NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (12-8) defeated Georgetown 2-1 and Grand Canyon 8-1 Saturday in a pair of non-conference contests at Matador Diamond. The Matadors got solid pitching performances from Daphne Pofek and Brianna Elder and the offense clicked for eight runs and nine hits in the second win over the Antelopes.
Daphne Pofek (1-3) picked up her first career victory with 4+ innings of relief work as CSUN edged Georgetown 2-1.
CSUN scored twice in the bottom of the third inning. Abby Linn beat out an infield single and then came around to score on an RBI triple by Taylor Glover. It was Glover's second triple in as many games. She actually came around to score on the play as the relay throw was mishandled by the Hoyas' third baseman.
That held up for Pofek, who allowed two hits and three walks in 4.2 innings of work. She replaced Jordan Sauceda, who went 2.1 for the Matadors.
Crystal Maas started the seventh inning, but after two walks, was replaced by Pofek. Although Georgetown scored in the frame, the run was charged to Maas.
Both teams finished with four hits in the game. Glover and Linn each had two hits for CSUN.
Grand Canyon Recap
The Matadors struck early and often to defeat the Antelopes for the second time in as many days.
Brianna Elder (9-3) picked up her ninth win and eighth complete game of the season with a solid outing. She scattered seven hits and a walk to go with nine strikeouts, giving her 15 Ks in 14 innings against Grand Canyon this weekend.
CSUN struck first, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. With one out, Taylor Glover walked and stole second. Katie Hooper than drew a walk and the two executed a double steal. The throw down to third went into left field and Glover scored. Hooper then scored on an RBI single by Madison Fleming.
In the bottom of the third, Taylor Nate blasted a grand slam to score four more runs. Hooper doubled, Fleming walked and Tanna Bindi singled to load the bases before Nate brought everyone in with a blast to center field. The home run was Nate's third of the year and she now has 12 RBIs.
In the fourth inning and two outs, Hooper tripled to center and then scored on an RBI double by Jennifer Tyler.
After the Antelopes scored a run in the fifth, CSUN got its final run of the game. Carissa Sherman was hit by a pitch to start the inning. She stole second and then moved to third when the throw went into centerfield. Glover then brought her home with a single to right field for her 13th RBI of the year.
In all, Nate had two hits and four RBIs while Hooper went 2-for-2 and scored a career-high three runs. Glover now has a team-high seven stolen bases on the season after a career-high two in the victory.
CSUN closes out its weekend with a pair of contests Sunday at Matador Diamond. The Matadors face Oregon State at noon and then take on Charleston Southern at 3 p.m.