April 5, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (13-22) dropped both ends of a doubleheader Tuesday to San Diego State at Matador Diamond. In the first game, CSUN held onto a 1-0 lead entering the seventh inning only to see the Aztecs connect on a two-out grand slam and escape with a 4-1 victory. In the second game, a stunned Northridge squad fell 13-0 in five innings, mustering just one hit.
The first game was a heartbreaker for the Matadors, who have now lost eight of their last nine contests. Carly Wade was outstanding for 6.2 innings of action, but she could not get the final out quick enough to preserve the win.
Following a lead-off walk in the seventh, SDSU got a single and with two outs loaded the bases on a walk. Lorena Klopp then blasted her 10th home run of the season to give San Diego State a 4-1 lead. The Matadors went quiety in the seventh off Bailey Micetich, who improved to 12-7 on the season.
Wade also went the distance, tossing 7.0 innings and allowing five hits, two walks and four strikeouts. She fell to 3-12 with the loss.
Jaci Carlsen provided the Matadors' only run of the game, blasting her sixth home run of the season in the bottom of the first. CSUN stranded too many runners in scoring position, ultimately leaving eight runners on base. Mikayla Thielges, Tracy Allen and Korinne Randazzo also had singles for Northridge.
In the second game, SDSU jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second on four unearned runs. The Aztecs scored on an error on the infield and then followed that up with a 3-run home run off CSUN starter Hannah Fraijo.
SDSU added another six runs in the top of the third to build a 10-0 lead and chase Fraijo from the circle. Fraijo took the loss for Northridge, falling to 9-7 on the season. She lasted 2.0 innings, giving up seven hits and four earned runs.
Once Fraijo left, things did not change much. Mia Pagano came in to relieve her and lasted an inning. Carly Wade replaced her and gave up a three-run home run in the top of the fourth to increase the Aztecs' lead to 13-0.
Pagano went 1.0 inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Wade finished up the last 2.0 innings with a walk and one hit.
Carlsen had the only hit for Northridge, a Texas leaguer that broke up Samantha Beasley's no-hit bid in the fourth. Otherwise, Beasley cruised to the victory behind one walk and two strikeouts.
The Matadors return to action Saturday, April 9 with a doubleheader at Long Beach State slated for a noon start. The two teams will also play a single game on Sunday, April 10 also starting at noon.