March 13, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - John Parham's single up the middle of the infield in the bottom of the 11th inning capped of a Cal State Northridge (6-8) come-from-behind effort as TS Reed scored from third to snap the Matador's four-game skid in a 4-3 win over #25-ranked San Jose State Spartans (9-3).
The win improves the Matador's record at home to 6-2 while the Spartans suffered their third consecutive defeat after opening up the season with nine straight wins.
CSUN took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning as Spartan pitcher David Berner walked second baseman Justin DeMarco with the bases loaded to force in the first run of the afternoon.
The Spartans would retaliate with one run of their own to even the score at one after four innings, and eventually took the lead thanks to a two-run home run by outfielder Jason Martin.
After Chris Hannick hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot, in the bottom of the seventh to slice the Spartan lead in half, centerfielder Jeff Pruitt legged out his second triple of the season to keep the Matador rally alive.
Were in not for a brilliant diving catch by Spartan centerfielder Tommy Gale, John Parham would have driven in Pruitt to tie the game. Instead, his line-drive shot to left-centerfielder was snared by Gale who had to cover a considerable amount of territory in the outfield before making the diving grab to silence the partisan crowd, and preserve the lead for San Jose State.
That lead would disappear in the ninth inning however after Hannick singled through the left side of the infield to give his team a opportunity to even up the game. Once TS Reed entered the game to pinch-run for Hannick, he eventually rounded the bases thanks to a passed ball, a Todd Eskelin fielder's choice, and a single to left field by Pruitt that tied the game at three apiece.
The score would remain that way intil the bottom of the 11th inning thanks to a leadoff single by Reed and a sacrifice bunt by Eskelin that placed the winning run in scoring position.
After Billy Swanson was intentionally walked to set up a force play on all three bases, Jeff Pruitt reached on a fielder's choice; even through Eskelin was out on the play, Reed advanced on the play and was only 90 feet away from ending the game.
It was then when Parham swung on a 2-2 pitch hit a ground ball through the heart of the infield, into shallow centerfielder to drive in the winning run for the Matadors.
Having been robbed of a potential RBI in the seventh, Parham's hit ensured the Spartans would have to wait another day to win their first game ever at Matador Field.
Ryan Pineda kept his Big West Conference-leading hit streak alive with his single to left-field in the first inning, a streak that now stands at 14 games.
RHP Ryan Juarez (2-1, 7.20) will take the mound for the Matadors Saturday afternoon as he squares off against Spartan starter Max Peterson (2-0, 3.26) as Northridge looks for their fifth home win in the last six games played at Matador Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
San Jose State 000 102 000 00 - 3 12 2
Matadors 100 000 101 01 - 4 7 1
Win - Jolicoeur (2-2) Loss - Adams (0-1)
A - 175 T - 3:04