February 11, 2012

CSUN Drops a Pair in Second Day at Kajikawa Classic

TEMPE, Ariz. --- The Cal State Northridge softball team (0-4) lost twice Saturday at the Kajikawa Classic. The Matadors took an early lead before ultimately falling 10-2 in six innings to No. 20 Nebraska. In the second game, Northridge fell behind early and lost 9-0 in five innings to Western Michigan.

Senior Alyssa Ray had a nice day at the plate for CSUN, collecting the first three hits of her Matador career. She had a ground-rule double in both games Saturday. Jaci Carlsen also had two hits and an RBI on the day.

Northridge jumped out to an early lead over the 20th-ranked Huskers. Randazzo started the first with a four-pitch walk and then quickly stole second. After Samantha Sloniker reached on a fielding error to move Randazzo to third, Carlsen punched a single through the left side to plate Randazzo.

However, Nebraska wasted little time getting the run back and then some in the bottom of the first. The Huskers got an RBI single and then a three-run home run off CSUN starter Alexa Limon to reclaim the lead.

The Huskers added an RBI double in the second to chase Limon, who was replaced by Mia Pagano. She promptly gave up a two-run single and Nebraska increased its lead to 7-1. The Huskers added a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth.

CSUN got a run back in the sixth inning. Carlsen reached on a walk and moved to second on a single by Madeline Sale. Alyssa Ray then plated Carlsen with her first career hit as a Matador, a ground-rule double to left-center.

Unfortunately, Nebraska scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game. Limon took the loss for CSUN, going 1.2 innings and allowing six hits, seven earned runs and four walks while striking out one. 

In the second game of the day, Western Michigan struck early and often and never looked back. The Broncos homered on the first pitch of the game off CSUN starter Crysal Maas and wound up scoring eight runs as 14 Broncos batted in the first inning.

Ray had two of the three Matador hits in the game, including her second ground-rule double of the game. Carlsen had the other CSUN hit.

Maas took the loss after allowing two hits, four earned runs and one walk. Mia Pagano tossed five innings of relief work for CSUN in the defeat. 

Northridge closes out its time at the Kajikawa Classic Sunday morning when it faces No. 8 Arizona. First pitch between the Matadors and Wildcats is slated for 11 a.m. (MT). Next week, CSUN heads to Las Vegas to participate in the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic.