NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (11-17) split its doubleheader with Northern Illinois, winning 3-2 in game one before falling in game two 2-1. Mia Pagano tossed another complete game victory in the circle and the Matadors rallied for a seventh-inning victory over the Huskies.
Game One Recap
CSUN strung together a two-run seventh inning to defeat the Huskies in the first game of the day. Korinne Randazzo was hit by a pitch to start the inning and then moved to second on a bunt single by Abby Linn.
The next batter, Mikayla Thielges, then dropped down a sac bunt that was thrown into left field and allowed Randazzo to score and tie the game. After a walk loaded the bases, Jennifer Tylerdrove home the winning run with a sac fly to center field.
That helped back up another strong performance from Pagano (6-5) in the circle. She worked around seven hits, allowed one earned run and fanned five.
Randazzo scored two runs in the contest, including one on a wild pitch in the fifth, and had two stolen bases for the second-straight game. The RBI was the first of Tyler's Matador career.
Game Two Recap
The Matadors struck first in the second game, getting an RBI groundout from Tanna Bindi in the second. CSUN had runners on second and third with no outs, but could only squeeze the one run across in the frame.
That would come back to bite Northridge as the Huskies scored twice off Matador starter Brianna Elder (0-2) in the top of the fourth inning. She went 3.1 innings of work and allowed seven hits with two K's.
CSUN had chances in the fifth and sixth inning to tie the game, but a Matador got caught stealing in one of the frames and picked off in the other.
The Matadors return to action with two games on Saturday, Mar. 16. CSUN will face Seattle and LMU at Matador Diamond on both Saturday and Sunday.