March 5, 2011
BEAUMONT, Texas - In a pitching duel at Vincent-Beck Stadium, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (6-5) outlasted the University of San Francisco Dons (4-7) on Day 3 of the YMBL Cardinal Classic, hosted by Lamar University.
The Matadors and Dons were locked into a tight battle for much of the game as pitching and defense overpowered the offense for both teams on a cold night in Beaumont, Texas.
The Matadors' starting pitcher, Alex Muren, made his first start of the season and allowed just one hit in 5.2 innings, striking out two.
Northridge was able to break through the deadlock in the bottom of the third inning following a one-out walk by senior TS Reed. Ridge Carpenter singled to the shortstop, who was deep in the infield hole, and advanced to second on the errant throw to first. Reed moved up to third base on the play.
Andrew Muren grounded out to second base, scoring Reed from third, to give the Matadors a 1-0 lead that they held until the seventh inning.
Pitching continued to get the best of hitting, as USF starter Matt Hiserman retired eleven straight hitters following Carpenter's third inning single. Designated hitter Marty Bowen ended the slump by extending his current hit streak to seven games with a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh.
The 2-0 Matador lead was erased in the top of the eighth as the Dons plated two runs with one out. Senior Ryan Juarez came in to relieve Jacob Petersen and got an inning-ending double play with runners on first and third. The ground ball to third was fielded by Tommy Simis, who threw to second baseman Reed. Reed made an excellent play on the throw, getting the out at second and relaying the ball to first to end the inning and keep the game tied.
Attl walked for CSUN in the bottom of the tenth to lead things off. Reed sacrificed him over to second, and Carpenter walked. Andrew Muren beat out an infield single to the first baseman to load the bases, before a sacrifice fly by catcher Steven Keller scored Attl as the winning run from third.
Keller went 1-for-4 in the game to extend his team-high hit streak to eight games. Juarez (2-2) was credited with the victory.
The game was originally scheduled to start at 7 p.m. local time, but was pushed back to 8 p.m. due to rain storms that moved through the area and delayed the day's earlier games.
The Matadors will wrap up play at the YMBL Cardinal Classic tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT when they take on the host Lamar Cardinals for the second time in three days at Vincent-Beck Stadium and will return home to face the San Diego State Aztecs on Tuesday afternoon at Matador Field.