March 12, 2010

Four-Run First Leads CSUN Past Georgetown

March 12, 2010

Box Score

FRESNO, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (9-12) defeated Georgetown, 4-3, Friday morning at the Bayer CropScience Classic at Fresno State. A four-run first inning lifted Northridge to the win, while Amanda Pitzenberger picked up her sixth win of the season and Mia Pagano nailed down her first career save.

Both teams had plenty of chances in the contest. The Hoyas stranded seven runners, while CSUN left five on base. All seven runs in the game were scored in the first inning.

Pitzenberger went 4.0 innings to move her season record to 6-3. She allowed five hits and walked three while fanning four. Pagano went the final 3.0 innings, allowing only one hit and walking two.

At the plate, Tracy Allen was 2-for-3 and had a two-run single that proved to be the game-winning hit. Six other Matadors registered a hit in the game.

Georgetown wasted little time flexing its offensive muscle. Samantha Peters led off the game with a towering home run to left field and Kelsie Hanson and Mackensey Carter worked walks off CSUN starter Amanda Pitzenberger.

After the next two batters struck out looking, Georgetown singled to right and then reached on an error to extend their lead to 3-0. Northridge wound up committing two errors in the frame, so two of the runs were unearned.

The Matadors answered quickly. Lauren Olivas and Karla Chaparro strung together back-to-back singles to start the inning, and then care around to score on a fielding error. Jaci Carlsen then walked and she and Alexandria Alvarado moved up a base on a groundout. Tracy Allen then delivered a two-run single up the middle to give Northridge a 4-3 lead.

Mikayla Thielges led off the second for Northridge with a double to left field. However, the next three Matadors all popped out to strand the runner and leave the score at 4-3.

Georgetown loaded the bases with two outs in the third, but Pitzenberger got a pop out to third base to end the threat.

Carlsen blasted a one-out double to right field in the third. Again, the Matadors would strand her to leave the score 4-3.

Freshman Mia Pagano came in to relieve Pitzenberger to start the fifth inning. She overcame two one-out walks to retire the Hoyas's side and maintain the CSUN lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, Christina Saenz started the frame with a single up the middle and then moved to third on a double by Allen. Again, CSUN could not do anything, stranding the two runners and leaving the score at 4-3.

Georgetown started the seventh with a single up the middle. However, Pagano settled in, getting a fielder's choice and line-out double play to earn her first career save.

The Matadors play once more Friday, facing East Tennessee State at approximately 11:30 a.m. at Bulldog Diamond on the campus of Fresno State.

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