March 19, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
After losing a close decision in the series opener 3-1, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (13-8) have now won two games in a row after defeating the Sacramento State Hornets (5-16) by a score of 10-5 at Matador Field. With the victory, the Matadors have now won two different series this season, the other by taking three games against Valparaiso on February 25-27.
Northridge has scored in double figures in back-to-back games and recorded 27 hits against the Hornets over the final two games to earn the series victory.
Sacramento State started the scoring in the top of the first inning of the series finale, putting up two runs on starter Justen Gorski (3-1) before the Matadors had a chance to bat.
Northridge wasted no time in responding, tying the score at two runs apiece in the bottom half of the first. With one out, sophomore Kyle Attl singled up the middle and redshirt junior Andrew Muren reached base on a fielder's choice as Attl advanced to second on a dropped throw to second base.
The Matadors took the lead for the first time in the bottom of the fourth inning following a leadoff single by Adam Barry. Barry stole second with one out and scored on an RBI single to center field by Tommy Simis, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. A bunt single for TS Reed and a drawn walk by Ridge Carpenter loaded the bases again for Northridge.
With two outs, Muren singled through the right side to drive in two RBI, scoring Simis and Reed to go ahead 5-2.
Four more Matadors scored in the bottom of the sixth inning after Simis leadoff with a solo homerun to left field, his first of the season. Reed followed with a walk and later advanced to third base as Carpenter reached base on an error.
Attl converted a safety squeeze attempt, scoring Reed from third base as he legged out a single. Carpenter scored on a double play as the Hornets traded two outs for a run, giving the Matadors an 8-2 lead. Goossen-Brown (2-for-5) pushed the lead to seven runs on a single to center field, bringing in his third RBI of the game.
The final Northridge run was scored in the bottom of the seventh as Carpenter singled down the leftfield line to score Simis from third.
Sacramento State plated three runs over the final two innings but the comeback fell short as the Matadors came away with the 10-5 victory.
Gorski pitched 7.0 innings and struckout four to earn his third win of the year. Goossen-Brown finished with three RBI and Muren and Simis recorded two each.
The Matadors will return to action with a series against the Lions of Loyola Marymount University next weekend. The first game is scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m. at Matador Field.