Matadors Break the Spell With 4-2 Win Over Titans

April 12, 2008

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FULLERTON, Calif. - Phil Hann and Edwin Quirarte pitched as they had all season, and the rest of the Matadors brought their bats to Goodwin Field Saturday evening. All four Northridge RBI came with two outs and the Matadors claimed an emphatic 4-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton that brought a new precedent for the Matadors in many respects.

The Matadors claimed their first win against the Titans since 2003 and also won their first true road game of the season. Northridge is back at .500 in conference play and has a shot at the first series-win against Cal State Fullerton since the 2002 Big West Championship season.

The win was the most recent for a team that has gone a long way towards changing the culture at Cal State Northridge.

Northridge took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, with TS Reed collecting a leadoff walk and later scoring on a Richard Cates single.

Fullerton answered with a pair of runs off Hann in the second, getting three hits in the frame that were punctuated by a Gary Brown RBI triple.

The Titan lead was short-lived. Reed smacked a one-out triple in the third and was cashed in on a John Parham RBI single, a run that knotted the score at two. Chris Hannick put Northridge ahead with a clutch single in the sixth, and it was Parham in the seventh providing the Northridge insurance in the seventh with an RBI knock.

Meanwhile, Hann turned in another very solid outing. The senior right-hander managed seven innings, six of which went as zeroes on the Fullerton half of the ledger. He surrendered seven hits and walked just one with one strikeout. The punch-out, however, came in a big spot, against Titan leadoff man Josh Fellhauer in the seventh. Hann had to outduel a very game Titan starter in Daniel Renken, who scattered seven Northridge hits and did not allow more than one run in any one inning.

Edwin Quirarte nailed down the victory with two hitless innings. The save he earned was his fourth of the year and got him in the Northridge record books, in a tie for ninth on the single-season save charts and a tie for eighth on the career list.

The Matadors notched all four runs with two outs in their respective innings.

Northridge returns to the diamond Sunday with a chance to win the series against the Titans. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Goodwin Field.