Matadors Fall Twice on Opening Day at Kajikawa Classic

TEMPE, Ariz. --- The Cal State Northridge softball team (0-2) lost twice Friday at the Kajikawa Classic. In game one, Korinne Randazzo blasted a solo home run, but No. 9 Stanford posted 13-1 five-inning victory. In the nightcap, Mikayla Thielges connected on a two-run blast, but Syracuse posted a 10-2 six-inning victory.

All three runs the Matadors scored Friday were courtesy of the long ball. Against the Cardinal, Randazzo cleared the left field fence and smacked the scoreboard at ASU's Farrington Stadium. The home run was the second of her career.

However, Randazzo's deep fly would be the only run CSUN would score against the ninth-ranked Cardinal. Stanford scored five runs in the first, three in the third and fourth and two more in the fifth in winning the season opener for both teams. 

Junior Alexa Limon started the game for CSUN and lasted four innings. She gave up eight hits, seven earned runs and walked three while striking out three. Freshman Crystal Maas, who had a double for her first career hit, tossed the final inning and allowed three hits and two earned runs. 

In the nightcap, Northridge fell behind 2-0 on a first inning home run by Syracuse. However, CSUN would tie things up in the top of the fourth on Thielges' bomb to left-center. A year after hitting 12 home runs, Thielges picked up her first of the season and temporarily tied the game.

However, Syracuse responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, two in the bottom of the fifth and ended the contest with three more in the bottom of the sixth.

Mia Pagano made the start for Northridge and lasted four innings. She gave up seven hits, six earned runs and two walks while fanning three. Maas tossed 1.1 innings of relief and gave up five hits and four earned runs.

CSUN returns to action on Saturday with a pair of games. In the opening game, CSUN faces No. 20 Nebraska at 9 a.m. (MT), and then takes on Western Michigan at 11:30 a.m. (MT). The Matadors closer out their time at the tournament Sunday with a contest against No. 8 Arizona.