Matadors Experience Deja Vu in Malibu

Feb. 22, 2009

Final Stats

MALIBU, Calif. -

In their final game of the three-game series, the Cal State Northridge Matadors erased two Pepperdine leads throughout the first nine innings, but were victimized by another walk-off home run, falling to the Waves 3-2 in ten innings.

It was the second time in the series that CSUN was defeated by a late-inning long-ball; in Friday's contest the host Waves grasped a win from the Matadors with a game-winning home run in the ninth inning before falling in the tenth in Sunday's contest.

In his Matador debut, starting pitcher Brian Harper showcased his skills on the mound, allowing five hits and one run over 5 1/3 innings, striking out two batters in the process.

In the fourth inning, Pepperdine took an early 1-0 lead before Matador second baseman Justin DeMarco's single through the heart of the infield drove home Ryan Pineda for the tying run in the sixth inning.

After the Waves responded by driving in the go-ahead run in the bottom half of the seventh inning, head coach Steve Rousey brought in sophomore reliver Brian Slover to squelch the Pepperdine rally.

Not only did Slover accomplish his initial goal by striking out Pepperdine's clean-up hitter to end the inning with two Waves on base, but he returned to the mound in the follwing innings, keeping the Matadors in the game with his commmanding performance on the mound.

With the home crowd in the process of gathering their belongings in preparation for leaving the ballpark, centerfielder Jeff Pruitt drew a walk from Pepperdine reliever Nick Gaudi, giving his team an opportunity to tie the game.

After Pruitt stole second base, catcher John Parham ignited the Northridge-half of the crowd with his RBI-single to left field, evening the game once again at two apiece, forcing the game to go into extra innings.

Four hours and two minutes after the game had began, Pepperdine's Nate Simon wrapped up the series with his opposite-field shot to left center that just cleared the fence, giving the Waves the victory.

With their initial games of the series now under their belts, the Matadors fought toe-to-toe with the top-ranked Waves - listed by Yahoo/Rivals.com and Baseball America as the eighth and seventeenth-best team in the nation respectively - and had the chance to win the weekend series had it not been for the late-inning heroics of the Waves.

CSUN returns to the familiar confines of Matador Field on Tuesday afternoon to face the visiting Loyola Marymount Lions. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Matadors     000 001 001 0 - 2 9 1

Pepperdine  000 100 100 1 - 3 9 1

Win - Gaudi, Nick (1-0)     Loss - Slover, Brian (0-1)

T - 4:02    A - 371