February 27, 2012

Matadors Fall to Washington 18-6 in Seven Innings

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

In a game that was threatened by impending rain all afternoon, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (5-3) were defeated 18-6 by the Washington Huskies (5-3) on Monday afternoon at Matador Field. While weather ultimately was not an issue, the game was called after seven innings due to a predetermined travel curfew for the Huskies.

Washington got off to a quick start by scoring two runs in the top of the first and added four more in the third to take an early 6-0 lead. Ryan Wiggins homered to left field for the Huskies with one out in the third before Northridge pitcher Jacob Petersen recorded a strike out to end the inning.

The Matadors cut the lead in half at 6-3 with a three-run bottom of the third to climb back into the game. After a groundout to open the inning Nathan Ring walked, Cal Vogelsang was hit by a pitch and Kyle Attl singled to center field to load the bases. Tommy Simis followed with a single to the third baseman as Washington's Jacob Lamb used his body to keep the ball in the infield as Ring scored.

Vogelsang scored on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Marty Bowen and Attl came around to score on a balk later in the inning.

An RBI groundout and an RBI double scored two runs for the Huskies in the fourth and three runs in the fifth put the margin at 11-3 before the Matadors could answer back.

Northridge got another three-run inning in the bottom of the fifth after Simis doubled to right center with one out. He advanced to third on a passed ball with two outs and scored as Todd Eskelin hit a double down the left field line.

The Matadors loaded the bases after Miles Williams walked and Steven Keller recorded his first hit of the year before junior Brett Balkan singled home two runs to cut the deficit to 11-6.

Two runs in the sixth and a five-run seventh sealed the win for the Huskies. Relief pitcher Zach Wright (2-0) was credited with the win after 2.0 innings pitched with three earned runs on four hits. Petersen (1-1) was charged with the loss, the first blemish on his record in his two-plus seasons at Northridge.

For the Huskies, Michael Camporeale led all hitters by going 3-for-5 with a grand slam, two runs scored and seven RBIs. Four other Washington players drove in two runs as well.

For the Matadors, Simis led the attack and went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI. Balkan finished with a hit and two RBI and Eskelin's RBI double extended his team-high hitting streak to eight games.

Northridge will return to action this weekend at the Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State University from March 1-4. The Matadors will face the San Diego Toreros to open their weekend slate on Thursday at 3 p.m. Radio and live stats links for this weekend's action will be available at GoMatadors.com.

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