Northridge Drops Doubleheader with Fresno State

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge softball team (1-6) lost 3-2 and 8-2 to Fresno State Wednesday night in a doubleheader at Bulldog Stadium. In game one, all five runs were scored in the first run and Brianna Eldertossed 5+ innings of hitless softball but CSUN could not produce a tying run. Game two saw the Bulldogs strike in the middle frames to take the two wins.

The Matadors jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead to start Wednesday's festivities. Mia Pagano and Abby Linn collected singles and then executed a double steal to place themselves at second and third. Mikayla Thielges then delivered an RBI single and Sydney House added and RBI double.

However, in their half of the frame, the Bulldogs tagged three runs and four hits on CSUN starter Shelly Tait (1-2). She gave way to Elder, who did not allow a hit for the rest of the contest and surrendered only two walks.

Northridge had its chances to even the game, but cost itself by grounding into three double plays. Still, CSUN out-hit the host Bulldogs 9-4 for the contest and Pagano and House each had two base hits.

In game two, the Bulldogs scored two runs off CSUN starter Jennifer Tyler and then added three more runs in the bottom of the third to take 5-0 lead.

With one out in the fourth, Thielges doubled to left center and then moved to third on a wild pitch. House then picked up her second RBI of the day with a sac fly.

Fresno State scored three more in their half of the fourth to go up 8-1. Mia Pagano became the fourth pitcher for the Matador during this inning and she closed the door on any further Bulldog runs for the final 2.2 innings of play.

In their final at-bats, CSUN scored the final run of the game. Thielges started the frame with a walk and then House and Tiffini Lucero were hit by pitches. With the bases loaded, Crystal Maasbrought Thielges home for her second run of the game on a sac fly.

The Matadors will look to rebuond this weekend at the Stanford Nike Invitational. In Palo Alto, Calif., the Matadors will face the host No. 20 Cardinal and CSU Bakersfield twice and square off with Santa Clara once.