April 5, 2009

Matadors Drop Series Finale to Long Beach State, 6-1

April 5, 2009

Box Score

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (23-12, 3-3 BWC) dropped the final game of its series at Long Beach State, 6-1, Sunday afternoon. Jaclyn Rymer had a hit and scored the team's run while Christina Saenz picked up her 20th RBI of the season.

The Matadors had three hits Sunday off LBSU pitcher Brooke Turner, who threw a complete game to pick up the win. Lauren Olivas and Karla Chaparro had the other two hits for CSUN and Alexandria Alvarado recorded her fourth stolen base of the season.

In the circle, Debbie Duran took the loss for Northridge, tossing 1.2 innings while allowing four earned runs. She had one strikeout and walked three batters and is now 16-8 with a 1.96 ERA and 68 strikeouts on the season.

Northridge threatened in the first inining, drawing a pair of two-out walks before 49er starter Brooke Turner was able to get the third out of the inning. The 49ers also threatened in the first inning, stranding runners on second and third at the end of the inning.

Long Beach got on the board in the second inning, getting a two-run double with runners on second and third to take a 2-0 lead. The 49ers added two more runs in the frame to chase Duran. Amanda Pitzenberger came in to relieve her, though LBSU added two more unearned runs in the inning to take a 6-0 lead after two full innings.

The Matadors broke through in the third for a run. Karla Chaparro was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to second on a single by Jaclyn Rymer. Lauren Olivas then reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases with no outs. However, CSUN would ground into a pair of fielder's choices and ended the inning with two runners left on base.

The Matadors return to action next Friday with a Big West series at UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos host CSUN for a doubleheader on April 10 and the two teams will play a single game on April 11. Both Friday and Saturday are slated for a noon start.

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