April 16, 2011

Matadors Split Saturday Twinbill with Tigers

April 16, 2011

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (15-25, 3-5 Big West) split a pair of Big West Conference games with Pacific Saturday afternoon at Matador Diamond. The Matadors lost 9-7 in game one, bringing the tying run to the plate in a five-run seventh. Northridge carried that momentum over to game two, taking a 5-3 victory by fending off a late Pacific rally.

For the day, senior Jennifer Mosier finished 6-for-8 at the plate with five RBIs, three runs scored and two doubles. She was a perfect 4-for-4 in game two, matching a career high with four hits and setting a season high with three RBIs.

Fellow senior Kristen Mihm also had a nice day at the plate for the Matadors, collecting three doubles and three runs scored on the day. Mikayla Thielges had two RBIs in the first game to reclaim the league lead with 33 on the year.

In the circle, Mia Pagano put together her best performance of the season for Northridge in the game two victory. The sophomore tossed a complete game, two-hitter with one earned run and two walks to earn her first win of the season.

Game One Recap

Pacific jumped out to an 4-0 lead on CSUN starter Carly Wade in the first inning, scoring all four runs, two of which were unearned, with two outs.

The Matadors responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first. Mosier started the inning with a ground-rule double and moved to third on a single by Jaci Carlsen. Thielges then singled to right field to bring in Mosier and Carlsen scored during the play on an error.

However, Pacific added four more runs in the top of the second to chase Wade. The freshman took the loss for the Matadors to fall to 4-14 on the season. The Tigers would get one more run off Hannah Fraijo, who tossed the final 5.1 innings for CSUN.

Trailing 9-2 in the bottom of the seventh, CSUN mounted a furious rally that fell just short. With one out, Samantha Sloniker walked and Karla Chaparro put down a bunt single. A Pacific error moved them to second and third and Jessica Fridwall then delivered an RBI infield single.

Mihm then doubled down the left-field line to plate Chaparro and put Fridwall on third and Mosier doubled to left field to make the score 9-6. With two outs, Thielges scored Mosier with an RBI single, but the next batter popped out to end the game.

Nikki Armagost went 6.2 innings and had three strikeouts to earn the win for Pacific.

Game Two

Feeding off the momentum they created at the end of the first game, the Matadors held on for a 5-3 victory in game two Saturday.

Pagano was outstanding in the victory for CSUN. She carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and allowed just two hits, two walks and three hit batters. Two of the runs Pacific scored were unearned and Pagano recorded 14 groundouts in the win.

CSUN started the scoring in the bottom of the third. Mihm led off the inning with a double into left field and Mosier reached on a bunt single. During the next at-bat, a passed ball allowed Mihm to score and sent Mosier all the way to third base. Carlsen then brought Mosier home with a sac fly.

Northridge added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Madeline Sale started the frame with a single. Korinne Randazzo came into run for her and quickly moved to second on a sac bunt by Sloniker. Fridwall was then hit by a pitch and CSUN put runners on second and third with two outs following a groundout.

Mihm drew a walk after a lengthy at-bat and Mosier delivered a two-run single to left field to score Randazzo and Fridwall.

The sixth inning was a tough one for the Matador defense. Pacific loaded the bases with no outs after breaking up Pagano's no-hit bid. The next two batters hit the ball on the infield, but a pair of errors allowed Pacific to score two unearned runs. A hit batter scored the third run before an out was recorded.

Still, Pagano persevered and got three-straight ground balls to get out of the inning with CSUN leading 4-3. Mosier picked up her third RBI of the game in the bottom of the sixth, collecting a two-out RBI single to score Mihm.

Tori Shepard took the loss for Pacific in the circle.

The two teams will meet Sunday in a single game at Matador Diamond. First pitch is set for noon. Next week, Northridge plays a Big West series at UC Santa Barbara on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23.

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