May 22, 2009
DAVIS, Calif. - Two early runs and a timely pickoff helped the Cal State Northridge Matadors (24-30, 7-15 BWC) secure a 4-3 victory over the UC Davis Aggies (11-42, 3-19 BWC) Friday afternoon. Matador RHP Ryan Juarez picked up his seventh victory of the season, tying him with Paul Tremlin for the most wins on the CSUN pitching staff this season.
The Matadors led from start to finish as they were able to score two runs to take an early 2-0 lead after CSUN's half of the first inning.
After both Jeff Pruitt and Richard Cates drew a walk, both Matador runners advanced a base on a Justin DeMarco groundout to second base. John Parham lined a shot to Aggie third baseman Ty Kelley for what looked to be the third out of his inning.
However, Aggie first baseman Grant Hirneise could not corral the errant throw from Kelley, allowing Parham to reach base and both Pruitt and Cates to score easily.
The Matadors would tack on another run the very next inning when designated hitter Brian Slover initially reached base after being hit by a pitch. Slover would then make his way around the diamond, eventually scoring on C.J. Belanger's single to right field to extend the Matador lead to a 3-0 margin.
UC Davis would respond with a run of their own in the bottom half of the second inning, and score once again in the bottom of the sixth to whittle the Matador lead to 3-2.
The score would remain that way until the top of the eighth when Ryan Pineda singled in Cates for the eventual game-winning run after Cates drew a walk, advanced to second when Parham walked, and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Davis would respond once again with a run of their own in the bottom half of the same inning to bring the score to 4-3, but that would be as close as the Aggies would get as the Matadors would secure their twenty-fourth victory an inning later when Slover induced a ground ball to second base to end the game.
UC Davis did put a scare into the Matadors dugout when the Aggies were able to take first base after being hit by a pitch, only to see pinch-runner Joseph Meidros place himself in scoring position on second base when teammate Scott Heylman successfully sacrificed himself to advance the runner ninety feet.
But Slover would soon deliver a collective punch to the gut of the Aggies when he successfully picked-off Meidros on second base, the second Matador pickoff earned in the game, before forcing Meidros to groundout on the very next pitch.
Both teams would return to Dobbins Stadium on the campus of UC Davis Saturday afternoon as they face one another in game two of the weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Matador baseball fans can follow all the action online at www.GoMatadors.com by listening to the radio broadcast of the game with "Big Tom" Hutchison and Eric Bankston on the microphone or via GameTracker.
Matadors 210 000 010 - 4 6 1
UC Davis 010 001 010 - 3 8 1
Win - Juarez (7-5) Loss - (0-5) Save - Slover (9)
T - 2:58 A - 175