Matadors Defeat Spartans, 7-4, Fall to Miners, 7-2, at UTEP Softball Invitational

Feb. 20, 2009


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In its second day at the UTEP Softball Invitational, the Cal State Northridge softball team (3-6) splits its two games, defeating San Jose State, 7-4, before falling to UTEP, 7-2. Jaclyn Rymer finished the day hitting 3-for-4 from the plate with two runs, two RBIs, four walks and her second career home run.

San Jose Recap

The Cal State Northridge softball team defeated San Jose State, 7-4, in its third game of the UTEP Softball Invitational. Debbie Duran picked up her third win of the season while Christina Saenz and Jaci Carlsen each drove in two runs.

Both Alexandria Alvarado and Carlsen collected two hits for the Matadors against Spartan pitching. Alvarado smacked a pair of doubles to raise her season total to four. CSUN drew seven walks on the game and seven different Matadors scored in the game.

The Matadors got two runs in the bottom of the second. Christina Saenz and Micah Putnam walked to start the inning and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Debbie Duran. Saenz came around to score on a wild pitch and then Jaci Carlsen hit an RBI single.

San Jose State would take a 3-2 following a two-out rally in the top of the third. CSUN starter Debbie Duran gave up a two-out double and then walked a batter to set the stage for Brittany McConnell to hit a three-run home run.

The Spartans would get another run in the top of the fifth before Northridge would rally for five runs in the bottom of the frame. Jaclyn Rymer led off the frame with one of her three walks in the game and moved to second after Tracy Allen drew a walk. Alexandria Alvarado then doubled to left-center to bring Rymer home and Christina Saenz then singled to left to bring home both Allen and Alvarado.

Jennifer Mosier then pinch-ran for Saenz and moved to third on a fly-ball out by Putnam. Jaci Carlsen then singled to right field to bring Mosier home and make the score 6-4. A Spartan error allowed Krystal Raphael to reach base and Kristen Mihm then drew a walk to extend the inning. With the bases loaded, Rymer came back to the plate and drew an RBI walk to conclude the game's scoring.

Duran picked up the win for CSUN and tossed all seven innings, allowing four hits while walking four and striking out four.

UTEP Recap

The Cal State Northridge softball team dropped a 7-2 decision to UTEP Friday at the UTEP Softball Invitational. Jaclyn Rymer led off the game with her second career home run, but the Miners scored six in the bottom of the sixth to take the victory.

Northridge took a 2-1 lead heading into the sixth inning. Tracy Allen drove in Northridge's second run of the game in the top of the fifth on an RBI single.

However, in the top of the sixth the first six Miners reached safely off Northridge pitchers Debbie Duran and Amanda Pitzenberger. Ashley Ellis broke things open in the frame with a three-run home run, UTEP's second long ball of the game.

Duran picked up the loss against UTEP, dropping her season record to 3-3. She now has a 3.58 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 29.1 innings of work.

The Matadors resume action Saturday with a lone contest to conclude its time along the Rio Grande. Northridge faces Samford for the first time ever on the softball diamond in a game at 9 a.m. (MT).

Upon their return from West Texas, the Matadors head south on the Interstate 405 to compete in Mayfair Tournament hosted by Long Beach State. CSUN will face Wisconsin (Feb. 27, 6 p.m.), Iowa State (Feb. 28, 11 a.m.), BYU (Feb. 28, 1:15 p.m.), Wisconsin again (Mar. 1, 10:45 a.m.) and Fresno State (Mar. 1, 1 p.m.).

Tickets will cost $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 4-14) and senior citizens (ages 60+). The prices are for one ticket and are valid all day. All games will be held at Mayfair Park in the Long Beach/Lakewood area.

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