Pagano Leads Matadors to Doubleheader Split with Titans

FULLERTON, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge softball team (25-30, 11-12 Big West) lost 4-0 and won 2-1 in a Big West Conference doubleheader with Cal State Fullerton Friday evening at Anderson Family Field. After dropping a 4-0 decision, senior Mia Paganocarried a one-hit shutout into the bottom of the seventh in game two before CSUN ultimately prevailed 2-1.

Game one was a tough contest for CSUN. The Matadors posted just three hits against Cal State Fullerton starter Jasmine Antunez (17-14). Korinne Randazzo, Adrienne Martinez and Jennifer Tylerwere the only Matadors to get a hit off Antunez, who finished with five strikeouts to earn the win.

For Northridge, Shelly Tait (12-12) tossed a complete game, but allowed 10 hits and four earned runs in defeat. The Titans scored a run in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth to take the 4-0 victory.

In the nightcap, Pagano (9-8) was dominant in picking up her career-high ninth win of the season. She had five strikeouts to go with one walk and three hits.

Offensively, CSUN scored a run in the first inning after three Fullerton errors helped extend the inning. The game-winning run came off the bat of Mikayla Thielges, who blasted a solo home run to lead off the top of the sixth. The deep fly was her ninth of the season and 28th of her career.

Desiree Ybarra took the loss in game two for Cal State Fullerton.

The Matadors and Titans will conclude the 2013 regular season with a single on Saturday at Anderson Field. First pitch is slated for noon.