May 1, 2011

Matadors Earn Series Win with 7-5 Victory over Mustangs

May 1, 2011

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (18-29, 6-9 Big West) rallied to defeat Cal Poly, 7-5, Sunday afternoon in the finale of a Big West Conference series at Matador Diamond. Mikayla Thielges delivered a two-out, three-run double in the bottom of the sixth to give the Matadors the comeback victory.

Thielges cleared the bases on a 2-2 count off Cal Poly starter Rebecca Patton, punching a line drive off the left field wall for her fifth double of the season. She also continues to rank among the league leaders in RBIs with a team-high 39 on the season.

All of the dramatics of the Matadors' five-run sixth inning came with two outs. Jennifer Mosier started things with a single up the middle and Karla Chaparro drew a walk after a nine-pitch at-bat.

That brought up Kristen Mihm, who finished the weekend a perfect 8-for-8 after getting three hits Sunday. She delivered a bloop double to left-center that the Mustang centerfielder could not corral as she crashed to the ground. That brought home Mosier and Chaparro and Carlsen drew an intentional walk.

Samantha Sloniker reached on a fielder's choice, burying a ball deep in the hole at short as Carlsen beat the throw to third. That loaded the bases for Thielges, who now has nine RBIs in league play.

"Winning the series is nice, but it's the way we did it," CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers said. "We know what we're capable of accomplishing and the girls did not get frustrated despite the tough start."

The Matadors scored two runs an inning earlier to build momentum. Mosier started things with a single and moved to second on a single by Chaparro. Mihm then singled to left field to load the bases and Jaci Carlsen drew one of her three walks on the day to bring home Mosier. Sloniker added a sac fly to score Chaparro.

CSUN trailed 5-0 entering the bottom of the fifth inning before the rally started. Cal Poly scored two in the first and two in the third before Anna Cahn blasted her league-leading 12th home run of the season in the fourth.

That deficit did not deter Hannah Fraijo, who tossed 5.1 innings of relief work to earn her 12th victory of the season. She scattered nine hits and two earned runs with a walk and a strikeout.

Mia Pagano tossed the seventh for CSUN to earn her first save of the season. She now three saves in her Northridge career.

Mihm finished the weekend with three runs scored, a double and two RBIs in addition to her 1.000 batting average. She is now batting .474 in 15 Big West Conference games. Mosier stole her 13th base of the season, tying Carlsen for the team lead and Pamela Smith for fourth in school history with 34 for her career.

"It feels great to go out there and perform after I had struggled somewhat earlier in the season," Mihm said. "I have been doing a lot of work with assistant coach Caitlin Benyi and it is really paying off."

Northridge closes out their 2011 home schedule next weekend with a three-game series against UC Riverside. The Matadors and Highlanders will play a doubleheader on May 7 at noon, followed by a single game on May 8 also at noon.

Before the game on Mother's Day, the Matadors will honor the team's four graduating seniors: Tracy Allen, Karla Chaparro, Kristen Mihm and Jennifer Mosier.

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