Feb. 18, 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (4-3) split a pair of tough games Friday morning at the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. In a pair of closely contested affairs, the Matadors rallied for a 9-8 victory over Nevada before suffering a 9-5 loss to Portland State.
Offense carried the way in both games for the Matadors. Against the Wolfpack, Mikayla Thielges cranked a two-out, three-run home run and finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. The home run was the second of the season for the Las Vegas native and with eight RBIs on the year, she has already surpassed her total from a year ago.
Freshman Madeline Sale also posted a nice effort against Nevada, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. She mashed her first double of the season in the win. In the circle, fellow rookie Carly Wade tossed 4.2 innings of four-hit relief work to earn the first win of her career.
In the late game, CSUN and Portland State battled for the second time in less than a week. The contest lasted over two and half hours and featured several lead changes.
After the Vikings jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, the Matadors stormed back behind a three-run home run by Tracy Allen. However, Portland State would respond with three runs in the next half inning and Northridge would never get closer than one.
Allen finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. The home run was the 12th of the senior's career and she now has 62 RBIs for her career. Samantha Sloniker added two hits, a run scored and an RBI in the loss.
The Matadors jumped on the Wolfpack early, scoring four times in the top of the first. Jennifer Mosier led off the game with a walk and then stole second. Sloniker then drove her home with an RBI single up the middle. WIth one out, Allen walked and Thielges ripped her second home run of the season over the left field fence.
Nevada responded with a run in the first and added four more on CSUN starter Hannah Fraijo in the bottom of the second. The Matadors tied it in the top of the third when Allen scored following a lead-off double. However, the Wolfpack scored two more in the bottom of the third to take a 7-5 lead.
Northridge then scored two runs in both the fourth and the fifth to take a lead they would not relinquish. Karla Chaparro led off the fourth with a walk and Sloniker reached on an error to put runners on the corner. Chaparro came home on a wild pitch and Sloniker scored on a botched double-steal.
In the fifth, Kristen Mihm led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a single by Thielges. Sale then doubled down the right field line to plate Mihm and Chaparro picked up an RBI fielder's choice.
Nevada would get one run back in the bottom of the seventh, but Wade ultimately held on for the win. She had five strikeouts and five walks in four-plus innings, giving up just one earned run.
Portland State Recap
The Matadors and Vikings tangled in a lengthy affair as the Vikings evened the season series with a 9-5 lead. Allen's three-run jack gave CSUN a 4-3 lead but the Vikings would respond with a strong pitching performance in relief from Nicole Latham to win the game.
The Vikings jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Fraijo in the first. That set up Allen's home run, the final time Northridge would lead in the contest.
Portland State scored three in the top of the third, two in the fourth and one in the top of the seventh. Once Latham entered the game, CSUN could manage just four hits and one run in five innings.
Fraijo took the loss, going two innings with five earned runs and hits allowed. In relief, Wade tossed five innings of three-hit ball, but walked seven and gave up two earned runs.
Northridge returns to action Saturday in Sin City, facing No. 23 BYU (11:15 a.m.) and Utah State (3:45 p.m.) at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park.