May 9, 2010
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (29-21, 13-5 Big West) rallied for 7-5 victory over UC Riverside Sunday afternoon at Amy S. Harrison Field. Kristen Mihm hit a pinch-hit, leadoff solo home run in the top of the seventh to help the Matadors complete the sweep over the Highlanders and keep Northridge in the race for the Big West title.
With three games remaining in the 2010 regular season, CSUN remains one game behind UC Davis in the standings. The Aggies completed a sweep over Cal Poly this weekend to maintain their lead. If the two teams tie at the end of the season, UCD has the tiebreaker over CSUN after winning two of the three games in league-opening series.
Mihm came through in the clutch for Northridge, blasting her second home run of the season and of her career to start things in the seventh. For the season, the junior is batting an even .300 with 13 runs and eight RBIs. Northridge added an insurance run in the frame on a two-out single by Jaci Carlsen.
Carlsen finished the game with 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Jennifer Mosier was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and her team-leading 18th stolen base of the season.
The other big hit for Northridge came off the bat of Christina Saenz. The senior hit a two-run home run in the fourth to give her eight RBIs for the weekend.
In the circle, Debbie Duran won her second game of the weekend for Northridge. She tossed the final two innings of the game, scattering three hits and one run. Duran is now 3-5 on the season with all three wins coming against Big West opponents.
Hannah Fraijo started the game for CSUN, going five innings with seven hits and three earned runs. She had three strikeouts and is 17-7 with a 2.82 ERA and 95 K's in 169 innings of work for the season.
UCR got on the board first, connecting on a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the second. In the bottom of the third, Fraijo overcame a leadoff double to keep the Highlanders off the board.
With two outs in the fourth, Tracy Allen broke up the no-hit bid by Alvidrez. That allowed Christina Saenz to come to the plate and she delivered, connecting on a two-run home run to left field. The blast was her fifth of the season and 12th of her career. It also increased her weekend totals to eight RBIs.
UCR responded quickly, connecting on a two-run, two-out home run in the bottom of the fourth to retake the lead. The Highlanders added another two-out run in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead.
The sixth inning was a wild one. The first three Matadors all reached safely, drawing CSUN within 4-3 and putting runners on second and third. That brought Allen to the plate, and she laid down a bunt that caused two UCR errors and emptied the bases. However, Allen was stranded there to end the inning with CSUN leading 5-4. The Highlanders then tied things up in the sixth to set up the dramatic seventh.
The Matadors close out the 2010 regular season with a three-game series against Big West rival Cal State Fullerton. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday, May 14 and a single game on Saturday, May 15. Both days will start at 1 p.m. at Matador Diamond.
Before Saturday's game, the Matadors and the Cal State Northridge Athletic Department will honor CSUN's six seniors on the 2010 team: Alexandria Alvarado, Debbie Duran, Lauren Olivas, Amanda Pitzenberger, Jaclyn Rymer and Christina Saenz.