March 3, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
In the bottom of the ninth inning, it looked like CSUN (4-4) was about to mount another come-from-behind effort; in Sunday's game against Texas Tech, the Matadors score the tying and game-winning runs within moments of one another to steal the victory out of the Red Raider's hands at the last moment.
Down 3-0 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Matadors could not take advantage of a two-out double hit by third baseman Dominic D'Anna, and ended up on the wrong side of a 3-0 ballgame against the visiting Evansville Purple Aces (2-4).
The loss snapped the Matador's three-game winning streak, created after successfully sweeping Texas Tech in a three-game series last weekend.
A combination of singles and Matador errors in the first inning led to the Purple Aces first two runs of the game. Two frames later, the Purple Aces took full advantage of a Longpre hit batsman as Evansville third baseman Cody Fick eventually scored the third run of the game on the back-end of a successful double steal.
First inning notwithstanding, Matador started Bryan Longpre had a solid performance on the bump as he only allowed six hits over his six innings pitched.
But it was the effort of Evansville starter Wade Kapteyn that kept CSUN at bay; after scoring a 18 runs combined in their last three games against Texas Tech, the Matador bats were only able to produce six hits on the day.
Responsible for half of CSUN's offense was third baseman Richard Cates as he went 3-for-4 at the plate, and was the only Matador who was able to find success at the plate on a consistent basis throughout the game.
The Matadors look to end their six-game homestand on a successful note as they face the Evansville Purple Aces one more time in their series finale Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
There will be no radio for tomorrow's game, however Gametracker will be available for those fans unable to make it to Matador Field.
NOTE: During CSUN's upcoming road trip at Nebraska, all four games will be available via Gametracker for Matador baseball fans to follow all the action live and on-line.