Matador Softball Travels to UC Davis for Final Conference Series

May 6, 2009


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Matadors and Aggies Meet for Three-Game Series in Davis

The Cal State Northridge softball team (27-20, 7-11) concludes its 2009 regular season with a roadtrip to UC Davis. THe Aggies and Matadors will meet in a three-game affair beginning Friday with a doubleheader and a single game on Saturday. The games represent the first time CSUN has played a Big West Conference series at UC Davis.

For Northridge, the road to an NCAA Regionals berth still remains a possibility, though it is imperative that the team finishes strong on this final weekend. The Matadors currently rank 77th in the RPI and do own a 12-6 non-conference record. A few favorable decisions against the Aggies could give Northridge its third 30-win season of the decade. Were that to happen, the team would simply have to await its fate with the NCAA selection committee.

Putnam Provides Prolonged Productivity, Prompting Perennially Pleasing Performances

Senior Micah Putnam is on pace to close out her Northridge career with a bang. She blasted her team-leading fourth home run of the season against Fullerton over the weekend and also leads the team with 32 RBIs. She is currently batting .291 overall and .315 against league opponents and has also seven doubles, two triples and nine stolen bases on the year. She ranks among the Big West Top 10 in slugging percentage (9th - .472), triples (3rd), RBIs (4th), sac bunts (9 - 5th) and stolen bases (5th).

Allen Wrenches Her Way into Offensive Fixture

Sophomore Tracy Allen has steadily increased her batting average over the season and enters the weekend series with a .295 average, over 90 points higher than last season. She is batting .304 against Big West pitching and cranked her first home run of the season against Cal State Fullerton. For the year, Allen has scored 23 runs, has three doubles, 11 RBIs and seven stolen bases.

Karla's Korner

Sophomore Karla Chaparro has earned her bumps and bruises during the 2009 season, starting all 47 CSUN games at shortstop. She is currently batting .228 for the year and has set new career highs with her 28 hits, 10 runs scored, nine RBIs, 10 stolen bases and nine sac bunts. She ranks among the Big West Top 10 in both sac bunts (Fifth) and stolen bases (third) and also ranks second in the league with 127 defensive assists.

200 and Loving it

Matador Head Coach Barbara Jordan picked up her 200th career victory in the Matadors' 5-3 win against UC Riverside on April 26, becoming only the 10th coach in conference history to achieve the feat. Jordan now stands at 200-183-1 in her eight-plus seasons at the helm of the Matador program and is 79-79 in Big West play. She also served as an assistant coach for the Matadors during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. In February, Jordan was named to the USA Softball Coaching Pool for 2009-2012. The appointment is the second time Jordan has been selected for the honor.

It Certainly Ain't Hannah Montana

Freshman Hannah Fraijo continues to finish strong for the Matadors during her rookie season. She earned Big West Pitcher of the Week honors on April 27 and is currently 7-3 with a 2.56 ERA. She has limited opponents to a .226 batting average, the fourth-best figure in the Big West Conference. Fraijo's ERA ranks 10th among all Big West pitchers and she also has a save and 49 K's on the season.

Rymer and Reason

Junior Jaclyn Rymer leads the Matadors on offense with a .328 batting average, 29 runs scored, 43 hits and 21 walks. She sports a .444 on-base percentage, the fifth-best mark in the Big West Conference, and also has nine stolen bases and 16 RBIs on the season. In 2009, Rymer has tied two school records, getting five hits at Cal State Bakersfield on Mar. 22 and stealing three bases against UC Riverside on April 26.

Double A Keeps Going and Going and Going and Going and Going

Junior Alexandria Alvarado recorded her 10th double of the season over the weekend against Cal State Fullerton, giving her 27 for her career, which is tied for eighth in school history. The 10 two-baggers also rank sixth in th Big West Conference. Overall, Alvarado is batting .271 with 39 hits, 18 runs scored, four stolen bases and four sac bunts.

Duran Duran

Junior Debbie Duran has enjoyed her first season of Division I softball with the Matadors, posting a 17-12 record and a 2.49 ERA. The 17 wins rank third and the ERA checks in at ninth among all Big West pitchers. For the season, Duran has appeared in a conference-leading 38 contests and has tossed 169.0 innings of work. She also has two saves on the year, tied for tops among all Big West pitchers.

