NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
A four-run first inning provided all the runs needed in the game as the Cal State Northridge Matadors (7-11) were defeated 12-0 by the San Diego State Aztecs (12-4) on Tuesday afternoon at Matador Field. The Matadors collected seven hits in the game but were unable to break through for a run, leaving eight runners on base on the day.
The Aztecs struck for runs almost immediately, as Greg Allen walked and Tim Zier hit a home run down the left field line with nobody out. Later in the inning, Ty France scored from second as the ball was thrown away by CSUN on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Spencer Thornton made it 4-0 when he scored on a sacrifice fly by CJ Saylor.
"If our guys leave this game, and truly 'leave' it, and they use the innings and reps to get better, we're going to be just fine," said CSUN head coach Greg Moore.
Northridge was able to get runners to first and second with two outs in the bottom of the first but SDSU starter TJ Kendzora recorded a strikeout to end the inning. In the second inning, the Matadors had the first two runners reach base after Dylan Alexander singled down the left field line and Nicolas Osuna was hit by a pitch. A fielder's choice followed by a double play helped Kendzora escape the jam.
San Diego State extended its lead to 7-0 with three runs in the top of the third. Tyler Adkison hit an RBI double, Saylor brought home a run on a fielder's choice and Evan Potter hit a run-scoring single.
Two more runners reached base for the Matadors with two outs in the bottom of the third but a foul out to the catcher kept the inning from developing. Cal State Northridge also saw two runners on base in the fourth but Kendzora was able to escape once more on a fly out by Ryan Raslowsky that was caught up against the wall in left center.
An RBI triple in the fifth with two outs extended the SDSU lead to eight runs, and a four-run eighth inning sealed the game. France hit a three-run home run in the top of the eighth to complete the scoring on the day.
Raslowsky, Alexander and Nick Blasesr each had two hits in the game for the Matadors.
Calvin Copping (1-3) was hit with the loss for the Matadors while Kendzora (2-0) took home the win for the Aztecs.
Cal State Northridge will remain at home and will welcome the West Virginia Mountaineers to Matador Field for a four-game series this weekend. First pitch between CSUN and WVU is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 13th.