Matadors Rally to Earn Split at Santa Clara Bronco Invitational

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's softball team (5-9) defeated Santa Clara 7-3 and lost 5-0 to San Jose State in its first day at the Santa Clara Broncos Invitational. Down 2-0 entering the top of the sixth, the Matadors scored six runs in the sixth and added another in the seventh to complete the comeback victory over the host Broncos.

The rally started with a leadoff single by Sydney House, who was then pinch ran for by Mia Pagano. She moved to second on a sac bunt by Tanna Bindi and advanced to third on a groundout. With two outs, Maylynn Mitchell brought Pagano home with an RBI single up the middle.

CSUN continued to create damage with two outs in the frame as the next batter, Madalyne Handy, reached on a fielding error that send Mitchell all the way to third. Abby Linnthen delivered an infield single that scored Mitchell to tie the game.

Linn then stole second and Handy came around to score on an RBI single by Korinne Randazzo. Crystal Maas drew a walk to load the bases and Mikayla Thielges emptied them with a 3-run double to left field.

Northridge tacked on an extra run in the top of the seventh. With one out, Leann Lopezand Mitchell recorded back-to-back singles and then moved into scoring position on a sac bunt by Handy. Linn then reached on an error by the shortstop to allow Lopez to come in for the Matadors' final run.

After scoring a run in the first and third, Shelly Tait(3-2) kept the Broncos' offense off the ledger until they added an inconsequential run in the seventh. She finished with four strikeouts and two earned runs in six innings of work. Pagano replaced her in the seventh and finished the game with a relatively quiet inning.

Mitchell and Handy each had two hits and seven different Matadors scored in the victory. Bindi had two sac bunts in the contest and Linn stole her third base of the season.

San Jose Recap

The Matadors lost 5-0 to San Jose State in their first game Friday. Walks hurt Northridge throughout the contest, as the Spartans scored three runs in the first after a two-out walk loaded the bases.

The Spartans added two more runs in their half of the fifth to conclude the game's scoring. In all, SJSU drew six walks against CSUN's Crystal Maas (1-1) and all five runs were earned. Otherwise, Maas allowed only four hits and had four K's in six innings of work.

Offensively, Northridge managed just three hits and two walks in the loss.

The Matadors resume action Saturday, Feb. 23 with a pair of games. First, Northridge will square off with Idaho State at 9 a.m., followed by an 11:15 a.m. contest with Fresno State.