May 24, 2014

CSUN Drops Season Finale 6-0 at Cal State Fullerton

FULLERTON, Calif. –

On the final day of the 2014 season, the Cal Sate Northridge Matadors (18-38, 6-18 Big West) were defeated 6-0 by the Cal State Fullerton Titans (32-22, 14-10 Big West) on Saturday afternoon at Goodwin Field. Ryan Raslowsky picked up two hits and Michael Coates pitched 2.1 scoreless relief innings in his final outing at CSUN.

For the second consecutive day, the starting pitchers owned the early part of the contest. Raslowsky picked up the first hit of the afternoon for CSUN with one out in the first but the Matadors were kept off the bases again until a single by Ranny Lowe in the sixth inning.

Jordan Johnson retired each of the first seven batters he faced, all on fly balls.

The Titans opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth, plating five runs to pull away. The first two batters in the inning reached on a single and walk before a fielder's choice resulted in the first out of the inning at third base. 

Fullerton then loaded the bases on a walk before Austin Diemer hit a two-run single to right field. Jared Deacon produced an RBI hit and Taylor Bryant drove in a run before the final man crossed the plate on a wild pitch.

A final run scored in the bottom of the seventh to give the Titans a 6-0 lead. Following a one-out double by Matt Chapman, Greg Velasquez hit a ball that was mishandled at first base with two outs and allowed the run to score. 

Raslowsky picked up the final hit of the season for the Matadors when he singled to center field with two outs in the top of the ninth.

Johnson (3-6) took the loss on the day for CSUN after striking out two batters in 3.1 innings. The bullpen group of Coates, John Salas, Louis Cohen, Brandon Warner and Shay Maltese combined to allow just an unearned run on four hits with five strikeouts the rest of the way. 

Grahamm Wiest (4-4) struck out six hitters in a complete game for the Titans to earn the win.

The game marked the final collegiate contest for six seniors on the CSUN squad: Maltese, Salas, Lowe, Coates, Brett Balkan and Brycen Rutherford. Rutherford pitched Thursday night's series opener for the Matadors while the other five players all appeared in Saturday's finale.

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