April 2, 2011

Matadors Start League Play with Split against UC Davis

April 2, 2011

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (13-19, 1-1 Big West) split a doubleheader with UC Davis Saturday afternoon at La Rue Softball Field. Northridge stormed out to a 7-1 victory in game one, but then fell 3-1 in the second contest.

Tracy Allen had four RBIs on the day, giving her 21 for the season and 79 for her career, two shy of tying Jan Mosier for 10th in school history. Allen also hit her fifth home run of the season in the game one victory, giving her 16 for her career and moving her into a tie for ninth in school history.

Jaci Carlsen had two hits, two runs scored and a stolen base in the game one win, giving her a career-high eight steals on the season. Madeline Sale also had a nice day at the dish, collecting three hits, two RBIs, a double and three walks.

Game One Recap

The Matadors jumped on the Aggies early to take a 7-3 victory in game one of the doubleheader Saturday. Tracy Allen went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, a double and her fifth home run of the season. Jaci Carlsen was 2-for-3 with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.

In all, CSUN cracked six doubles off UCD pitchers in the first game. The Matadors also stole three bases, including the first career steals for Mikayla Thielges and Tanna Bindi.

In the circle, Hannah Fraijo was tough for the Matadors, tossing six innings of one-run softball. She allowed only four hits and one walk to improve to 9-5 on the season.

Northridge scored twice in the top of the third to break the deadlock. Bindi was hit by a pitch to start the frame and then scored on an RBI double by Carlsen. After Thielges drew a walk, CSUN exectuted a double-steal and Carlsen came around to score on a throwing error by the catcher on the play.

The Matadors broke things open with four runs in the fifth. Allen and Madeline Sale each had two-run doubles for CSUN.

Allen cranked her fifth home run to start the seventh. The blast was the 16th of her career, moving her into a tie for ninth in school history.

Despite fanning nine, Alex Holmes took the loss for UC Davis, giving five runs in 4.1 innings of work.

Game Two Recap

The Matadors scored once in the top of the first, but could not put together anything else offensively in falling 3-1 to UC Davis in the second game.

Jennifer Mosier started the game with a walk. With two outs in the inning, Allen blasted a single up the middle to bring Mosier home and give CSUN an early 1-0 lead.

However, that would be the end of the Matador offense for the game. Karla Chaparro, Sale and Mosier had the only other hits for CSUN.

The Aggies scored a run in the bottom of the first and then took the lead on an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth. UC Davis would add another run in the sixth inning.

Holmes fanned 10 in tossing a complete game to earn the win. Carly Wade went all six innings for Northridge, giving up two earned runs, six hits and three walks.

Northridge and UC Davis will meet for a third and final time Sunday at noon. Next week, the Matadors host San Diego State for a doubleheader on April 5 at 1 p.m., and then have a three-game league series at Long Beach State.

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