March 16, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (12-13) defeated North Dakota, 9-7, Tuesday afternoon at Matador Diamond. Karla Chaparro and Mikayla Thielges each had two RBIs and Mia Pagano picked up her first career win in the circle for the Matadors, who have now won six of their past eight games.
Three Matadors recorded two hits against the Fighting Sioux Tuesday. Alexandria Alvarado and Jennifer Mosier joined Chaparro in that category and all three scored a run in the win. Thielges and Chaparro each had two RBIs and Christina Saenz and Alvarado each drove in a run as well.
In the circle, Pagano tossed 6.1 innings of work to improve her season record to 1-2. She allowed only four hits and one earned run while fanning three. For the season, she sports a 4.32 ERA and a .261 batting-average against.
The Matadors jumped out to quick 5-0 lead after two innings. Lauren Olivas led off the game with a single and then moved to third on an illegal pitch and passed ball. Alvarado then drove her home with a single to right field.
In the second, Tracy Allen and Mosier started the frame with back-to-back singles and then came around to score on Thielges' two-run single. Amanda Pitzenberger then reached on an error, allowing Thielges to score. With one out, Chaparro laid down a suicide squeeze bunt that turned into a base hit and brought home Pitzenberger.
However, the Fighting Sioux would not go away quietly. They scored twice in the top of the third inning to draw the game to 5-2.
CSUN would get two more runs in both the fifth and sixth inning. Chaparro started the fifth with a single, which was followed up by a single by Alvarado. Jaci Carlsen then moved both runners up a base with a sac bunt. Saenz then recorded an RBI fielder's choice in which the UND second basemen committed a throwing error allowing both Chaparro and Alvarado to score.
The RBI was Saenz's 76th of her career, tying her with Shannon Jones for 10th in school history.
In the sixth, Thielges was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Kristen Mihm, pinch-hitting for Pitzenberger, reached on another North Dakota error. Krystal Raphael then came into pinch-run for Thielges and scored on a fielder's choice RBI by Chaparro. Mihm would also score as a result of that error to conclude CSUN's scoring for the game.
Again, UND would not go away without making some noise. The Fighting Sioux scored five times in the top of the seventh off Debbie Duran, who had come in to replace Pagano. With two outs, Pagano re-entered the game to get the final out and seal her first career CSUN victory.
Northridge returns to the diamond Wednesday when they host No. 8 Oklahoma in a doubleheader at Matador Diamond. First pitch of the first game is slated for 1 p.m.