Northridge Loses to Boise State, No. 8 Texas at Cathedral City Classic

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge softball team (0-12) lost twice Thursday at the 2012 Cathedral City Classic In the first game, CSUN held an early lead and was tied 3-3 headed into the seventh before Boise State pushed two runs across on a home run to take a 5-3 victory. In the nightcap, the Matadors lost their fifth game of the young season to a ranked opponent, falling 4-0 to the eighth-ranked Texas Longhorns. 

Against the Broncos, Northridge jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after two innings. With two outs, Tanna Bindi drew a walk and then moved to second on a wild pitch. After Alyssa Ray was hit by a pitch, Bindi came around to score on an RBI single by Samantha Sloniker

However, Boise State struck for three runs in the top of the fifth off CSUN starter Mia Pagano. It could have been worse, but the Matadors turned some slick plays in the field, including an out at the plate.

Northridge would tie the game on Mikayla Thielges' fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot that came in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Madeline Sale reached on an error and Thielges brought her home with the 16th home run of her career. 

However, the seventh proved costly for Northridge as Boise State connected on a two-run home run of its own to claim the 5-3 victory. In their half of the seventh, Sloniker started things with a double but was left on base when the final out was recorded.

Pagano took the loss for CSUN, tossing a complete game and surrendering nine hits and five earned runs with four strikeouts. 

In the nightcap, CSUN fell behind early and nearly came all the way back. The Matador loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh. However, the next two batters struck out and Texas picked off the runner on first to end the game. 

The Longhorns scored three runs in the fourth and added another in the fifth to cap the game's scoring. Sloniker had CSUN's only hit of the contest.

Pagano tossed another complete game in defeat for Northridge. She allowed nine hits, four earned runs and two walks. 

Northridge returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 25 with a game against Iowa at 5 p.m. Northridge closes out its time at the tournament Sunday, Feb. 26 with games against No. 1 California and San Diego State. 

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