March 17, 2013

CSUN Softball Posts St. Patrick's Day Wins over Seattle, LMU

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge softball team (14-18) defeated Seattle 6-3 and LMU 3-1 Sunday afternoon in a pair of non-conference contests at Matador Diamond. Senior pitchers Mia Pagano and Shelly Tait each tossed complete game victories and the Matador offense provided enough punch to propel them over the Redhawks and Lions.

Seattle Recap

The Matadors scored five runs over the first and second inning to post a 6-3 win over Seattle, their second against the Redhawks this weekend.

Korinne Ranadazzo went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, a stolen base and a double. Mikayla Thielges also went 2-for-3 against the Redhawks. She added an RBI and a walk to her total.

Madalyne Handy and Sydney House each had an RBI and a run scored for CSUN. Abby Linnadded an RBI sac fly and Tanna Bindi had an RBI base hit.

Pagano (7-6) went the full seven innings and allowed five hits, two earned runs and two walks. She finished with four strikeouts.

In the bottom of the first, Randazzo led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. She scored on an RBI double by House and Thielges came in to score on an RBI single by Bindi. House scored the frame's final run on a Linn's fly ball to center.

In the bottom of the second, Randazzo started the inning with a double and scored on an RBI single by Handy. After she moved to second due to an error on the left fielder during her base hit, Handy scored on an error by the LMU shortstop.

The Redhawks scored twice in the third and added a third run in the sixth. However, the Matadors answered with a run in their half of the sixth. Thielges delivered an RBI single to score Randazzo on a 3-2 pitch.

LMU Recap

The Matadors got a solid outing from Shelly Tait to take out the Lions 3-1.

Tait (6-6) worked around eight hits, one earned run and a walk to post her sixth win of the season. She had one strikeout and kept the Lions off the scoreboard until the seventh inning.

At the plate, Mia Pagano finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a double. Tiffini Lucero went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Maylynn Mitchell and Tanna Bindi scored the other CSUN runs.

In the second inning, Northridge struck for two runs after loading the bases with one out. First, Lucero delivered an RBI groundout that scored Mitchell. With runners on second and third, Pagano singled through the right side to score Bindi, but Abby Linn was called out at the plate to end the inning.

In the fifth, Lucero singled to left with one out. She came around to score on a blast by Pagano into left field. However, Pagano was called out on the play trying to stretch a double into a triple.

Tait kept the Lion's offense off the scoreboard until the seventh. Still, she worked around runners on first and second with nobody out to preserve the Matadors' third-straight victory.

Northridge returns to action on Saturday, Mar. 23 with a doubleheader against Hawai'i. FIrst pitch is slated for noon between the Matadors and Rainbow Wahine.