March 12, 2011
COMPTON, Calif. -
After dropping the series opener against Lafayette College on Friday, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (10-6) rebounded by sweeping the Leopards (3-7) in a nonconference doubleheader at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif.
Late innings proved to be the key in the first game of the twin billing, but the second contest was quite the opposite. Lafayette scored three times in the top of the first inning to force the issue, as the Matadors needed to hold on late in Game 1 to preserve the victory.
Northridge came out on the right foot, as they scored two of their own in the bottom of the first. Designated hitter Steven Keller singled in two runs as Andrew Muren and Ridge Carpenter scored following a double steal with no outs. Keller finished hit 3-for-5 in Game 2 with 4 RBI and two runs scored.
After Lafayette extended the lead back to three runs at 5-2 in the second, Northridge was able to tie the game in the bottom of the second frame thanks to the bat of Keller once again. Following a one-out double by Muren, Keller tripled to left field to score second baseman TS Reed and Muren. Keller later scored by way of a sacrifice fly from catcher Marty Bowen.
The Matadors scored one run in both the third and fourth innings to take their first lead and go ahead 7-5. In the third inning, Justen De Marco walked to leadoff and later scored on an RBI single by Carpenter. In the next inning, De Marco's single to left center with two outs to score Keller from second.
The Leopards added a run in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to 7-6, but the Matador bullpen was able to hold on to preserve the victory for Jacob Petersen (2-0). Paul Tremlin threw the final 1.1 innings to earn his first save of the game.
The series finale will be played at Matador Field on Sunday, Mar. 13 at 1 p.m.
Game 1 Recap (Published Earlier):
Behind timely hits following defensive errors, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (9-6) defeated the Lafayette College Leopards (3-6) in the first game of a doubleheader at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. 7-5 in seven innings.
Lafayette scored the first run of the game in the first inning off of starting pitcher Alex Muren (2-0), who pitched 5.0 innings and struckout two en route to his second win of the season.
The Matadors responded with runs in the second, third, and fourth innings to take a 4-1 lead in the contest that was scheduled for seven innings.
Centerfielder Andrew Muren followed an RBI single by Ridge Carpenter in the bottom of the sixth inning with a run-scoring double of his own and later scored when the Lafayette third baseman misplayed the relay throw on a fly ball from Steven Keller to put the Matadors ahead 7-3 going into the last inning.
Carpenter finished 2-for-3 with a walk, RBI and run scored, and Drew Muren was 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Joshua Goossen-Brown pitched the sixth and seventh innings for Northridge to earn his second save of the season.
Game two of the doubleheader will be played at approximately 4 p.m. following a brief intermission. Today's games count as neutral site contests, but Cal State Northridge is considered the home team for both games as the original games were rescheduled to the Urban Youth Academy from Matador Field.