April 11, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Jimmy Jolicoeur gave up just one run on five hits in six innings pitched, as Cal State Northridge (17-14) won the series finale against Cal State Bakersfield (14-16) Sunday afternoon at Matador Field.
Jolicoeur's start was his first since 2008, and kept the Matadors in the game until a three-run fifth inning gave the Matadors their first lead of the game.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Jason Dabbs was a hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Chris Allen then doubled down the left-field line to advance Dabbs to third and give Northridge runners on second and third with no outs.
Three pitches later, a Connor Rhoads dribbler to the shortstop drove in Dabbs to tie the score at one.
Shortly thereafter, Reed advanced to third and Rhoads scored on a wild pitch by Roadrunner pitcher Brandon Van Dam, giving the Matadors their first lead of the game.
A Nate Ring sacrifice fly moments later allowed Reed to score from third, putting the Matadors up 3-1 at the end of five.
Now with a two-run advantage, Jolicoeur finished his afternoon by retiring the final three Bakersfield batters he faced, giving way to the Matador bullpen.
After a seventh inning that saw Bakersfield score a run to cut the CSUN lead to one, the Matadors called on Justen Gorski in the top of the eighth inning to close out game.
Gorski went on to throw a shutout eighth and a perfect ninth inning to earn his first save of the season and career.
Jolicoeur's six-inning, one-run performance lowered his team-leading ERA to an impressive 1.48 for the season. The senior finished the day on a strong note, retiring nine of the final ten batters he faced.
The Matadors return to action on Tuesday, when they face off against the San Diego State Aztecs at Matador Field. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m.
CSU Bakersfield 100 000 100 - 2 5 0
Matadors 000 030 00x - 3 5 0
Win - Jolicoeur (2-0) Loss - Montoya (2-4) Save - Gorski (1)
T - 2:17 A - 174