March 1, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge baseball team again displayed late-inning offense for the second time in as many days, as they posted a 9-4 victory over Waseda University (Japan) in an exhibition game at Matador Field Monday afternoon.
Off the heels of a walk-off two run home run by Ryan Pineda that defeated Pepperdine 7-6 the previous day, the Matadors lit up the scoreboard five times in the eighth, highlighted by Dominic D'Anna's pinch-hit RBI single that proved to be the difference in their game versus the visiting Bears.
The inning began with a single from Billy Swanson, his second of the afternoon. Head Coach Steve Rousey then called upon his bench as he sent C.J. Belanger to the plate, the first of three pinch-hitters in the inning. Belanger executed a perfect sacrifice bunt that moved Swanson into scoring position. Next, D'Anna made his first appearance in the game with an opportunity to break the 4-4 tie.
D'Anna promptly lined a bullet into center field that drove in Swanson, putting the Matadors ahead 5-4. After TS Reed singled and Ryan Pineda reached on a hit-by-pitch, Tommy Simis stepped to plate with the bases full of Matadors.
Simis singled an 0-2 pitch to right field that drove in D'Anna and Reed, stretching the CSUN lead to 7-4.
Dominic Piazza added two more insurance runs on the board for Northridge by doubling to right field that brought home Simis and Pineda for a 9-4 advantage. The five run cushion was more than enough for the Matador pitching staff, as three pitchers combined to retire the final three outs consecutively in the ninth to secure the victory.
At the outset of the game, CSUN jumped all over Waseda starting pitcher Yuki Saito, scoring four times over the first three innings, building an early 4-0 lead. In the bottom half of the first, the Matadors scored on a double steal, as Jason Dabbs stole home and Swanson stole second.
Northridge added two runs in the second on a Simis RBI single, and on a Bears miscue in right field off the bat of Kyle Attl, which scored Alex Muren. In the third they stretched their lead to 4-0 after Swanson scored on a double-play ball.
Starting pitcher Muren delivered a strong performance for Northridge, as he threw 4.1 innings and only surrendered a single earned run. However, in the fifth Waseda was able to get to the Matador freshman scoring four times, albeit three of those runs being unearned.
After the four-run fifth inning tied the score at 4-4, the Matador bullpen shutdown the Bears for the remainder of the game. A total of seven different CSUN relievers combined to throw 4.2 scoreless innings. Bryan Longpre earned the victory in the game by retiring the side in order in the eighth inning.
Second baseman, Simis, had a productive 3-for-4 day at the plate, as he drove in three runs and scored a run. Two other Matadors had multi-hit games, as Swanson and Marty Bowen added two hits apiece for CSUN.
The Matadors will resume their 2010 regular season schedule this Friday, as they continue their six game homestand against Connecticut in the first of a four-game series. First pitch is scheduled for a 2 p.m. at Matador Field.
Waseda 000 040 000 - 4 9 2
Matadors 121 000 05X - 9 13 2
Win - Longpre Loss - Fukui Save - None
T - 2:51 A - 225