March 8, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (12-8) defeated Portland State, 7-5, Sunday in the finale of The Worth Invitational at Matador Diamond. Jaclyn Rymer drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the sixth inning and later came around to score on a double by Kristen Mihm.
The victory makes Northridge 11-4 over its last 15 games and 4-1 in tournament play for the second-straight weekend. Rymer was one of three Matadors with two RBIs on the day, as Karla Chaparro and Jaci Carlsen also drove home two CSUN runs. Carlsen blasted her second home run of the season Sunday and hit .455 for the weekend, driving in three, scoring four times and hitting two doubles.
Hannah Fraijo picked up the win for Northridge, throwing four innings of relief while allowing two runs and two hits and striking out six. She is now 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 36.2 innings. She is holding opponents to a .169 batting average for the season.
After Portland State used the long ball to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Northridge responded with three in the second and two in the third to take a 5-2 lead. In that period, Chaparro slapped a two-run single and Carlsen drilled a home run down the left field line.
Portland State responded in the fourth, scoring three runs and chasing CSUN starter Debbie Duran. She allowed three runs and four hits in her three innings of work.
However, the Matadors rallied in the sixth with two outs to get the victory. Lauren Olivas grounded into a fielder's choice, but moved to second on a throwing error. Rymer then singled up the middle to bring her home and Mihm delivered a pinch-hit double to right field to conclude the game's scoring.
Six different Matadors scored during the day and eight players collected hits. Alexandria Alvarado stole her first base of the season. Kendra Suhr took the loss for Portland State.
The Matadors play seven games this week, beginning with a doubleheader against the University of Texas on Mar. 10 at Matador Diamond. The Longhorns take on Northridge starting at 1 p.m., with the second game following 30 minutes after the completion of game one.
Following Texas, Nothridge heads down to participate in the San Diego Classic II. At the tournament, Northridge will face three Big 12 teams: Iowa State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. The Matadors will also face Miami (OH) and San Diego State. All CSUN games will be played on the campus of San Diego State.