouts. The freshman surrendered just one run for the outing, a first-inning score that came after a walk and a bloop single. Muren went on to toss five shutout frames before handing off to Schoening.
On the offensive side of the ledger, Muren was also key. The pitcher helped his cause with a two-out RBI single that gave Northridge its first lead of the game in the fourth. In the fifth, Justin DeMarco was awarded home on a balk call and Richard Cates bounced into an RBI fielder's choice to give the Matadors a 4-1 advantage.
Rebel starter Matt Hutchison took the loss despite retiring the first seven men he faced. He didn't allow a hit until the fourth, when he had two outs in the inning before surrendering the pair of runs.
Things got dicey in the eighth. After working out of a jam in the seventh, Schoening loaded the bases after getting the first two men in the eighth. Quirarte came on and gave up a two-run single that brought the Rebels within one, but got Jerred Frierson on a groundout to end the inning.
Quirarte slammed the door in the ninth, setting the Rebels down in order to pick up his sixth save of the year.
No Northridge players managed more than one hits, and only three went hitless. John Parham saw his 11-game hit streak come to an end, while Cates extended his streak to seven. Muren and TS Reed each have six-gamers.
Northridge picks up their series with UNLV next week in Las Vegas, but before that hosts UC Irvine for a Big West weekend set.
First pitch Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m. from Matador Field.