March 17, 2010

CSUN Softball Splits Doubleheader with No. 8 Oklahoma

March 17, 2010

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (13-14) split a non-conference doubleheader with No. 8 Oklahoma Wednesday afternoon at Matador Diamond. With runs tough to come by all day, CSUN took a 1-0 victory in game one before falling 4-1 in extra innings in game two.

Northridge and Oklahoma fought all day long to bring runners across the plate. In the first game, the two teams combined for just four hits. Northridge starter Hannah Fraijo tossed a complete game shutout in game one, striking out a career-high nine Sooners in the process.

The difference in the contest was a solo home run, the first of her career, by junior Kristen Mihm. On a 1-2 pitch with no outs in the sixth inning, Mihm blasted a ball to straight center that cleared the fences. Fraijo then got out of a jam in the seventh to earn her fifth victory of the season.

Jennifer Mosier had the other hit for Northridge in the first game.

Nearly equaling Fraijo's performance in game one was OU's Kailani Ricketts. She went 6.0 innings allowing only two hits and fanning nine as well. Fraijo is now 5-4 on the season with a 3.54 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 65.1 innings of work.

The second game saw the teams engage in another battle to score runs. The Sooners' Amber Flores connected on a solo home run in the top of the first off Fraijo. However, Amanda Pitzenberger would toss the next six innings without allowing an OU run.

Northridge tied it up in the third on an RBI double by Jaci Carlsen. Jennifer Mosier had reached on a fielder's choice and came all the way around from first to score on the play.

The two teams would remain gridlocked until the start of the eighth. Flores opened the inning with what appeared to be a routine pop-out behind third base. However, CSUN shortstop Karla Chaparro lost the ball in the sun and it hit her in the face, resulting in a three-base error.

That play seemed to knock the wind out of CSUN's sails. The Sooners then connected for four-straight singles off Pitzenberger to score three runs and take a 4-1 lead.

Northridge could not answer in the bottom of the eighth and lost 4-1.

Chaparro had two hits in the second game and Alexandria Alvarado had the other Matador hit. Pitzenberger went 7.0 innings of relief work, scattering eight hits and fanning two. The loss moves her season record 7-4 with a team-best 3.31 ERA.

Ricketts picked up the win in game two, tossing 3.2 innings of relief work without allowing a Northridge hit.

The Matadors return to the field Thursday when they host No. 23 Louisville at 3 p.m. in a single game at Matador Diamond. Northridge then travels to Bakersfield to face the Roadrunners in a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

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