Feb. 27, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
After dropping the first game of a doubleheader against the Valparaiso Crusaders (1-5), the Cal State Northridge Matadors (4-3) came from behind for a 5-2 victory in game two to earn the split on Sunday afternoon at Matador Field.
The Crusaders took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third after catcher Corey Thibault was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning by Matador pitcher Jacob Petersen. Thibault scored after a pair of singles found their way through the infield. Petersen later walked the bases loaded and was replaced by Alex Muren, who made his first appearance on the mound this season for Northridge.
Muren walked the first batter he faced, forcing home the second Valparaiso run.
The Matadors wasted no time getting back into the game, as they were able to post three runs onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. Senior TS Reed hit a double to left center with one out to get into scoring position. Rightfielder Ridge Carpenter hit a hard ball into the hole in the left side of the infield and was safe at first with a single.
With one out, senior Andrew Muren hit a sharp chopper back to the pitcher who threw over the first baseman's head and down the right field line, scoring both Reed and Carpenter and allowing Muren to advance to third base. The Matadors took the lead for good at 3-2 as catcher Steven Keller hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Muren.
Northridge added the final two runs in the seventh inning, thanks in part again to Keller. With Muren on first base after a two-out walk, Keller hit an RBI triple down the right field line. Christian Allen singled him home to extend the lead to 5-2.
Alex Muren (1-0) came in to replace Petersen as the pitcher with two out in the third inning and allowed one hit in two innings to earn his first win of the year. Sophomore Joshua Goossen-Brown pitched the final 4.1 innings for the Matadors and was credited with his first save of the season.
The series finale will take place tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Matador Field.
Game 1 Recap (Published Earlier):
The Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-3) were unable to complete a late comback against the Valparaiso Crusaders (1-4) in a 2-1 loss in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Matador Field.
The Matadors surrendered only two hits in the contest, back to back singles up the middle in the top of the fourth inning. The Crusaders were able to capitalize on the opportunity, using timely sacrifice hits to score two runs in their half of the fourth.
Northridge cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fifth inning after senior Justin De Marco got his first hit of the season, a double into the right-centerfield gap. Catcher Marty Bowen followed with a single down the left field line to score De Marco and advanced to second on the fielding error by the leftfielder.
The Matadors had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Steven Keller led off the inning with a single to left. Alec Cortez pinch-ran for Keller and was moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by first baseman Christian Allen.
A groundball to third base by De Marco was unable to move up Cortez, and pinch hitter Alex Muren lined out to end the game.
Vincent Roberts (0-2) started on the mound for the Matadors and went six innings, giving up two hits and two runs while striking out seven Crusaders in the loss.