March 20, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Even though the Columbia Lions (2-13) were able to collect 11 hits on the afternoon, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (7-12) all but gave away Friday's game to their opponents as they committed five errors on the day en route to a 10-1 defeat.
The Matadors will not have much of an opportunity to dwell on their performance as both teams return to Matador Field early Saturday morning to close out their weekend series with a doubleheader that begins at 11:00 a.m.
The second game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game, but will not start until 2:30 p.m. at the earliest.
After Columbia jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the third inning on a walk with the bases loaded, the Matadors prevented any further damage as starting pitcher Bryan Harper forced Lion first baseman Ron Williams to ground out to end the inning.
For the first six innings, the Matadors were held scoreless; a situation that changed in the seventh as catcher John Parham opened up the inning with a double down the left-field line. After advancing to third on a fly-ball to right-field from designated hitter Brian Slover, Jason Dabbs brought Parham home on a single that rocketed through the middle of the infield into centerfield.
Unfortunately for the Matadors what took place in-between Columbia's first run in the third, and their first run of the game scored in the seventh prevented them from winning back-to-back games as their opponents scored seven runs on eight hits during the middle-third of the game.
During those three innings, Northridge committed an uncharacteristic number of errors as their four miscues made a tough situation even more difficult; the Matadors have been able to conjure a number of late-inning rallies so far this season, but the deficit was large enough to withstand any end-of-game heroics as the Lions scored an additional run in both the eighth and the ninth inning to seal the victory.
Wright pitched the ninth inning and allowed only one run on one hit, and Simis battled back-and-forth for a number of pitches against Lion reliever Harrison Slutsky before recording the second out of the inning on a pop-up to second base.
Before today's game even began, both head coaches came to an agreement to re-schedule Sunday's game due to an incoming storm that is expected to hit Northridge Saturday evening and morph a game-ready field into a rain-soaked playing surface that is unsuitable for competition.
Matador RHP Ryan Juarez (2-2, 7.36) will start the early game for Northridge and face Lions' RHP Roger Aquino (1-1, 4.97) with Davin Tate (0-0, 0.00) making his second start of the season for CSUN against RHP Pat Lowery (0-1, 2.84).
Baseball fans can follow all of the action live on their computer at www.GoMatadors.com on GameTracker, with the voice of Matador Baseball Dave Caldwell broadcasting the back-half of the doubleheader only.
Columbia 001 300 411 - 10 11 1 Northridge 000 000 100 - 1 5 5
Win - Bracey (1-3) Loss - Harper (1-2) T - 3:01 A - 287