Matadors Prevail over Aztecs, 5-4, in Extra Innings
Feb. 24, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (2-9) strung together three-straight hits to score the winning run in extra innings Wednesday night in a 5-4 victory over San Diego State. Christina Saenz, Jaci Carlsen and Jennifer Mosier all delivered with one-out singles to help the Matadors defeat the Aztecs and snap a seven-game losing streak.
Tied up at 4-4 after the regulation seven innings, the game went into extra frames. With one out in the top of the eighth, Saenz collected an infield single, her second hit of the game, then moved to second on a single by Carlsen.
Mosier then delivered the game-winning RBI with a single up the middle. She would later steal second base, though she would be stranded there to end the inning.
The drama continued to unfold in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, SDSU smacked a triple into the right-center gap. However, on the next play, Amanda Pitzenberger fielded a ground ball and caught the runner between third and the plate for the second out of the inning. On the same play, the batter tried to go all the way to third and was tagged out by Karla Chaparro to end the game.
The single capped off an outstanding game for Carlsen, who finished a home run short of hitting for the cycle. She added a triple in the second and a three-run double in the third to finish 3-for-4 with a career-high three RBIs.
Saenz finished 2-for-4 at the plate, adding two runs and an RBI. Mosier's eighth-inning single was her only hit of the game, but increased her season RBI total to five. Jaclyn Rymer also had a nice game at the dish for CSUN, finishing 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored. She was also hit by a pitch.
In the circle, Amanda Pitzenberger earned the win for the Matadors, tossing seven strong innings. She had two strikeouts while walking three and scattering five hits. Hannah Fraijo also pitched for Northridge, giving up four hits but only one earned run in an inning of work.
Samantha Beasley took the loss for the Aztecs, going four innings with just one hit allowed and 10 strikeouts. SDSU committed two errors, including a dropped foul ball on Mosier's plate appearance in the eighth.
Northridge returns to action this upcoming weekend, hosting Michigan State in a three-game series at Matador Diamond. The Matadors and Spartans will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon and a single game Sunday also starting at noon.