May 21, 2011
LONG BEACH, Calif. -
Ridge Carpenter's four hits were not enough to score runs for the Matadors as Cal State Northridge (22-30, 5-15 Big West) lost 2-0 to the Long Beach State Dirtbags (26-26, 9-11 Big West) on Saturday afternoon at Blair Field.
After taking the first game of the series by a score of 2-0 on Friday night, the Matadors could not find a way to score despite collecting eight hits, leaving eight runners on base.
The only two runs in the game came early for Long Beach State, as the Dirtbags scored twice in the bottom of the second. After Matador starter Paul Tremlin (2-6) retired the side in order in the first inning, Long Beach got four consecutive hits to open up the second and scored two runs.
Matt Duffy led off with a single and Juan Avila's double to left advanced him to third. Duffy scored on a Jeff Yamaguchi single to left field and Avila came around on a Brennan Fulkerson single to right. The two runs held up as the Matadors were shut down the rest of the way.
After Carpenter hit an infield single to open the game, another Matador did not reach base until Carpenter singled again to lead off the fourth inning. In the fourth, he advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Tommy Simis and moved up to third on an infield single by Andrew Muren. Steven Keller drew a walk after a seven-pitch at-bat but Marty Bowen grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Northridge had another opportunity to score in the top of the fifth inning as Matthew Moreno singled up the middle and TS Reed walked with two outs. Following a pitching change for Long Beach State, Carpenter hit the first pitch into right field for his third single but miscommunication on the base paths led to Moreno being tagged out at home after he was caught in a rundown trying to return to third base for the third out.
The Dirtbags could have piled on more runs in the middle innings were it not for Tremlin keeping composure to get important outs. With runners on second and third and two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Tremlin was able to record a swinging strikeout following an 11-pitch at-bat to keep the deficit at two.
In the top of the eighth, Carpenter doubled to right field with one out to finish the game a perfect 4-for-4 and Simis was hit by a pitch. Although they had runners on first and second with less than two outs, the Matadors could not move them up as the next two hitters flew out to end the inning.
Adam Barry hit a one-out double to left field in the top of the ninth but the final two batters were set down and the game was over.
The rubber-match of the series is scheduled for Sunday, May 22 at 1 p.m. at Blair Field. Carlos Gonzalez, Jr. is the probable starter for the Matadors.
With his four hits, Ridge Carpenter had his first four-hit game of the season, and leads the team with 18 multi-hit games. Both Miles Williams and Adam Barry extended their hit streaks to five games in Saturday's loss.