May 22, 2011
LONG BEACH, Calif. -
The Matadors scored three late runs to take a lead but eventually fell in extras as Cal State Northridge (22-31, 5-16 Big West) was defeated by the Long Beach State Dirtbags (27-26, 10-11 Big West) by a score of 4-3 in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon at Blair Field.
Northridge had opportunities to score first early in the game as catcher Marty Bowen singled in the second and advanced to third with one out, but the Matadors could not find the way to bring in the run.
Long Beach State opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning after Brennan Metzgar lead off with a double and Jeff McNeil doubled to left field with two outs to take a 1-0 lead.
Looking to tie the game in the top of the fourth, Andrew Muren led off the inning with his second hit of the game, a single to left field. Muren advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Steven Keller and stole third with one out. With two away, Tommy Simis walked and stole second base, but Miles Williams could not bring the runners around.
The Dirtbags added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth after Jeff Yamaguchi doubled to open the inning off of starting pitcher Carlos Gonzalez, Jr. Yamaguchi advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a squeeze play to put Long Beach State up 2-0.
The Matadors broke onto the scoreboard the following half-inning after Muren singled with one out. Bowen followed with an infield single to the shortstop to move the runner to second with two outs. Simis then singled to center field to score Muren. The runners advanced to second and third on a balk but were left stranded as Northridge trailed 2-1 going into the bottom of the sixth.
Northridge took the lead for the first time in the game in the top of the seventh inning after TS Reed walked with one out. Looking to find a way to advance the runner, Ridge Carpenter hit a triple to deep right center field and scored when the relay throw to third base went wide. Reed scored on the play and the Matadors went ahead 3-2.
Long Beach State tied the game in the bottom of the eighth when a one-out double came around to score on a sacrifice fly. The contest went to extra innings after relief pitcher Joshua Goossen-Brown struckout Kirk Singer with two outs and runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth.
The Matadors could not find momentum in the 10th and Long Beach State scored the winning run as a groundball was misplayed by Simis at shortstop with runners on second and third and two outs.
Goossen-Brown (4-3) took the loss despite allowing the unearned run. Carpenter finished the game 1-for-5 with an RBI and run scored, Muren was 3-for-4 with a run and Bowen had two hits in four at-bats.
The Matadors will host the Cal State Fullerton Titans on May 27-29 at Matador Field for the final three-game series of the season. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m.