NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge Matadors (6-7) dropped the first game of a three-game series against the Indiana Hoosiers (4-8) 7-3 on Friday afternoon at Matador Field. Junior Adam Barry reached base in all five plate appearances on the day but the Matadors could not score after putting up three runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Northridge jumped out to an early 3-0 lead following back-to-back singles by Nathan Ring and Kyle Attl to open the frame. Barry then doubled down the left field line to score Ring before a sacrifice fly by Marty Bowen brought home Attl. Barry later scored on an RBI ground out by Miles Williams.
Indiana scored one run in the second inning on a pair of one out doubles. The Hoosiers cut the Matadors' lead to 3-2 in the top of the third and could have scored again but Northridge was able to cut down a runner at the plate.
With two outs, Kyle Schwarber doubled to left center field and Chad Clark attempted to score for Indiana. Ring fired in a strong throw that was relayed by Attl to catcher Alexis Mercado, who applied the tag to end the inning.
Indiana took its first lead of the game at 4-3 in the fourth inning and added a run in the fifth as well before another runner was thrown out trying to score to end the inning. An infield single to Attl nearly scored a run for the Hoosiers but Attl was able to spin and throw out the runner.
The Matadors threatened to tie or take the lead in the bottom of the eighth but left the bases loaded. With two outs in the inning, Tommy Simis and Steven Keller singled and pinch hitter Travis Beck walked to load the bases. Northridge could not capitalize on the rally, however, as the Hoosiers got out of the inning.
Two more runs for Indiana in the ninth sealed the game.
Joey Denato (2-1) earned the win for the Hoosiers after striking out five and walking four in seven innings and Matt Dearden picked up his first save. Vincent Roberts (0-2) took the loss for the Matadors despite striking out five batters in six innings of work.
Barry finished the game 3-for-3 with a double, walk and RBI and was also hit by a pitch. Bowen and Simis each went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Matadors.
In the field, Attl compiled 10 assists at shortstop out of the 27 outs recorded in the game.
The second game of the series between Northridge and Indiana is set for Saturday, Mar. 10 at 1 p.m. The finale is scheduled for Sunday, Mar. 11 at 1 p.m. and all little leaguers ages 13 and under in uniform will receive free admission.