May 18, 2008

Matadors Drop Rubber Game, 8-4 to Pacific

May 18, 2008

Box Score

Cal State Northridge (23-30, 7-14) dropped a Big West contest to Pacific Sunday 8-4, sending them to 7-14 in conference play. Jason Dabbs was 3-for-4 on the day and Ryan Pineda was 2-for-3 while reaching base in his first four plate appearances.

Pacific broke onto the scoreboard emphatically in the third when Ryan Juarez surrendered four straight hits to Tiger batters, peaking with a two-run double. Juarez was lifted in the inning in favor of Edwin Quirarte, who came on with the bases loaded. The junior escaped wiht minimal damage, but Pacific did collect four scores in the frame.

After trading blank frames through the fourth and fifth, Northridge finally dented the scoreboard in the sixth with runs coming around on a John Parham single and Richard Cates double play ball. Pacific answered in the bottom half when,after an error that woud have ended the frame, the Tigers' Brett Manning smashed his first homer of the year to put his team up four.

Pacific added two more in the seventh to swell its lead to six.

Northridge rebounded in the eighth with four hits and a pair of runs, but ultimately fell by an 8-4 margin.

Juarez took the loss for the Matadors and moves to 3-4 on the year.

Northridge returns to action Friday when they host the first of a three-game set against UC Davis at Matador Field. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.

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