March 8, 2009
LINCOLN, Neb. - Home runs in the second, third, and fourth inning would provide the Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-3-1) all the necessary offense as they completed the series sweep against the Cal State Northridge Matadors (5-8) Sunday afternoon 8-2.
CSUN will now return to the friendlier confines of Matador Field to open up a weekend series against the San Jose State Spartans in the first game of an eight-game homestand.
On an windy afternoon, the partisan crowd witnessed three fly balls to right-center field morph from routine putouts into fence-clearing souvenirs for seven of the eight runs scored on the day by the host team.
The Matadors were able to generate a run in the fourth inning as Richard Cates became the first Matador to reach scoring position with his one-out double to the gap in left center.
He later reached home on a Dominic D'Anna single through the right-side of the infield for the Matadors initial run of the game.
Singles by D'Anna and Chris Hannick in the ninth inning were the catalyst for CSUN's final scoring opportunity of the series; D'Anna eventually advanced around the diamond and scored on a single by Jeff Pruitt to centerfield.
Both Ryan Pineda and D'Anna kept their hit streaks alive as Pineda has hit safely in all 13 games this season, with D'Anna not far behind with his ten game streak.
D'Anna and Cates each finished the day hitting 2-for-4, the fifth multi-hit game for each player.
After Nebraska's initial home runs, they tacked on two additional insurance runs, once in the fourth inning and again in the fifth.
`Husker Jeff Tezak followed home run #3 with a double of his own, eventually driven in by his teammate Cody Neer on his single after Tezak advanced to third on a wild pitch.
In the fifth, Nebraska capitalized on four straight singles as Kyle Bubak scored their eighth and final run of the game.
The damage could have been even greater had it not been for the performances of RHP's Jimmy Jolicoeur and P.J. Rousey as each took turns pitching in-relief for Matador starter Bryan Harper during the inning.
Jolicoeur struck out one batter, and forced another `Husker to fly out to centerfield before Rousey entered the game and forced another fly ball to left field to squelch what turned out to be the final scoring opportunity of the game for Nebraska.
Brian Slover emerged from the bullpen to close out the game for CSUN, allowing only two hits and zero runs in his 2.1 innings on the mound.
After a tough weekend, Northridge will fly back to Southern California on Monday, and begin preparations for their next opponent, the San Jose State Spartans.
With Sunday's loss, the Matador's road record fell to 0-6 compared to their 5-2 mark at Matador Field.
The Matadors now have four days off utilize and prepare for the Spartans as the first game of a three-game weekend series will begin on Friday, March 13th, with first pitch scheduled to take place at 3 p.m.
Matadors 000 100 001 - 2 9 1
Nebraska 032 210 00X - 8 13 0
Win - Mariot, M. (1-0) Loss - Harper (0-1)
T - 3:12 A - 1564