February 23, 2014

Matadors Edged By Seattle 4-2 in Series Finale

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

Cal State Northridge (2-2) completed the weekend with a series split against Seattle University (5-3) after the Matadors were defeated by the Redhawks 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at Matador Field. Seattle scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull away in the game.

"What we can take away from this series is the ability of some of our pitchers to bounce back on a weekend, physically," said CSUN head coach Greg Moore. "You also have to like the way the team is starting to combine the short game with some balls in the gap and some really good swings."

CSUN starting pitcher Jordan Johnson picked up where he left off last weekend and did not surrender a hit until the top of the third. After a one-out single for Seattle, Johnson retired the next five batters he faced in the game and at one point had set down 12 of 13 Seattle hitters.

The Matadors took the first lead in the game thanks to a run in the bottom of the third. After William Colantono drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, Ranny Lowe was hit by a pitch and Ryan Raslowsky singled to load the bases. Chester Pak's ground out to second base allowed the run to score for a 1-0 CSUN lead.

Cal State Northridge held the slim advantage until the top of the seventh. In the top of the fifth inning the Redhawks nearly tied the game on a one-out double by Cash McGuire with a runner on base. Nick Blaser had second thoughts, however, and fired the ball to Alexis Mercado at the plate to catch the runner trying to score.

The Matadors could not maintain the lead though, and Seattle scored four runs in the seventh inning to go up 4-1. With two outs, the Redhawks got an RBI ground-rule double by McGuire, a run-scoring single by Brian Olson and a two-run triple by Ryan Somers.

A final run was scored by the Matadors in the bottom of the ninth but it was not enough to jumpstart the comeback. With two outs, Colantono's bouncer went right through the legs of first baseman Michael McCann and Mercado scored from third base.

Johnson (1-1) took the loss for Northridge and recorded five strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work. Mac Acker (2-0) earned the win for Seattle with six strikeouts in 8.0 innings and Brock Carpenter picked up his first save of the year.

The Matadors will remain at home for their next series, taking on the Washington State Cougars next weekend at Matador Field. CSUN and Washington State will open the series on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m.