March 29, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
Fresh off of a stellar defensive effort in a 2-1 victory over Loyola Marymount University at Matador Field last Sunday, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (14-11) could not contain the San Diego State Aztecs (8-17) on the road at Tony Gwynn Stadium in a 10-0 loss Tuesday night.
The Matadors' pitching staff limited the Aztecs to just two runs after the first two innings despite San Diego State having multiple runners in scoring position in the early innings.
San Diego State saw the leadoff man walk to start the home half of the first inning and a double advanced him to third with no outs. Starting pitcher Carlos Gonzalez, Jr. (1-1) allowed just one runner to score in the inning.
In the top of the second, the Aztecs led off with a homerun to increase the lead to 2-0 but were unable to bring around more runs.
The margin remained two until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Aztecs batted around the order, erupting for seven runs that were scored by way of a three-run homerun and two singles that scored a pair of runs apiece. After five innings, the lead ballooned to 9-0, and the final run was scored in the bottom of the sixth after the Matador bullpen clamped down.
Unfortunately for the Matadors, the hot bats were nowhere to be found. The best scoring opportunity for Northridge came in the top of the third inning after Ridge Carpenter recorded the first Matador hit with one out. With two outs, Carpenter stole second base and both Steven Keller and Joshua Goossen-Brown walked to load the bases, but a new pitcher for the Aztecs was able to induce a ground ball to end the inning.
The Matadors also got hits from Marty Bowen and Justin De Marco, both of whom came off of the bench as defensive replacements and finished 1-for-1 with a single. In all, Northridge used 21 different players in the game as the team looks to prepare everyone for the start of the conference season this weekend.
Carpenter finished the game with a walk and a stolen base to increase his team lead in those categories to 15 and 11, respectively.
Cal State Northridge will return to action this weekend as they travel south to Irvine to take on the No. 19 ranked Anteaters of UCI for three games to open Big West play. The first game is scheduled for Friday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. Following the series with UC Irvine, the Matadors will finish off their season-high five-game road trip with a single game at UNLV on Tuesday, April 5.
The next home game is scheduled for April 8 at 3 p.m. against Cal State Bakersfield.