Feb. 26, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Despite a 22-and-a-half hour wait between pitches, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-2) did not miss a beat in defeating the Valparaiso Crusaders (0-4) on Saturday afternoon at Matador Field.
The game was played as a resumption of Friday's game, which was suspended in the top of the first inning due to rain.
Senior Ryan Juarez started the day on the mound for the Matadors but officially came on in relief of Carlos Gonzalez, Jr., who started the original game on Friday. Juarez took over with runners on second and third with one out and a 1-0 count to Crusader catcher Robbie Robinson. Valparaiso led the game 1-0 at the point of suspension.
Juarez got Robinson to ground out to second baseman TS Reed and a run scored, bringing the Matador deficit to 2-0. He was able to get out of the inning with a fly ball to left field to limit the damage.
The Matadors wasted no time in tying the score, as junior catcher Steven Keller hit a long two-run homerun over the right field wall.
Northridge took the lead for the first time in the bottom of the third inning. Senior Ridge Carpenter led off with a single to right field. After stealing second base, Carpenter advanced to third on a fielder's choice. Centerfielder Andrew Muren brought Carpenter home with a sacrifice fly to left field for the RBI.
The Matadors extended their lead to 4-2 in the fifth inning when Carpenter doubled home senior TS Reed from second base. A fifth run was added in the sixth frame for CSUN on a pinch-hit single down the left field line by Adam Barry.
The game was broken open in the bottom of the seventh inning for Northridge as they plated five runs and brought the score to 10-2, scoring 10 unanswered. After the first two batters were retired, Andrew Muren and Keller walked. Joshua Goossen-Brown singled to the third baseman, who threw high to first base and allowed Muren to score. Christian Allen walked to load the bases.
Valparaiso scored its first runs since the first inning in the top of the eighth, a pair of unearned runs off of relief pitcher Chris DeBoo.
In the bottom of the eighth, Keller hit a sacrifice fly to score Andrew Muren from third. After a two-out double for Goossen-Brown, Allen got his first hit of the season, a deep two-run homerun to left field.
Juarez (1-1) pitched 6.2 scoreless innings for the Matadors, allowing four hits and striking out six to earn his first victory of the season.
The series continues tomorrow with a doubleheader at Matador Field beginning at 11 a.m.