April 25, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge softball team (26-17, 6-8 BWC) took a pair of games from UC Riverside Saturday afternoon at Matador Diamond. The Matadors held on to a 1-0 victory in game one and then rallied to take a 2-1 decision in the second game.
Hannah Fraijo and Debbie Duran each turned in solid performances in the circle for the Matadors. Fraijo improved to 6-2 on the season with her game one victory and Duran tossed a complete game in the second contest for the win.
In game one, the Matadors pushed the contest's only run across in the fourth inning. Rymer was hit by a pitch with one out and moved to second on an error by the UCR third basemen on a fielder's choice by Micah Putnam. After a double steal moved both runners up a base, Allen picked up her eighth RBI of the season with a groundout.
The Highlanders would threaten in the top of the seventh, putting a pair of runners on base following two CSUN errors. However, Amanda Pitzenberger came in to relieve Fraijo with two outs in the frame and nailed down her first save of the season with a strikeout.
Fraijo scattered five hits over 6.2 innings of work, fanning three and walking two. Stephanie Marshall took the loss in game one for UC Riverside. Karla Chaparro, Rymer and Micah Putnam each had stolen bases in the game for the Matadors.
In game two, UCR staked out to an early 1-0 lead on a home run by Marissa Alvidrez. Northridge evened up the score in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Olivas, her eighth RBI of the season.
In the seventh inning, Krysal Raphael led off the inning with a single up the middle. Kahn-Shamout then pinch ran for her and moved to second on a wild pitch. Olivas then moved her to third with a sac bunt and Alvarado laced a single into left field to win the game.
Duran tossed a complete game to improve to 17-11 on the season and pick up her first win against a Big West opponent. She allowed only four hits and one walk while striking out three. Alvidrez took the loss for UCR in game two.
The Matadors and Highlanders play the third and final game of their series Sunday at noon at Matador Diamond. Before the game, Northridge will honor its two graduating seniors, Micah Putnam and Sarah Kahn-Shamout, in a pre-game ceremony.