DAVIS, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (14-23, 0-5 Big West) lost 5-2 and 5-0 to UC Davis Saturday afternoon in a Big West Conference doubleheader at LaRue Field. Senior Tiffini Lucero had her first two doubles of the season and junior Tanna Bindi blasted her second home run of the season, but the Matador offense could not put together enough runs and lost their sixth and seventh straight to the host Aggies.
Game One Recap
The Matadors lost the first game of the day 5-2 to UC Davis. The Aggies jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, chasing CSUN starter Crystal Maas (1-2) from the circle after just four batters.
Bindi cut that lead in half with a solo home run to start the top of the third. The home run was her second of the season and of her career.
However, the Aggies answered with two runs in their half of the third to stretch the lead to three runs at 4-1.
CSUN got a run back in the top of the fifth on an RBI double by Lucero. Maylynn Mitchell scored on the play. UC Davis got one run back in the bottom of the sixth to conclude the first game's scoring.
Mia Paganotossed 5.2 innings of relief for CSUN, giving up six hits and three earned runs to go with two strikeouts. UCD's Justine Vela (9-4) fanned seven Matadors without issuing a walk to earn the victory.
Game Two Recap
CSUN lost the second game of the day, 5-0, despite finishing with more hits (6-4) than the Aggies. Once again, UCD struck in the bottom of the first to take an early 1-0 lead on a solo home run.
That would be all CSUN starter Shelly Tait(6-8) would surrender in the first four innings of work, giving the Matadors a chance to strike back in the contest.
However, CSUN squandered chances in the second, fourth and fifth innings. The Matadors left runners in scoring position in all three frames and left a total of nine runners stranded in the contest.
UC Davis finally broke through against Tait in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs to chase her from the circle. She wound up going 4.2 inning with four hits, four earned runs and three strikeouts. Alexa Limon tossed the final 1.1 innings and gave up two walks with no hits.
Lucero went 2-for-3 in the game with her second double of the day. The two hits matched a career high for the senior and she is batting a team-high .429 in five Big West Conference games.
Jessica Thweatt matched her teammate Vela with seven strikeouts and no walks while scattering six hits to earn the shutout victory.
CSUN and UC Davis conclude the three-game series Sunday with a single game at noon. The Matadors then travel to Long Beach State for a single game at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10.