Northridge Softball Downs Seattle to Earn Saturday Split
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (12-18) lost 4-0 to LMU and defeated Seattle 10-2 in six innings Saturday in a pair of non-conference contests at Matador Diamond. After suffering a tough 4-0 defeat to the Lions, the Matadors pounded out a season-high 10 runs and 13 hits in defeating the Redhawks.
Northridge defeated Seattle 10-2 in six innings, pounding out a season-high 13 hits that included four doubles and a home run. Korinne Randazzo went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate to set a career high and added a double, three runs scored and an RBI.
Not far off was fellow senior Mikayla Thielges, who finished 3-for-4 and tied a career high with four RBIs. She blasted her sixth home run of the season and also scored two runs in the victory. A third senior, Mia Pagano, had two doubles, a sac bunt and a run scored as well.
Madalyne Handy, making a start in right field, had a career-high two hits, two runs and two RBIs against the Redhawks. Fellow rookie Maylynn Mitchell added a 2-for-3 performance with two RBIs, a double and a run scored.
After Seattle scored a run in the top of the third inning, CSUN answered with two in the bottom half of the frame to take the lead for good. Handy had an RBI groundout that scored Tiffini Lucero and Thielges added a two-out RBI single to plate Randazzo.
The Matadors broke the game open in the fifth inning. Pagano doubled to start the inning and moved to third on a single by Randazzo. After a groundout that cut Pagano down at the plate, Thielges delivered an RBI single and Mitchell mashed a two-out, two-run double.
Northridge scored five runs in the sixth inning to end the game early. Pagano once again started the frame with a double and scored on an RBI double by Randazzo. Handy singled through the right side to score her and Thielges blasted a shot over the left-field fence to give her 25 for her career, the sixth-most in school history. The fifth and winning run came around to score on an illegal pitch.
All the offense was more than enough to support CSUN starter Shelly Tait(5-6). She tossed four innings with three hits and one unearned run. Tait also had two strikeouts.
Brianna Elder tossed two innings of relief work, giving up three hits and a run with two K's.
CSUN lost 4-0 to Loyola Marymount University in its first game Saturday morning. Lions' starter Sydney Gouveia finished with 17 strikeouts as the Matadors could not solve the freshman.
Northridge managed one hit, a bunt single by Korinne Randazzo in the bottom of the sixth, to spoil Gouveia's no-hit attempt. She fanned three batters in the first, third and sixth inning and had two in every other frame.
LMU scored once in the first, twice in fourth and once in the sixth inning to take the victory. CSUN starter Mia Pagano (6-6) went 3.2 innings with six hits, three earned runs and two walks. Alexa Limon tossed 3.1 innings of relief, allowing one run and striking out three.
The Matadors return to action with a pair of games on Mar. 17. CSUN faces Seattle at noon and LMU at 2:30 p.m. with both games held at Matador Diamond. The Lions and Redhawks will also play a game starting at 9:30 a.m.