February 29, 2008

Warr Smacks First Career Homer, Northridge Down In the Eighth

Feb. 26, 2008

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Freshman Matt Warr logged his first career home run Sunday, but the feat was overshadowed by an even more impressive display by the visiting UCLA Bruins. The two sides battled darkness all afternoon, and through seven and a half, the Bruins were getting the better of the Matadors, 22-2.

For now, the game is scheduled to be completed prior to the return game at UCLA, which is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15th at 6 p.m. That game was originally scheduled for 2 p.m. at Northridge, but today's circumstances called for a shift in that contest, as well.

The Bruins scored in each inning and spread their scoring output evenly: they did not send more than nine batters to the dish in any one inning. They scored five in the third and notched four in three other frames. Matt Drummond tossed five innings and was impressive, despite three walks and three hit batters. The Matadors managed just three hits off of the Bruin starter. Charles Brewer was lights out in relief, retiring the six batters he faced.

For Northridge, Justin DeMarco logged a hit in his fourth consecutive start, Jowen-James Murray-Thornton found some open real estate with a hit, and Warr had the big fly in the second. Matt Warr extended his current hit streak to three games, the longest thus far for the Matadors. Murray-Thornton started a run of his own at two games with a knock.

On the hill, several freshmen went through growing pains against one of the nation's top offenses. Drew Muren started the game, and after surviving a one-run first, he let in four in the second. Three freshmen came on in successive relief: lefty Taylor Austin in his second appearance of '08, southpaw Pete Mendez in his Northridge debut, and right-hander Ryan Juarez, also seeing his first action in a Northridge uni. Billy Ott and Mark Haderlein were the next men out of the bullpen, but neither was able to truly stem the tide.

Haderlein tossed the top of the eighth and allowed just one run, but his line may be erased if the game is finalized.

The Matadors host La Salle Friday in the first of a four game set at Matador Field. The match-up opens the book on the series between the two schools, and it will be Jimmy Jolicoeur looking to rebound and earn his first start of 2008. Jolicoeur is slated to deliver his first pitch at 2 p.m.

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