March 20, 2010
BELLEVUE, Wash. - By scoring runs in each of the last four innings, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (12-6) swept Saturday's doubleheader against Seattle University (3-14) to win their second game of the day by a score of 6-3.
Earning his first win as a Matador was Shawn Wilyman as the right-hander threw seven full innings, striking out four on the afternoon.
Wilyman refused to let Seattle's early scoring opportunities shake his poise or confidence; after the Redhawks scored one run in the third the Matador starter retired all three batters in order in the four subsequent innings pitched before reliever Billy Ott entered the game in-relief.
With the win, Northridge claimed their second consecutive weekend series after taking two of three games from Loyola Marymount the previous weekend.
Unlike the first two games of the series where CSUN jumped out to an early advantage, it was Seattle who scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the early lead.
Northridge wasted no time in creating a scoring opportunity of their own when a single through the middle of the infield by catcher Connor Rhoads drove in centerfielder Nate Ring with two outs in the second to slice the Redhawk lead in half.
Seattle would re-establish their two run lead in the bottom of the third when right-fielder Sean Narby scored on teammate Riley Tompkins' single through the middle after leading off the inning with a single of his own to left field.
With runners on second and third and looking to add to their lead, Matador starter Wilyman struckout back-to-back batters looking to end the inning.
All three Redhawk outs in their half in the third were earned via strikeout. The score would remain 3-1 until second baseman Ryan Pineda hit an opposite-field solo home run, his fourth of the season, in the top of the sixth inning to score CSUN's second run of the game.
Ring led off the seventh inning with a double down the line in left field to place himself, the tying run, in scoring position before advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by Rhoads.
A deep fly ball to right field by shortstop TS Reed would bring Ring home to tie the game at 3-3.
It took eight innings before Northridge wrestled the lead from Seattle as first baseman Dominic D'Anna turned on a Cody Goodfellow pitch and hit his fourth home run of the season.
D'Anna drove in designated hitter Drew Muren who initially reached base on a five-pitch walk to give his team a 5-3 lead.
After Ring lead off the ninth by reaching base, this time on a six-pitch walk, Rhoads annihilated a 1-0 Goodfellow pitch through the left side of the infield to enable Ring to go from first to third.
Reed would then lay down a beauty of a bunt towards first base that enabled Ring to score and stretch the CSUN lead to 6-3.
After Ott secured all three outs during his one-inning stint on the mound, closer Jimmy Jolicoeur entered the game in the ninth inning to secure the victory and earn his third save of the season.
After allowing eight hits to the Redhawks in the first three innings, the combined efforts of Wilyman, Ott, and Jolicoeur allowed only three hits to their opponents throughout the last six innings of the game.
Sunday's series finale will take place at 11 a.m. at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Wash. Live Stats and an internet radio broadcast will be available at GoMatadors.com.
Matadors 010 001 121 - 6 9 0
Seattle 201 000 001 - 4 11 0
Win - Wilyman (1-2) Loss - Goodfellow (0-2) Save - Jolicoeur (3)
A - 166 T - 2:38