Matadors Travel to San Diego for Final Preseason Tournament
March 17, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
CSUN Faces Five Foes in Three Days on Two Campuses
The Cal State Northridge softball team (10-12) will take a roadtrip to participate in the San Diego Classic II this upcoming weekend. At the event, the Matadors will face five non-conference foes in its final preseason tournament of 2011. On the campuses of both San Diego State and the University of San Diego, CSUN will square off against the Louisville Cardinals, Wisconsin Badgers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Ohio Bobcats and San Diego Toreros.
The Matadors should enter the meeting with the Cardinals fully refreshed after playing only three game since Mar. 8. The team has now captured five of its past seven contests, including a dramatic doubleheader sweep of North Dakota on Mar. 15. Against the Fighting Sioux, CSUN stormed out early and held on for an 8-3 victory in game one. In the second game, the Matadors rallied from a six-run deficit to win 8-6 on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh off the bat of Mikayla Thielges.
In San Diego, Northridge will play a total of five games at two different venues. For their games on Mar. 18 against Louisville and Wisconsin and their Mar. 19 game against Ohio State, the Matadors will play on the campus of San Diego State. For its two games on Mar. 20 (Ohio and San Diego), the Matadors will play on the campus of the University of San Diego.
Louisville enters the weekend 14-8 overall and are batting .312 as a team with 115 runs scored. Wisconsin is in the midst of a very busy slate of games, playing 14 game in Southern California over an eight day period. The Buckeyes of Ohio State are 5-14 overall and are led at the plate by Alicia Herron's .431 batting average. Ohio is also a busy team and will play five more times before they meet the Matadors on Mar. 20. Finally, San Diego stands at 8-8 entering the week and has played many common opponents with CSUN.
Thielges to Do Us Part
Sophomore Mikayla Thielges mashed her team-leading eighth home run of the season in style, blasting a three-run, walk-off home run in CSUN's 8-6 victory over North Dakota in the second game of a doubleheader. In the first game against the Fighting Sioux, Thielges hit her seventh home run in game one and finished the day with seven RBIs to raise her season total to a team-high 25. For the season, Thielges is hitting .264 with a .379 on-base percentage and a team-best .736 slugging percentage. She has a three-hit game (Nevada) and driven in a career-high four RBIs on two separate occasions (San Jose State, North Dakota). For the season, Thielges owns a .952 fielding percentage in 63 chances.
It Certainly Ain't Hannah Montana
Junior Hannah Fraijo improved her season record to 7-2 with a complete game victory over North Dakota on Mar. 15. In the victory, she fanned a season-high seven batters and forced the Fighting Sioux to strand 11 runners. In fact, Fraijo's last four starts (Murray State, Southern Miss, IPFW, North Dakota) have resulted in a complete game victory for the junior. For the season, Fraijo owns a 4.85 ERA with a .310 batting-average-against and 25 K's in 78 innings of work. She also has a save on the season, giving her three for her career.
Junior Jaci Carlsen has raised her season average to a team-high .323 after batting .500 (11-for-22) in the Matadors' last seven games. In the doubleheader sweep over North Dakota, Carlsen finished 3-for-6 with two stolen bases, her first triple of the season and a run and RBI. For the season, Carlsen has three doubles and three home runs to go along with the triple to give her a .548 slugging percentage. She also has stolen six bases in seven chances and she has started every game at second base for the Matadors, posting a .950 fielding percentage in 101 chances.
Allen Wrenches Her Way into Offensive Fixture
Senior Tracy Allen had a very productive day for the Matadors in their doubleheader sweep over North Dakota, finishing 4-for-7 with four runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base. She now has 13 RBIs on the season and 71 for her career, 10 shy of tying Jan Mosier for 10th in school history. Allen also stands just one home run shy of tying Sandra Milchiker for 10th in school history with 15 career home runs. She hit her 14th career home run and third of the season against Cal State Bakersfield on Mar. 2 and also has a team-high five doubles for the year. Allen has started all 22 games at third base for CSUN and owns a .964 fielding percentage in 84 chances.
Run Forrest Run
Senior Jennifer Mosier leads the Matadors with eight stolen bases on the season after picking up one in each game of the Matadors' victories over North Dakota. The two thefts gives her 29 for her career, tying her with former teammate Jaclyn Rymer for seventh in school history. In her three seasons at Northridge, Mosier has been successful on 94 percent (29-of-31) of stolen base attempts. Mosier tied a school record with three steals in the Matadors' win over Portland State on Feb. 13 and set a school Division-I record with 18 stolen bases in 2010. She also adds seven runs scored, a home run and four RBIs on the year.
Time for Madeline
Freshman Madeline Sale is second on the team with a .310 batting average through the first 22 games of her collegiate career. A rookie from Yorba Linda, Calif., Sale has 18 hits, three doubles and five RBIs on the season. She has produced two three-game performances (Nevada, Southern Miss) while drawing six walks to raise her on-base percentage to .369 for the season. After starting the season as the team's Designated Player, Sale has now started the majority of games at first base for CSUN and owns a .989 fielding percentage in 92 chances.
Junior Samantha Sloniker leads the Matadors with 16 runs scored on the season, her first at Northridge. She adds to that 17 hits, a double, two home runs, eight RBIs and a stolen base on the season. She homered against Boise State and Murray State, sports a .333 on-base percentage and is tied for the team lead with two sac bunts. Sloniker has started every game for the Matadors in right field and owns a .971 fielding percentage in 34 chances on the year.
Junior Korinne Randazzo has rewarded CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers with an increase in playing time over the Matadors' 11 games. In that span, she is hitting .292 with three RBIs and four runs scored. She had a season-high two hits in the Matadors' victory over Southern Miss and hit her first home run as a Matador against Stanford on Mar. 6. Randazzo also owns three stolen bases, two doubles and six runs scored on the season. A versatile defensive player, Randazzo has seen time in the outfield and at first base for CSUN and sports a .950 fielding percentage in 20 chances. She and Samantha Sloniker were also teammates at Mt. SAC for the past two seasons as well.
Carly's Wade With Words
Freshman Carly Wade picked up her second win of the season in the Matadors' game two victory over North Dakota on Mar. 15. She tossed a complete game for the second time on the season and tied a season high for the third time with five strikeouts in the game. After a tough start to the game, she allowed only one hit and four baserunners over the final five innings against the Fighting Sioux. Wade also owns a save on the season to go along with a 6.52 ERA and 27 strikeouts.