April 30, 2011

Matadors Split Saturday Doubleheader with Mustangs

April 30, 2011

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (17-29, 5-9 Big West) split a doubleheader with Cal Poly Saturday afternoon at Matador Diamond. A pair of two-out runs in the seventh gave the Mustangs a game one victory and in game two, Hannah Fraijo tossed a complete game for CSUN to help lead the club to a 4-1 victory.

Fraijo was very tough in the circle for Northridge in the game two victory. She scattered seven hits and walked just one to even her season record to 11-11. Fraijo also had three strikeouts.

Among the highlights at the plate was the play of Kristen Mihm. The senior finished a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate on the day, scoring two runs and raising her batting average in league play to a team-high .429 in 14 games.

Jaci Carlsen also had a nice day at the plate for the Matadors. The junior had four hits and three RBIs in the two games. She hit her eighth home run of the season in the game two victory and also stole her team-leading 13th base of the season during the day.

Game One Recap

Stephanie Correia delivered a two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie as Cal Poly defeated Cal State Northridge 4-2. The Matadors brought the winning run to the plate and nearly walked off with a victory on a close foul ball by Tracy Allen before recording the final out.

The two teams were locked in at 2-2 when the Mustangs rallied with two outs in the seventh. They chased CSUN starter Mia Pagano after consecutive singles and drew a walk off Carly Wade before Correia's hit.

Pagano took the loss for CSUN, going 6.2 innings where she allowed seven hits and four earned runs. She is now 1-3 on the season. Rebecca Patton won the game for Cal Poly, tossing a complete game with seven hits and seven strikeouts.

At the plate, Madeline Sale had an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth and Carlsen picked up an RBI in the fifth. Sale now has 18 RBIs in her rookie season with Northridge.

Mihm was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate and also added her fifth sac bunt of the season. Jennifer Mosier and Tracy Allen also had sacrifice bunts for Northridge.

Game Two Recap

The Matadors got outstanding pitching from Fraijo and Carlsen led the offense as CSUN posted a 4-1 victory.

Northridge got on the board in the first on an RBI single by Mikayla Thielges. Carlsen had started the inning with her 10th double of the season and moved to third on a sac bunt by Samantha Sloniker.

In the fifth, the Matadors added three runs. Mihm started the inning with a single and Carlsen brought her home with her 18th career home run. That total ties Carlsen with Tamara Ivie for eighth in school history.

The third run of the inning scored on a throwing error. Jennifer Mosier pinch ran for Sloniker after she collected an infield single. Thielges then moved Mosier to second on a sac bunt and when Mosier stole third, the throw went into left field and she came home. The steal was Mosier's 12th of the season and the 33rd of her career.

Correia spoiled Fraijo's shutout bid in the seventh with a lead-off solo home run. Patton took the loss in the circle for Cal Poly, giving up 10 hits and three earned runs in 4.1 innings.

The two teams meet Sunday, May 1st in the rubber match of the series. First pitch from Matador Diamond is slated for noon.