February 27, 2009

Third Time is the Charm for the Matadors

Feb. 27, 2009

Final Stats

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

Dominic D'Anna's two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh capped off an explosive inning for the Matadors (2-2), as they cemented their come-from-behind effort with another two runs in the eighth to defeat the visiting Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-2) 8-4 Friday afternoon.

After Texas Tech took the lead off of a solo home run in the fourth inning, D'Anna's single in the bottom-half of that same frame drove in Richard Cates to tie the game at one.

The Red Raiders wasted no time in recapturing the lead as in the very next inning, only to see their advantage disappear one again once the Matadors came up to bat.

After centerfielder Jason Pruitt and catcher John Parham reached base, third baseman Ryan Pineda hit his third double of the season, driving in the tying runs in the process.

In only four games, Pineda has driven in six runs, leading the team in that category by only one RBI over Parham, who earned his fifth RBI by belting his second home run of the season, a solo shot, that sparked the Matador offense in the seventh inning.

Shortly after Parham's long-ball, Cates reached base on a bloop bunt that was hit just hard enough to elude the outstretched hands of the Red Raider defense, and was driven home only two batters later as D'Anna earned his second and third RBI of the day on a two-run home run that easily sailed over the wall in right field.

After battling back on three seperate occasions to tie the contest, the Matadors finally took the lead after all was said and done in the seventh inning, a 5-4 advantage that they would pad with two more insurance runs in the eighth before heading to the clubhouse with their second victory of the season.

Pitching in relief for Ryan McCarney was Paul Tremlin, whi finished the afternoon having given up only one hit, earning the victory in the process.

Starting today for Coach Rousey, McCarney struckout another five batters, and gave up only six hits in his 5.2 innings pitched on the day. That stat-line could have been a lot worse had the Matador defense not stepped up during the middle innings as two potential Red Raider scoring opportunities were destroyed as runners were picked off at first base twice during the game, and caught stealing on another two occasions.

Second baseman Westley Wright and Jason Dabbs both started their first game of the 2009 season against Texas Tech; with Dabbs picking up one hit and scoring one run on the day.

Taking the mound in tomorrow's game for the Matadors will be Ryan Juarez as he makes his second start of the season against Texas Tech's Miles Morgan. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Before the game, the 1970 Baseball National Championship team will be honored in a pre-game ceremony as they become the first team ever to be inducted into the Cal State Northridge Matador Athletics Hall of Fame. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to secure their seats and become part of CSUN's Hall of Fame weekend.

Texas Tech   000 121 000 - 4  8  2 

Matadors      000 120 32X - 8 14 2

Win - Tremlin (1-0)     Loss - Large (0-1)     Save - Slover (1)

E - Mayo; Pineda; Dabba.  DP - Texas Tech 2.  LOB - Texas Tech 4; CSUN 9.  2B - Pineda (3)   HR - Ashby (1); Parham (2); D'Anna (2).   HBP - Pruitt.   SH - Mayo (1).   SB - Ashby (1); Pruitt (4); Cates (1); Belanger (1).   CS - Kenworthy (1); LeJeune (1).   Reached on CI - D'Anna

T - 3:07     A - 185