March 4, 2009

Northridge Hosts WORTH Invitational at Matador Diamond

March 4, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Matadors Welcome Vikings, Scarlet Knights and Bobcats for Three-Day Event

Having finished 4-1 at The Mayfair Invitational, the Cal State Northridge softball team (8-7) begins a seven-game homestand, beginning with the WORTH Invitational. At the event, Portland State, Rutgers and Quinnipiac come to Matador Diamond for a three-day tournament running from Mar. 6-8.

This past weekend in Lakewood, the Matadors picked up important victories over Iowa State and No. 12 Fresno State. CSUN boasted powerful pitching throughout the event, posting a team ERA of 0.40 behind the efforts of Hannah Fraijo and Debbie Duran. At the plate, Christina Saenz (.438), Micah Putnam (.333) and Karla Chaparro (.333) led the Matadors in hitting, combining for 15 hits and eight RBIs.

A Saenz of the times

Junior Christina Saenz continues to lead the Big West Conference with a .447 batting average and a .563 on-base percentage. She hit .438 with seven hits, three RBIs and two runs at The Mayfair Invitational and now has at 13 RBIs and eight runs on the season. She leads the team with 17 hits and 22 total bases.

Debbie Duran-Duran

Junior Debbie Duran enjoyed her time in Lakewood, finishing 2-1 with a 0.40 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 17.2 innings of work. She allowed only one earned run at the event and now leads the team with a 6-4 record and 2.15 ERA. Those numbers rank second and sixth, respectively, among all league pitchers.

It Certainly ain't Hannah Montana

Freshman Hannah Fraijo put on a dominating performance at The Mayfair Invitational. The freshman made effective starts against Iowa State and Wisconsin, both CSUN victories, and picked up a save against No. 12 Fresno State. She stands at 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.06 WHIP while limiting opponents to a league-low .165 batting average.

Karla's Korner

Sophomore Karla Chaparro raised her batting average to .226 after hitting .333 at The Mayfair Invitational. She also had two stolen bases at the event, giving her a team-high five for the season, which ranks second in the conference. She has started every game this year, sporting a .952 fielding pct. and 42 assists, the third-most in the league.

Putnam Provides Prolonged Productivity, Prompting Perennially Pleasing Performances

Senior Micah Putnam hit .333 with a home run and five RBIs at The Mayfair Invitational to raise her season totals to .238 with 10 RBIs. She hit her first home run of the season, a three-run shot, and had a career-high four RBIs against Wisconsin on Feb. 27. She also had three sac bunts to raise her season total to four, the fourth-most in the league.

Rymer and Reason

Junior Jaclyn Rymer ranks seventh in the Big West Conference with both a .438 on-base percentage and a team-high 11 runs scored on the season. She also ranks fourth in the league with 112 put-outs and first with six fielding double plays, sporting a 1.000 fielding percentage. Rymer also has four steals and is batting .289 on the year.

Double A Keeps Going and Going and Going

Junior Alexandria Alvarado hit her team-leading fifth double of the season and scored the game's only run Northridge's 1-0 victory over Wisconsin on Mar. 1. She has scored eight runs and has six RBIs and ranks second on the team with a 16 total bases. She also has 17 put-outs in the outfield and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Allen Wrenches Her Way into Offensive Fixture

Sophomore Tracy Allen ranks second on the team with a .333 batting average. Against Fresno State, she hit her second double of the season and scored the game's only run in a 1-0 CSUN victory. She is tied with Jaclyn Rymer with a team-high 11 runs, ranking seventh in the conference, and has four stolen bases and six RBIs.

Reno 911

Freshman Jaci Carlsen delivered a pinch-hit, game-winning RBI single against No. 12 Fresno State to push CSUN to a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs. The rookie is hitting .200 on the season with five RBIs, five runs and six walks, pushing her on-base percentage to .385. She also has a stolen base and a home run on the year.

Torgeson Elected to NFCA Hall of Fame

Former Cal State Northridge softball coach Gary Torgeson was elected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame at the NFCA 25th Anniversary Convention in Marco Island, Fla. During his 13-year tenure, Torgeson won four Division II National Championships and helped CSUN successfully transition to Division I, culminating with an appearance in the College World Series Final against Arizona in 1994. He finished with a 636-216-8 record and never finished worse than a tie for first in the conference standings.

Basepaths Beware

Northridge ranks second in the Big West Conference with 20 stolen bases. Karla Chaparro ranks second in the league with five stolen bases and Jaclyn Rymer, Micah Putnam and Tracy Allen all have four steals on the season. Conversely, CSUN catcher Krystal Raphael has dissuaded opponents from trying to take an extra base, throwing out six of 13 would-be-basestealers, a 43 percent success rate.

Defensive Dynamos

Northridge owns a .966 team fielding percentage, the fourth-best rate in the Big West Conference. Northridge has already turned seven doubles plays and has committed only 15 errors. Jaclyn Rymer leads the team with 115 chances and 112 putouts and owns a 1.000 fielding percentage. Karla Chaparro ranks third in the Big West Conference with 42 assists.

Scouting Rutgers

The Matadors meet Rutgers for the third and fourth time Friday to open the WORTH Invitational. The Scarlet Knights are 3-6 on the season, having defeated Lousiana Tech, 4-0, and falling in a pair of contests to No. 24 Baylor. Nicole Lindley no-hit Lousiana Tech, striking out six and walking four in seven innings. Amanda Heler leads the team with a .429 average and four runs scored.

In the circle, Lindley is 2-2 with a 2.33 ERA in four starts. She has 24 strikeouts and is holding opponents to a .165 batting average in 27 innings. CSUN and Rutgers met in a doubleheader at Matador Diamond on Mar. 18, 1991, with Northridge taking an 8-2, 6-1 sweep.

Scouting Portland State

The Vikings from Portland State enter the week at 9-8 overall, having gone 2-2 in Seattle last weekend. Jackie Heide leads the team with a .420 average, six home runs and 15 RBIs. Jana Ra Slayton has hit four home runs and driven in 11. The Vikings are hitting .292 as a team this season with a .350 on-base percentage.

In the circle, Nicole Latham is 6-4 with a 2.98 ERA in seven starts. She has struck out 42 and held opponents to a .219 average in 61 innings. Tori Rogers has started four games, posting a 2-1 record with a 2.33 ERA in 21 innings of work. Northridge has won all five meetings with Portland State, the last win coming on April 8, 1990 in a 2-1 decision.

Scouting Quinnipiac

For the second time in four years, Qunnipiac makes the journey from Hamden, Connecticut, to play at Matador Diamond. The Bobcats are 0-4 on the season and hitting .167 on the season. Angela Casella is hitting .444 with two runs and double on the season. Kim Brzezinski has a home run and two RBIs.

Heather Schwartzburg has a 1.29 ERA and has held opponents to a .167 bating average, but is 0-2 in two starts. Emily Bellush and Jamie Iaquinto have also started a game for the Bobcats in the circle. CSUN swept a doubleheader at Matador Diamond on Mar. 13, 2006 in the teams' only prior meeting.

Next Week for Northridge

The homestand continues for the Matadors, who host Texas in a doubleheader on Mar. 10. The first game is slated to start at 1 p.m. The Longhorns have won the last two meetings between the schools, including a 5-0 victory on Feb. 9, 2007 in Tempe, Ariz.

Next weekend, CSUN heads to The San Diego Classic from Mar. 13-15. They will face a trio of Big 12 schools, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Iowa State, in addition to contests against Miami (OH) and San Diego State. All Northridge games will be played at San Diego State, which is co-hosting the event with the University of San Diego.

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