May 2, 2013

CSUN Softball Senior Weekend Centers around Visit from UCR

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- 

Northridge Hosts Higlanders in Three-Game Series at Matador Diamond

The Cal State Northridge softball team (21-29, 7-11 Big West) play its final three home games of the 2013 season this weekend when UC Riverside arrives for a Big West Conference series. The Matadors and Highlanders will play a doubleheader on Saturday, May 4 and then a single contest on Sunday, May 5.

Both days will start at noon and before Sunday's contest, the CSUN Softball program will honor its six seniors participating in their final game at Matador Diamond: Shelly Tait, Mikayla Thielges, Mia Pagano, Tiffini Lucero, Alexa Limon and Korinne Randazzo. All three games will feature live stats available at GoMatadors.com and fans are also encouraged to check with the CSUN Athletic Department's official Twitter account (@GoMatadors) for in-game updates throughout the weekend.

Last week, CSUN went 1-2 in its three-game series at UC Santa Barbara. After dropping the first game, the Matadors stormed back in nightcap of the doubleheader for a 3-0 victory. In the circle, Alexa Limon earned her first career victory and Jennifer Tyler recorded her first career save. At the plate, Tanna Bindi had two RBIs and collected her second triple of the season.

This week, CSUN takes on a UC Riverside squad that is coming off its first Big West series win of the season. The Highlanders took two of three at home against Cal Poly, including an 8-0, five-inning win in the series' second game on Saturday.

At the plate, Kayla White is one the conference's top performers. She carries a .356 batting average, five doubles, 10 home runs and 30 RBIs into the weekend. She also has 18 stolen bases and leads the league with four triples. Ariel Shore adds a .304 batting average, three triples and a conference-high 24 stolen bases.

As a team, UCR is batting .266 both overall and in Big West play. The Highlanders have 82 stolen bases in 104 attempts, both league highs, and 11 triples.

In the circle, Alyssa Razo won twice against the Mustangs last week to raise her season record to 9-12. She also sports a 4.28 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 122.2 innings of work for the season. Against conference opposition, Razo 2-5 with a 5.56 ERA in 34 innings.

Joining Razo in the circle for the Highlanders are Ashley Ercolano (6-10), Taylor Alvarez (2-5) and Sophie Slagle (2-3). Ercolano has a 5.18 ERA in 100 innings of work while Alvarez and Slagle have surrendered 73 earned runs in 88 combined innings.

Senior Send Off

Before Sunday's noon finale against UC Riverside, the Cal State Northridge softball program will honor its six seniors participating in their final game at Matador Diamond: Tiffini Lucero, Alexa Limon, Mia Pagano, Korinne Randazzo, Shelly Tait and Mikayla Thielges.

Over the course of their Matador careers, the six have been a part of historical and memorable moments on the diamond. Thielges and Pagano are both four-year letterwinners who have earned All-Big West honors during their careers. Thielges will leave CSUN ranked among the school's all-time leaders in home runs and RBIs while Pagano has racked up 18 career wins entering the weekend.

In two years with the program, Lucero, Limon, Tait and Randazzo have all had profound impacts for CSUN. Tait leads the team in the circle at 10-11 and has picked up wins over Long Beach State, LMU and Pacific this season. Limon earned her first career win at UCSB and owns a 0.94 ERA in 29.2 innings this year. At the plate, Randazzo leads the team with 30 runs, 16 stolen bases and 11 sac bunts this year while adding a .305 average. Finally Lucero is second on the squad with 10 sac bunts, hit her first home run in a win over Cal Poly and has five stolen bases this season.