March 10, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge softball team (13-9) split a doubleheader with Texas Tuesday at Matador Diamond. After falling 10-1 in the first game, the Matadors rallied behind the pitching of Debbie Duran, who tossed a complete game, to take a 4-1 decision from the Longhorns in the second game.
Duran improved her season record to 8-5 with the win and owns a 1.81 ERA and 40 stirkeouts in 73.2 innings of work. In the second game, she threw all seven innings, scattering five hits while walking three and fanning two batters.
At the plate, Jaclyn Rymer scored a run and had an RBI for the Matadors and Christina Saenz, Alexandria Alvarado and Micah Putnam all scored runs for CSUN. Karla Chaparro, Saenz, Alvarado and Krystal Raphael all wracked up hits for the Matadors in game two.
In game one, Texas used the long ball to take a 10-1 victory. Three Longhorns smacked home runs in the victory and they also had two triples.
Hannah Fraijo started the game for Northridge, but lasted 3.1 innings, giving up five earned runs and walking three with two strikeouts. Amanda Pitzenberger threw the last 3.2 innings for CSUN, allowing four earned runs and fanning two UT batters.
Fraijo picked up her first loss of the season in game one, moving to 3-1 with a 2.62 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 40 innings of work. Pitzenberger is 2-0 with a 5.02 ERA and six strikeouts on the season.
Game two saw the Matadors get on the board first, scoring one run in the second and three in the third. Texas committed four errors in the game, meaning only one of the runs was earned. Torrey Schroeder picked up the loss for Texas in game two, going 2.0 innings and allowing five hits.
CSUN now heads to San Diego to participate in the San Diego Classic II. At the tournament jointly hosted by San Diego State and the University of San Diego, Northridge will face three Big 12 schools (Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Iowa State) while also facing Miami (OH) and San Diego State. All Northridge games will be played on the campus of San Diego State.