Bruins' Big Inning Sinks CSUN
LOS ANGELES, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (26-19) lost 8-0 in five innings to No. 2 UCLA in a non-conference contest at Easton Stadium Tuesday afternoon. Ariana Wassmer had the Matadors' base hit and Taylor Glover stole her 16th base of the season, but a six-run fifth inning aided by an error in the field lifted the Bruins to the win.
CSUN starter Daphne Pofek (5-5) kept the powerful Bruins from busting open the game in the first four innings. She also got some great play from her defense behind and in front of her.
In the first inning, Abby Linn, Madison Fleming and Katie Hooper combined to cut down the final out of the inning at the plate on an RBI double. In the third, Maylynn Mitchell and Wassmer teamed up for an important double play with two runners on and nobody out. Finally, from her catcher's position, Hooper caught a runner trying to steal in both the third and fourth inning.
However, things unraveled in the bottom of the fifth. After going quietly for the first two outs, UCLA mounted a rally that eventually saw them score six runs. A Matador error extended the inning so only one of the six runs in the frame was earned.
Pofek allowed eight hits with two strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work. Aliyah Ricks pitched to the final two Bruin batters of the game.
Wassmer had CSUN's only hit, a single to left field in the second inning. Glover was hit by a pitch in the first and stole her 16th base of the season. She needs four more steals to set a new program single-season Division I record.
UCLA starter Jessica Hall had 11 strikeouts to earn the win.
The Matadors return to Big West play Friday with a doubleheader at UC Riverside. Game one of the twinbill is slated to start at 1:30 p.m. The teams will play a single game at UC Riverside on Saturday, April 19 at noon to conclude the series.