March 5, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - After Connecticut (3-1) jumped out to an early lead, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (4-3) assembled a two-run seventh inning scoring opportunity of their own to decrease the Husky lead. Unfortunately for the Matadors, Connecticut responded with two runs of their own in the ninth to win the first game of a four-game series scheduled to take place this weekend.
CSUN will look to even the series Saturday afternoon when both teams return to Matador Field, first pitch Saturday will take place at 1:00 p.m.
Even though rain is expected, tomorrow's game will still take place as scheduled. If there are any changes, GoMatadors.com will post the latest information as soon as it is received by athletic personnel.
RHP Paul Tremlin (2-0, 7.20) will take the bump for CSUN tomorrow against Husky left-hander Greg Nappo (1-0, 3.00).
Connecticut jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when catcher Joe Pavone hit the only home run of the game over the fence in left-centerfield during the second inning, scoring teammate Mike Nemeth.
Unfazed by the actions that unfolded in the top-half of the inning, Northridge responded with one run of their own to quickly cut the Husky lead in half.
After reaching base on a catcher's interference, designated hitter Chris Allen advanced to second on a groundout to the first baseman by Dominic Piazza before completing his trip around the bases when shortstop TS Reed singled to right field to drive in the first Matador run of the game.
Connecticut would extend their lead later in the game after scoring one run in the fifth, sixth, and seventh inning to increase their advantage to 5-1.
No stranger to assembling come-from-behind efforts this season, CSUN began chipping away at the Husky lead with their set of at-bats in the bottom of the seventh inning, trimming the lead down to 5-3.
Back-to-back singles from Carpenter and centerfielder Drew Muren started the comeback effort; heads-up baserunning from Carpenter on Muren's hit enabled the junior transfer to advance from first to third to put himself in scoring position.
Second baseman Ryan Pineda then struckout swinging, but noticed that Pavone enabled the ball to bounce between his legs towards the backstop on the play. Pineda then hustled down the line to reach base safely as Carpenter scored on the wild pitch.
First baseman Dominic D'Anna then drove in the second run of the inning on his sacrifice fly to left field to score Muren.
The score would remain 5-3 until the top of the ninth when Connecticut scored another two runs on a double and three singles to win the inaugural game of the series.
Saturday's game will be available on GameTracker at GoMatadors.com.