Feb. 11, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (1-1) split its first two games on its 2011 opening day at the Kajikawa Classic. In the first game, the Matadors rallied to defeat San Jose State, 9-8. In the second game, No. 18 Stanford posted a 9-0, five-inning win over Northridge.
For CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers, the day was a productive tease for what the rest of the season holds.
"It was good to see the girls come out and play strong today," Flowers said. "Although we need to put together a full seven innings, it was nice to see the girls rally in the first game and get the win."
The game with the Spartans was a back-and-forth affair that really heated up in the late frames. Early on, CSUN jumped out to a 5-0 lead after Jennifer Mosier led off the first with a home run and Mikayla Thielges added a grand slam, her first career home run, also in the first.
Undeterred, San Jose State fought back, getting a run in the second and third and tying the game on a three-run home run in the top of the sixth.
CSUN answered right back, getting a two-run, two-out double off the bat of Kristen Mihm in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-5 lead.
Again, the Spartans responded, stringing together a few hits in the top of the seventh to score three runs and take an 8-7 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Madeline Sale walked and Karla Chaparro reached on a bunt single for the Matadors. They moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and Korinne Randazzo, pinch-running for Sale, came home on a sac fly by Mosier to tie the game.
After Samantha Sloniker walked and the next batter lined out to left, Tracy Allen drove in the winning run on a double to right center. Allen finished 1-for-5 at the plate, but scored two runs to go along with the RBI.
The power surge was also something Flowers is looking forward to for the rest of the season.
"It was nice to see us show some consistent power all throughout the line-up," Flowers added. "It's not our goal for every at-bat, but the power certainly helps."
In the circle, freshman Carly Wade started the game for Northridge, going four innings and allowing two earned runs. She struck out five and walked six, but did not factor into the decision.
Hannah Fraijo took the win in the circle, tossing the final three innings. She allowed six runs, though only three were earned, while walking one and striking out one.
Elyssa Fox took the loss in relief for San Jose State.
In the second game of the day, No. 18 Stanford jumped out to an early lead by scoring three runs in both the first and the second. The Cardinal added three runs in the bottom of the fourth as well.
For Northridge, Leann Lopez made the start in the circle. In her first career game in college and as a pitcher, she lasted just over an inning and allowed six earned runs. Another freshman, Ashley Aratow, came in to relieve her and also had a tough outing in her first career game. She went just over two innings, giving up three hits and three earned runs.
At the plate, Northridge was held off the ledger until the fifth inning. Sale broke up the no-hitter with a bloop single in the infield. Carlsen and Thielges drew walks.
For Stanford, Teagan Gerhart went all five innings, allowing the one hit and two walks. She had six strikeouts and two walks as well.
Northridge returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 12 with another pair of contests. The Matadors face Western Michigan at 9 a.m. (MT) / 8 p.m. (PT) and No. 12 California at 2:30 (MT) / 1:30 (PT).