April 15, 2013

CSUN Faces LBSU on ESPNU, then Plays Host to Pacific

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

Matadors Tackle 49ers, Tigers in Five-Game Slate

The Cal State Northridge softball team (17-25, 3-7 Big West Conference) has a five-game week ahead of itself as the Matadors tangle with Long Beach State and Pacific. On Wednesday, April 17, Northridge will travel to Long Beach to face the 49ers in a doubleheader that will be broadcast live on ESPNU beginning at 1 p.m. Then on Saturday, April 20, the Matadors welcome Pacific to Matador Diamond for the two teams' final Big West Conference series against each other. CSUN and the Tigers will play a doubleheader on April 20 and a single game on April 21 with both days starting at noon. The two games with the 49ers will feature live stats and live video available via WatchESPN with links available at GoMatadors.com. Fans are also encouraged to check with the CSUN athletic department's official Twitter handle (@GoMatadors) for in-game updates throughout the week.

Last week, CSUN went 2-2 in four Big West Conference games. After suffering a narrow 1-0 loss at Long Beach State on April 10, the Matadors took two out of three games against Cal Poly to post their first Big West series win in their last nine three-game series.

In the opening 7-0 victory, sophomore Brianna Elder tossed her first career shutout   in allowing four hits in seven innings of work. At the plate, Crystal Maas blasted one her three doubles on the week, bringing home two in a three-run fifth inning. She also had a stolen base and Korinne Randazzo added two hits as well.

In the second game of the doubleheader, CSUN found itself trailing 2-1 as it started the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Maas singled and Randazzo then cleared the left-field fence with her second home run of the season to give the Matadors a 3-2 victory.

Although CSUN dropped the series finale with the Mustangs, the Matadors got five relief innings of one-hit softball from Maas and had the winning run on base when the game ended.

This week, the Matadors renew acquaintances with the 49ers, who dropped two of three games at Pacific over the weekend. LBSU enters the week with a 27-17 overall record and a 9-4 mark in the Big West.

In the circle, Amanda Hansen earned the shutout victory over Northridge last week and is 7-5 on the season. She carries a 3.13 ERA and a .261 opponent batting average in 107.1 innings of work. Erin Jones-Wesley is 14-7 with a 2.89 ERA entering Wednesday's contests. She has 156 strikeouts and has held opponents to a .238 batting average in 131 innings of work.

At the plate, Hannah De Gaetano leads the Big West Conference and the 49ers with a .376 batting average on the season. She adds 23 runs, six doubles, five home runs and 21 RBIs on the season. Shayna Kimbrough (.368), Nalani St. Germain (.328), Karli Sandoval (.323), Darian Tautalafua (.310) and Brianna Stephan (.302) all bring in solid batting averages that have helped lead LBSU to a conference-high .290 team batting average for the season.

Pacific, who plays a single game at UC Davis on Wednesday, April 17, enters the week with a 25-20 overall record and a 10-4 mark in the Big West Conference. The Tigers came up with game-winning or game-tying home runs in all three contests in their recent series with Long Beach State.

Megan Hom leads Pacific with a .369 batting average and she has scored a team-high 30 runs on the season. Nikki Armagost is a dual threat for the Tigers, sporting a .307 batting average and 14 doubles to go with a 10-4 record, 81 strikeouts and a 1.48 ERA in 94.1 innings of work in the circle.