Saenz of the Times

Junior Christina Saenz has enjoyed a nice rebound season in 2009, hitting .314 with a .410 on-base percentage after managing just a .190 average in 2008. She has six doubles, 24 RBIs and has set new career highs with four stolen bases and six sac bunts. She now has 65 RBIs for her career, 11 shy of 10th in school history. Saenz ranks ninth in the Big West with her .410 on-base percentage and owns a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

Basepaths Beware

Northridge has been a terror on the basepaths all season, leading the Big West Conference with 52 stolen bases and 70 attempts. Among basestealers, Karla Chaparro is tied for third in the league with her 10 stolen bases, a new career high. Against UC Riverside, Jaclyn Rymer stole three bases in game three, tying a school record. She now has nine on the season which is tied with Micah Putnam for the fifth-most in the league. Tracy Allen is the other Matador among the conference's top 10 in steals, checking in at eighth with seven thefts.

We're All Making Sacrifices Around Here

The Matadors also lead the Big West with 53 sac bunts this season, tied with Pacific. Micah Putnam and Karla Chaparro share the club lead with nine sacrifice bunts, tied for the fifth-most in the conference. Putnam has led Northridge in this statistic in all three of her seasons at CSUN and now has 42 for her career. Several Matadors have also set new career highs in the categories: Christina Saenz (6), Krystal Raphael (6), Tracy Allen (5), Alexandria Alvarado (4) and Kristen Mihm (3).

Taking One For the Team

Cal State Northridge batters have been plunked 40 times this season, the most in the Big West Conference. Karla Chaparro has had the biggest bulls-eye and been hit eight times, the fifth-most in the league. Christina Saenz and Jaclyn Rymer have both been hit seven times, tied for the sixth-most in the league.

Defensive Dynamos

Northridge now ranks third in the Big West Conference with a .966 fielding percentage. The Matadors have committed only 50 errors on the season compared to 66 by their opponents. Jaclyn Rymer ranks second in the conference with 376 putouts. Karla Chaparro checks in at third in the league with 127 assists and Micah Putnam is eighth with 102 assists.

It's In the Numbers

Northridge checks in at 77 in the RPI with its 27-20 record, the fourth-best RPI in the conference. The Matadors have played the 76th toughest schedule in the nation in 2009 and own a 12-6 record in neutral site contests. As a conference, the Big West ranks seventh in the nation, up a few spots from 2008. The Matadors need to get some favorable results against the Aggies to increase their overall resume and pose a consideration to the NCAA selection committee.

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.

Scouting UC Davis

UC Davis is the final opponent on the Matadors' 2009 regular season schedule. The Aggies enter the weekend festivities with a 21-30 overall record and a 5-13 mark in conference action. They were swept by UC Santa Barbara last weekend in a three-game series.

The Aggies and Matadors share several similarities entering the weekend, especially in pitching stats. UC Davis has allowed 313 hits and walked 114 batters; Northridge has allowed 317 hits and walked 115 batters. At the plate, UC Davis is hitting .246 as a team compared to a .248 clip for the Matadors.

Kelly Harman leads the team with a .288 average for the season with a .314 clip against league foes. Erin Emde is hitting .340 against Big West opponents to raise her season average to .267. Harman also leads the team with five home runs and 23 RBIs. As a team, UC Davis has 56 doubles on the season, the second-most in the conference. Marissa Araujo ranks second in the conference with 13 two-baggers.

In the circle, the Aggies boast a potent one-two punch. Jessica Hancock leads the team with a 13-12 record and owns a 1.91 ERA and a .230 batting average against for the season. Despite an 8-17 record, Alex Holmes owns a 1.84 ERA and has held opponents to a .248 batting average. Hancock also leads the league with 167 strikeouts in 169.0 innings of work.

Karen Yoder is in her fifth year as the head coach of UC Davis and owns a 98-179 record in four-plus seasons. The Aggies are in their second year as full members of the Big West Conference after transitioning from Division II. The Matadors took two of three from UC Davis last year at Matador Diamond.

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