April 10, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge Matadors (16-14) fell to the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (14-15) by the score of 5-0 Saturday afternoon at Matador Field.
The final game of the weekend series will take place at Matador Field Sunday afternoon; first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Whereas CSUN took an early lead in Friday's contest in Bakersfield, it was the Roadrunners who jumped out to an early 4-0 advantage. Martin Medina and Jason Kudlock each hit solo home runs to left field in the first and second innings respectively before scoring another run in the top of the third and fourth innings.
The Matadors looked as though they would light up the scoreboard themselves throughout most the of the game as they created scoring chances in the third, fifth, and seventh innings.
In the third inning, Nate Ring led off the inning with a ground-rule double to center field. Two batters later, TS Reed drew a walk to put runners in scoring position on first and second. Drew Muren then loaded the bases when he drew a walk of his own, but that would be as far as CSUN would get in the third inning.
Two innings later, Piazza and Reed led off the frame with consecutive singles to reach base with zero outs in the inning. On the Reed single, Piazza advanced from first to third on a well-executed hit and run, placing himself only 90 feet away from scoring the first Matador run of the afternoon.
But a razor-close play at the plate on the back end of a double play prevented CSUN from scoring as Piazza was tagged out by the slimmest of margins before touching home plate.
The Roadrunners would tacked on an additional run in the sixth inning to stretch their lead to 5-0 over CSUN, a figure that slowly morphed into the final score as the afternoon progressed.
After Matador starter Paul Tremlin struckout six batters in his six full innings on the mound, Coach Rousey called on reliever Billy Ott to preserve his team's chance to piece together a come-from-behind effort.
Having already erased a number of leads and winning in walk-off fashion this season, the senior from Cypress, Calif. did everything he could to give his team a chance to execute some late-game heroics once again. Only one `Runner was able to earn a hit off the right-hander as Ott fanned four of the ten batters faced during his three-inning stint on the mound.
Cal State Bakersfield 111 101 000 - 5 8 0
Matadors 000 000 000 - 0 6 2
Win - Reyes (2-1) Loss - Tremlin (5-4) Save - None
T - 2:28 A - 174