Matadors Drop Pair to No. 22 Cal Poly Saturday
April 18, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge softball team (24-16, 4-7 BWC) dropped a pair of contests Saturday to No. 22 Cal Poly at Matador Diamond. In game one, the two teams battled for over three hours, with the Mustangs taking a 6-5, nine-inning victory, before prevailing 2-1 in game two.
The Matadors nearly came away with the win in the first game. Cal Poly used a pair of home runs to take an early 5-0 lead. However, CSUN battled back, getting two in the bottom of the third and three in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie it up.
In the top of the seventh, Micah Putnam nearly ended the game, hitting the top of the wall in left-center for a leadoff double. Kristen Mihm moved her to third, but the next two Matador hitters could not bring her home.
The Mustangs won the game with an RBI single in the top of the ninth and the Matadors stranded a runner on second after one out to end the game.
Putnam finished game one a home run short of the cycle, smashing her sixth double and second triple of the season. She had four total hits and scored a run. Mihm, Alexandria Alvarado and Karla Chaparro each had two hits for the Matadors. Christina Saenz set a new career high with two stolen bases and Chaparro and Putnam also swiped a bag.
Debbie Duran took the loss for CSUN, tossing the final 1.1 innings and allowing two hits and one earned run. Amanda Pitzenberger started the game for Northridge, going 2.1 innings with three K's and three earned runs. Hannah Fraijo pitched strong in the middle of the game, scattering five hits over 5.1 innings with two strikeouts.
Anna Cahn was the winning pitcher for Cal Poly.
In game two, the Matadors' defense got out of bases-loaded situations in the second and the third and the two teams entered the fourth inning tied at 1-1. In the fourth, Cal Poly scored a two-out run in what would prove to be the game winner.
The Matadors nearly evened it in the bottom of the fifth, but again left a runner stranded on second after one out to end the frame.
Duran took the loss in game two as well, going 6.1 innings while allowing 10 hits and walking five. Fraijo pitched the final two outs of the seventh. Duran is now 16-10 on the season.
Helen Pena pitched a complete game for the Mustangs in the game two victory.
The two teams battle for a third time Sunday at Matador Diamond. First pitch is slated for noon.