April 15, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Northridge (15-17, 4-5) technically had a split result overall against UCLA (18-14), but a deeper look reveals a microcosm of the Matadors' season. After finishing off a 22-2 loss, Northridge waxed the Bruins to the tune of a 4-0 shutout.
The Matadors' fourth game of the year began on February 26th and quickly turned south to the tune of a 22-2 eighth-inning deficit. The game was halted that evening due to darkness to be made up today. Northridge sent out Mark Haderlein, who was the pitcher when the game was suspended, to finish off the game and the senior right-hander tossed a shutout ninth to hold the UCLA score at 22. The frame was the first blank inning for the Bruins in the contest.
Richard Cates logged a double in the eighth to raise his season-total to 10. For the Bruins, six players finished with multiple hits and accounted for 15 of the team's 21 hits.
The Matadors retroactively went to 1-3 on the year.
The second half of the evening's action couldn't have been farther away.
The night started with the Matadors jumping out to a quick lead, with Billy Swanson bunting his way on and being followed by a John Parham single. Parham laced a liner into center field and the fielder booted the ball, allowing both runners to advance. Subsequently, Richard Cates bounced a a grounder to second that went as an RBI ground out.
In the fourth, a total of three Matadors reached on walks and in the midst of it Justin DeMarco laced a single through the left side to put the Matadors up 2-0.
Concurrently, Billy Ott was tossing a gem, shutting down an offense full of all-conference players. Ott retired the first seven batters he faced and scattered just two hits over his five innings, an effort that netted him the win.
The final count had Northridge on top 4-0. The Matadors broke a four-game losing streak to the Bruins with the victory and earned their second shutout win of the year. The 15th Northridge win of 2008 surpassed their 2007 total.
Northridge returns to the field on Friday as they host a sliding Long Beach State team for a weekend set. The Dirtbags defeated Pepperdine Tuesday night to put the brakes on a slide that saw them drop nine of their previous 11 contests.
First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. from Matador Field.