May 15, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (31-22, 15-6 Big West) defeated Cal State Fullerton, 5-2, Saturday afternoon in both teams' final regular season game in 2010. Jennifer Mosier and Jaci Carlsen connected on back-to-back home runs in the first inning and Hannah Fraijo and Amanda Pitzenberger teamed to limit the Titans to two unearned runs and five hits.
With the win and a loss by UC Davis against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, the Matadors earn a share of the Big West Title with a 15-6 record. UCD receives the Big West Conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament due to tiebreakers. The Matadors must now wait until Sunday evening to see if they receive an at-large bid into the field of 64.
After starting the season 1-9, CSUN finished the year 30-13 (.698). The team's 15-6 conference record is the best mark in league play since the 2001 squad also went 15-6.
Northridge used a four-run first inning to get the victory. After Fullerton scored an unearned run in the top of the first, Lauren Olivas doubled and Jaclyn Rymer walked to bring Mosier to the plate. After getting down 0-2 early, Mosier ripped a 3-2 pitch into the left-field stands. Carlsen followed that up with a nearly identical blast into left field as well to give CSUN a 4-1 lead.
For Mosier, the home run was her sixth of the season and upped her RBI total to 23. For Carlsen, the home run was her team-leading eighth of the season and gives her 44 RBIs for the season. That figure is tied for the seventh-most in school history for a single season.
Fullerton added another earned run in the top of the third. The Matadors got back the run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI groundout by Karla Chaparro, her carer-high 18th RBI of the season.
In the circle, Fraijo tossed six innings of four-hit softball to earn her 18th win of the season. She struck out four and walked four and both Titan runs were unearned in the contest. For the year, Fraijo is 18-8 with a 2.69 ERA and 102 K's in 182 innings of work.
Pitzenberger tossed a quiet seventh inning to pick up her first save of the season and sixth of her career. That ties her with three other former Matadors for the fourth-most saves in a career. Pitzenberger is now 9-5 with a 3.41 ERA and 30 K's in 88.1 innings of work.
Krystal Heinle took the loss for Cal State Fullerton, giving up five hits and five earned runs in five innings of work. By taking two of three games against the Titans, the Matadors won their first three-game series against Fullerton since the 1999 season.
The game also marked the final regular season home game for CSUN's six graduating seniors: Rymer, Olivas, Pitzenberger, Debbie Duran, Christina Saenz and Alexandria Alvarado. The softball program honored the six, plus the team's athletic trainer and Cal State Fullerton's two graduating seniors, in a pre-game ceremony.
Northridge must now await its fate for a postseason bid. The field of 64 will be announced on ESPNU at 7 p.m. PT.