April 2, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge (16-9, 0-2 BWC) erased a two-run deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning against #24 UC Irvine (16-8, 2-0 BWC) to tie the game at 3-3, but the Anteaters would respond with two runs in the top of the sixth to defeat the Matadors by a score of 5-3 Friday afternoon
CSUN will look to earn their first conference victory Saturday afternoon as Matador right-hander Alex Muren will square-off against Anteater right-hander Eric Pettis in the series finale.
Unlike Thursday's game where UCI was the first team to light up the scoreboard, the Matadors wasted no time in taking an early 1-0 lead when centerfielder Drew Muren hit his second home run of the season to right field.
During the first three innings of the game, the crowd at Matador Field witnessed a classic pitching duel as starters Paul Tremlin and Christian Bergman prevented either team from scoring until the middle-third of the game.
It was during the fourth-sixth innings when each teams took their turn driving in runs; seven of the eight runs scored during the game took place from the fourth-sixth innings.
Up 1-0, CSUN saw the lead swing towards the Anteater's direction after their set of at-bats in the top of the fourth inning, a scoring opportunity that literally came to fruition by a matter of inches.
After each of the first two batters drew a walk to reach base, Irvine catcher Francis Larson turned on a pitch and lifted the ball into the air in left field.
As the ball continued to curve towards foul territory on its path towards the left-field corner of the ballpark, everyone in attendance waited to witness the final result of Larson's swing as the trajectory of the ball was inconclusive in determining its final landing spot.
Had Larson hit the ball 324 and 1/2 feet, it would have just been a hard-hit foul ball. Instead, the ball traveled the full 325 feet (the exact dimension down the line at left) and ricocheted off the inside half of the foul pole for a home run.
Instead of enabling the disappointment of the action that took place in the fourth to affect their play during the remainder of the afternoon, the Matadors stormed back in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at three apiece.
After catcher Dominic Piazza led off the inning with a single to right field, Ridge Carpenter soon joined him on base when Larson could not cleanly handle a third-strike that was swung at, eventually kicking the ball toward his dugout, enabling the left-fielder to take first base.
Muren then drove in the first run with his single to right field, enabling Carpenter to advance to third on the play.
First baseman Dominic D'Anna then reached base with his single to short, beating out the throw to tie the game at three.
The hit was D'Anna's second on the afternoon, following his effort in the fourth inning that extended his hit streak to 17 games on his single to left field.
A home run hit in the top of the sixth would eventually break the tie, an advantage that the visitors would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.
The final game of the series is scheduled to take place Saturday at 1:00 p.m., a live internet broadcast of the contest will be available at GoMatadors.com.
UC Irvine 000 302 000 - 5 11 1 Matadors 100 020 000 - 3 8 1
Win - Bergman (3-1) Loss - Tremlin (5-2) Save - Necke (4) T - 3:02 A - 277