Matadors Drop Season Finale 6-1 at Pacific
STOCKTON, Calif. –
On the final day of the season, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (23-30, 10-14 Big West) fell 6-1 to the Pacific Tigers (16-40, 6-18 Big West) on Sunday afternoon at Klein Family Field. Adam Barry led the game off for Northridge with a home run to give the Matadors their only run.
On the second pitch of the afternoon, Barry slammed a fastball over the right center field fence to put Northridge ahead 1-0. Batting first in the order for the first time this season, Barry hit CSUN's first game-opening home run since Ridge Carpenter's shot at CSU Bakersfield on April 10, 2011.
Pacific tied the game, however, in the bottom of the fourth inning and didn't trail again. After Josh Simms doubled to right center, Riley Drongesen scored him with a one-out single.
The Tigers added a pair of runs in both the fifth and seventh innings to take a 5-1 lead. Garrett Borba hit a two-run double to left center and Simms drove in a pair with a single up the middle.
Pacific added a final run to the tally in the home half of the eighth to seal the game. Borba singled with two outs to score Tyger Pederson to put the final line at 6-1.
Barry finished the game 1-for-4 for the Matadors while Chester Pak went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. Cal Vogelsang, Miles Williams, Kyle Attl and Alexis Mercado also had hits in the game. Borba ended the day 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Simms added two RBIs for the Tigers.
Harley Holt (0-3) pitched 4.1 innings with three strikeouts in the loss for Northridge and Joe Spizzirri (1-3) threw two scoreless for Pacific to get the win.
Picked to finish ninth in the Big West Conference in a preseason poll, the Matadors ended the season tied for sixth. The team recorded 10 conference wins for the first time since the 2002 campaign.