MORAGA, Calif. –
After coming off of its largest win of the season, Cal State Northridge (10-12) could not contain the St. Mary's (CA) Gaels (13-7) on Friday afternoon, losing 7-3 at Louis Guisto Field. The Matadors held a 2-0 lead before the Gaels scored five runs and put the game away with a pair in the eighth.
Northridge jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second after starting pitcher Vincent Roberts set down St. Mary's in order in the first. Miles Williams then lined a double down the left field line on the first pitch to open up the top of the second inning.
Marty Bowen followed with a walk and the two were moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by Nathan Ring. After a walk by Alexis Mercado to load the bases, Williams scored from third on an RBI ground out by Kyle Attl. The second run of the inning scored when Brett Balkan reached safely as the first baseman for the Gaels dropped the throw over at the base.
St. Mary's cut the Northridge lead in half with a run in the third after Toby DeMello doubled for the Gaels' first hit and scored on a ground out by Ricky Boas. St. Mary's added three more in the fourth on a two-run double by Brenden Kalfus and an RBI single by Boas.
The Gaels scored a run in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead after a single by Patrick Wisdom scored a runner as a Northridge error allowed the runners to advance an extra base.
Northridge tried to mount a comeback in the eighth as Cal Vogelsang opened the inning with a double off the wall in right center field. Adam Barry followed with a double to shallow left field that forced Vogelsang to stop at third.
With Bowen batting, Vogelsang scored on a wild pitch with one out but the Matadors could not build on the momentum. St. Mary's scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to seal the game.
Despite pitching well in the early going, Roberts (0-4) took the loss for Northridge after 5.0 innings pitched with two strikeouts. Ben Griset (2-1) pitched 6.0 innings to get the win for St. Mary's.
Barry led the Matadors by going 2-for-4 at the plate and Attl picked up an RBI on the day.
The two teams were scheduled for a doubleheader on Saturday, Mar. 24 at 11 a.m. but will now play a single game at 2 p.m. due to forecasted inclement weather. Sunday's series finale is tentatively set for 1 p.m.