February 8, 2014

CSUN Softball Downs Seattle, Falls to Western Michigan at Kajikawa Classic

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge softball team (2-2) defeated Seattle 4-3 before falling to Western Michigan 11-5 Saturday in Tempe, Ariz., as part of the Kajikawa Classic. CSUN closes out the tournament Sunday with a game against Colorado State.

Seattle Recap

The Cal State Northridge softball team held on for a 4-3 victory over Seattle Saturday afternoon in the Matadors' first game Saturday at the Kajikawa Classic. Junior Jordan Sauceda earned her first career victory in a CSUN uniform, Brianna Elder recorded her first career save and Kaitlin Toerner registered three hits as the Matadors downed the Redhawks.

Sauceda, a transfer who spent her first two seasons at San Jose State, allowed four hits, three walks and one earned run in five innings of work. She also had five strikeouts in her first career appearance as a Matador. Elder tossed the final two innings for CSUN and allowed two runs, though just one was earned, and had three strikeouts to earn the save.

At the plate, sophomore Maylynn Mitchell started the game's scoring with a solo home run in the top of the third. The round tripper was the first of her CSUN career. Later in the inning, Toerner singled, stole second and came around to score on an RBI single by Katie Hooper.

After Seattle drew one back in the bottom of the fifth, the Matadors regained their two-run lead in the top of the sixth. Hooper started the frame with a single and then moved to second on a base hit by Madalyne Handy. Hooper eventually came around to score on a fielding error by the Seattle pitcher.

Seattle scored once in the bottom of the sixth, but the Matadors responded with another run in the top of the seventh. Toerner started the frame with a single and moved to second on the play due to an error. Abby Linn moved her to third with a single and Toerner scored on an RBI groundout from Taylor Glover.

In addition to Toerner's three hits, Handy and Linn each had two base hits. Linn also recorded her first stolen base of the season in the victory.

Western Michigan Recap

Early offensive lifted the Broncos to an 11-5 victory over the Matadors. Western Michigan connected on a two-run, two-out home run in the top of the first and then added four in the second and four more in the fourth.

Jennifer Tyler (0-1) started the game for CSUN, taking the loss after allowing five earned runs and four hits in 1.1 innings of work. Daphne Pofek did not fare much better, surrendering three earned runs and five hits in 2.0 innings of work. Aliyah Ricks tossed the final 3.2 innings for Northridge and had two strikeouts.

Offensively, CSUN finished with 14 hits in the contest but left eight runners on base. Taylor Glover continued her hot play Saturday by going a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Fellow rookie Katie Hooper also continued to drive the ball well, fininshing with two more RBIs to give her six through CSUN's first four games.

After registering three hits in the win vs. Seattle, Kaitlin Toerner registered her first double of the season and also scored a run. Abby Linn is now batting a team-high .538 after picking up three base hits vs. the Broncos.

Northridge will look to close out its time in Tempe with a win when it takes on Colorado State Sunday. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. (MT) // 1 p.m. (PT).