February 23, 2010

Matadors Jump Out to Early Lead, Defeat #18 San Diego 7-1

Feb. 23, 2010

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - After falling behind in the first inning the Cal State Northridge Matadors (2-2) scored seven unanswered runs to earn their second victory of the season against the #18-ranked San Diego Toreros.

San Diego jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning before the Matadors were able to respond in the second with a four-run effort of their own the very next inning.

Third baseman Justin DeMarco led things off with a single through the middle of the infield, followed by another single by left-fielder C.J. Belanger.

The duo then pulled off a successful double-steal before second baseman Jason Dabbs drove in the first run of the game for CSUN as DeMarco successfully slid under the tag of Torero catcher Nick McCoy to tie the game.

Shortstop TS Reed then sacrificed Dabbs over to second base on a well-placed bunt that only gave San Diego an opportunity to earn an out at first base before right-fielder Ridge Carpenter enabled both Belanger and Dabbs to score on a single that was lined through the middle into shallow centerfield.

Carpenter then stole his fourth base of the season to put himself in scoring position, advanced to third on a groundout to the shortstop by Drew Muren, then scored the fourth and final run of the inning on a Ryan Pineda single through the left side of the diamond.

The momentum created in the second began to swell after Northridge returned to the dugout once San Diego took their swings in the bottom of the inning; with runners on second and third, and one out in the inning, freshman starter Alex Muren forced Torero centerfielder Kevin Muno to strikeout swinging and catcher Nick McCoy to fly out to right field to eradicate San Diego's scoring opportunity.

After leading off the inning with a hit in his previous at-bat, DeMarco successfully reached base once again when he hit his second double of the season to left-centerfield.

As was the case in the previous inning, Belanger then followed with a single to reach base before Dabbs flied out to right field to advance DeMarco to third.

Replicating his efforts during his previous at-bat, Reed laid down a successful sacrifice bunt that enabled DeMarco to scamper home to increase the CSUN lead to 5-1. Once the first two San Diego batters reached base to start their half of the third, head coach Steve Rousey summoned right-hander Justen Gorski from the bullpen in an attempt to squelch any potential scoring opportunity.

Gorski started his afternoon on a high note as only moments after entering the game; he successfully picked off the runner at second to record both the first Matador pick-off of the season and the first out of the inning.

Last season the Matadors picked-off a record 32 runners, with Gorski successful on two occasions.

A Torero single and fielder's choice later, the bases were then loaded before Gorski forced Torero third baseman Steven Chatwood to hit a pop-up to shallow left field for the third out of the inning.

After entering the game last Friday against Bethune-Cookman, and last Sunday at UCLA as a pinch-hitter/outfielder, Muren pitched two full innings, giving up only one run on three hits, striking out two batters in his debut on the mound.

The score remained the same until the top of the sixth when Northridge added another run to increase their lead to 6-1.

With one out in the inning, Muren singled to left field, advancing to third when Pineda singled down the left field line.

First baseman Dominic D'Anna earned his fourth RBI of the season when Muren scored from third on his sacrifice fly to left field.

The score would remain unchanged until the top of the ninth inning when DeMarco led off the inning by reaching base for the third time in the game when he drew a base on balls.

DeMarco then went from first to third on a single to right center by Dabbs, and scored for the third time in the game when Ridge Carpenter split the third baseman and shortstop with a single through the left side of the diamond.

With the score 7-1 in the Matadors' favor, right-hander Jimmy Jolicoeur entered the game in the ninth and retired the side in order to give the Matadors their second victory of the season.

DeMarco finished the game batting 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, and scored three of the Matadors' seven runs, while teammate Gorski pitched five near-perfect innings as he only allowed four hits during his scoreless stint on the mound to pick up the win.

The 2010 home opener is up next for the Matadors as they begin their home schedule against the Pepperdine Waves this Friday at Matador Field. First pitch will take place at 2:00 p.m.

Matadors  041 001 001 - 7 15 3

San Diego 100 000 000 - 1 8 2

Win - Gorski (1-0) Loss - Schmidt (0-1) Save - None

A - 207 T - 3:21

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