April 30, 2011

Matadors Lose to Aggies 6-0 in Second Game of Weekend Series

April 30, 2011

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. -

Despite recording eight hits at Dobbins Stadium, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (18-24, 1-10 Big West) were shutout 6-0 by the UC Davis Aggies (11-25, 5-6 Big West) on Saturday afternoon. The Matadors were kept off of the scoreboard for the the fourth time this season and the first since losing 10-0 at San Diego State on March 29.

Senior outfielder Ridge Carpenter was given the day off for the first time this season, leaving Northridge with a new-look lineup that saw Adam Barry in the leadoff spot. The Matadors were able to get hits on the day but had trouble bringing runners around to score as 10 were stranded over the course of the game.

The Aggies scored in the bottom of the first inning for the second straight game against the Matadors, who are now 1-10 all-time at UC Davis. After the first two Davis hitters singled to open the home half of the first, Northridge starter Paul Tremlin (2-4) stuck out the third hitter looking. Tremlin could not immediately replicate that result, however, as the next hitter doubled into the left center field gap to score both runners.

With a runner on second and one out, Tremlin recorded his second strikeout and fielded a comebacker to get out of the inning, but not before UC Davis had a 2-0 lead.

The Matadors showed signs of an early rally in the top of the second inning as designated hitter Steven Keller doubled to lead off the inning. The next three Northridge hitters were set down in order and Keller was left at second as the Matadors could not cash in on the runner in scoring position.

Northridge had another opportunity to push across their first run in the top of the third as Kyle Attl walked and shortstop TS Reed singled to center field. Adam Barry could not lay down a sacrifice bunt, leaving the Matadors with runners on first and second and one out.

On the second pitch of his at-bat, Andrew Muren hit a hard ground ball to the left side. The ball got past the third baseman and was scooped by the shortstop but all of the runners were safe as Muren's infield single loaded the bases. The Matadors could not score a run in the frame as a foul out to the catcher behind the plate and a soft line drive to second base retired the side.

UC Davis extended its lead to 3-0 with one run in the bottom of the fourth. Back-to-back one-out singles set the stage and a two-out single up the middle scored a runner from second before Tremlin was relieved by Vincent Roberts. Roberts was able to get out of the inning without further incident as he fielded a grounder back up the middle and threw the runner out at first.

The Aggies scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth on back-to-back home runs by Eric Johnson and Scott Kalush. The home runs came on consecutive pitches from Roberts and gave UC Davis a 5-0 lead. Justin Andrade hit a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the eighth to put the final margin at 6-0.

Muren finished the day 2-for-4 for the Matadors, Keller went 3-for-4 with a double and freshman Miles Williams had a hit in his fourth start of the season.

Tremlin pitched 3.2 innings and allowed three runs for his fourth loss of the campaign. By going 0-for-4, Barry saw his conference-high 15 game hitting streak come to an end.

The series finale with the Aggies will take place on Sunday, May 1 at Dobbins Stadium. The game will feature Carlos Gonzalez, Jr. for the Matadors deuling against UC Davis' Dayne Quist on the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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