April 10, 2014

Matadors Split Pair of Shutouts at Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge softball team (26-15) defeated Bakersfield 5-0 in game one before falling 3-0 in the nightcap of a doubleheader Wednesday at Roadrunner Softball Complex. Brianna Elder, the Big West Pitcher of the Week, tossed her second-straight shutout and the Matador offense slugged out 10 hits in the game one victory. In game two, CSUN could not cash in on multiple opportunities and left 11 runners on base in a 3-0 defeat.

Game One Recap

The Matadors jumped out to an early lead and got another excellent performance from Elder (18-6) in the circle. CSUN finished with 10 hits and four stolen bases in winning 5-0 over the Roadrunners.

Three Matadors had two hits in the victory: Taylor Glover, Katie Hooper and Madison Fleming. Glover collected a two-run double in the top of the second to give her a team-high 37 RBIs on the season.

Hooper recorded her 10th two-hit performance and picked up her 25th RBI of the year with a single to score Kaitlin Toerner. Toerner, a Bakersfield native, also tied a career high with two stolen bases in the game. Maylynn Mitchell and Abby Linn also had registered stolen bases for CSUN.

In the top of the third, Ariana Wassmer blasted her first career home run to extend CSUN's lead to 4-0. Glover scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh to conclude the game's scoring.

All that was more than enough for Elder, who scattered seven hits and a walk to go with two strikeouts. She lowered her season ERA to 1.80 in 147.2 innings and the complete-game performance was her 16th of the year.

Game Two Recap

CSUN left the bases loaded three times and could not find a timely hit in dropping a 3-0 game to the Roadrunners. The Matadors left 11 runners on base and got burned twice for having a runner leave early from first base in the loss.

The Matadors had the bases loaded with less than two outs in the first and sixth inning. Both times a strikeout looking got CSUB the second out of the frame and the Matadors could not come up with a two-out base hit.

Amber Mills (2-4) picked up the win for the Roadrunners after going 5.1 innings with four hits and four walks. Kelsie Monroe earned a save with 1.2 innings with no hits but three walks.

After CSUN left them loaded to end the fourth, Bakersfield scored three runs in the fourth. With one out and the bases loaded, CSUB got a sac fly. A single reloaded the bags and a pair of hit by pitches added two runs to the scoreboard.

Crystal Maas (1-1) took the loss for the Matadors and was charged with all three runs. She went 3.2 innings with four hits and a walk. Jennifer Tyler tossed 2.1 innings of relief with one hit and one walk.

Taylor Glover had two more hits for CSUN. Carissa Sherman had a base hit and a stolen base and Wassmer added a single.

CSUN returns to Big West Conference action Saturday, April 12 with a doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara. First pitch is slated for noon. The teams will also play a single game on Sunday, April 13 also at noon.

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