May 10, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
Three first-inning runs would not be enough as the Cal State Northridge Matadors (20-27) allowed three late runs and dropped a 6-5 decision to the San Diego State University Aztecs (17-32) in a non-conference game on Tuesday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
After losing 10-0 in their last meeting in San Diego at the end of March, the Matadors came out of the gates strong this time around. Three straight hits to open the game scored the first run of the game for Northridge with no outs. The Matadors only managed three total hits over the course of the shutout loss last time out.
Ridge Carpenter singled to center field, Andrew Muren got a hit and Steven Keller drove in Carpenter from second for the games first tally. With two outs and runners on second and third, third baseman Tommy Simis singled to center field to put the Matadors ahead 3-0 after the first half-inning.
Northridge added a run in the top of the second after both Kyle Attl and TS Reed singled to open the inning. A sacrifice bunt by Carpenter advanced the pair a base and Muren's groundout to the right side scored Attl from third. After two innings of play, the Matadors held a 4-0 advantage.
The Aztecs were able to answer in the bottom of the third inning, however, with three runs of their own. After a one-out triple, the first SDSU run came across on a throwing error by Attl. Attl was replaced by Matthew Telesco after cutting his finger on the play. Matador starter Justen Gorski was able to pick off a runner at second in the inning before allowing a two-run home run to Jomel Torres that cut the lead to 4-3.
The Matadors extended their lead to two runs at 5-3 in the top of the fifth inning after Muren walked and stole second with one out. With two outs, Marty Bowen singled to center field to score the run.
San Diego State, however, was able to respond and tie the game at five apiece by scoring twice in the home half of the seventh inning. A two-out single by Brandon Meredith scored a runner from second before relief pitcher Ryan Juarez walked Torres to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed the tying run to score.
Then, in the bottom of the eighth, the Aztecs threatened to take the lead with one out. Back-to-back singles put SDSU runners at first and third and Joshua Goossen-Brown was brought in from his first base position to pitch. Goossen-Brown was able to strike out the next two hitters in a row to end the inning without allowing the runner to score from third.
San Diego State would not be discouraged, as they rallied to score the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. After the first two batters were retired, the next two reached on fielding errors. A single to left field loaded the bases before the final hitter of the game was hit by a pitch to end the game.
Muren finished the night 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, Simis went 2-for-4 with two RBI and TS Reed had two hits for Cal State Northridge. Goossen-Brown (4-2) allowed one unearned run and was saddled with the loss.
The Matadors return to Big West Conference action this weekend with a three-game series against UC Riverside at Matador Field. The first game is scheduled for Friday, May 13 at 3 p.m.