April 16, 2011
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -
Despite a three-hit performance by junior Adam Barry, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (17-18, 0-5 Big West) were beaten once again by the Cal Poly Mustangs (14-16, 5-3 Big West), this time by a score of 8-2 at Baggett Stadium on Saturday night.
In just his third start of the season, reigning Big West Co-Pitcher of the Week Joshua Goossen-Brown (4-1) had difficulty continuing the success he has enjoyed on the mound all season long as he allowed seven earned runs and 12 hits in being saddled with his first loss of 2011.
The Mustangs jumped out to an early lead when leadoff hitter Bobby Crocker hit a homerun to center field on the second pitch he saw in the bottom of the first inning. With one out in the inning, four straight Cal Poly batters reached base with hits and the Mustangs added three more runs before Goossen-Brown got out of the first.
Trailing 4-0 in the top of the fourth, the Matadors were able to break onto the scoreboard to cut the lead to three. Andrew Muren led off the inning with a four-pitch walk but was later out at second on a fielder's choice. With a runner on first and one out, Barry singled through the right side of the infield. As Marty Bowen attempted to advance to third on the play, the rightfielder for the Mustangs overthrew his target and the ball sailed into the Cal Poly dugout, allowing Bowen to score and Barry to move up to third base.
Northridge was unable to score again in the inning and trailed 4-1 after three and a half.
The Mustangs responded in the bottom of the fourth inning by adding three more runs to bring the margin to six runs at 7-1. A double followed a leadoff single to give Cal Poly runners on second and third with no outs. With the infield pulled in, the third hitter of the inning singled past a diving Matthew Telesco at shortstop to score a run. A wild pitch from Goossen-Brown scored the sixth run of the game for the Mustangs and the final run in the inning come on a one-out RBI single.
Cal Poly would go on to add a final run in the bottom of the seventh to extend their lead to 8-1.
The final run of the game was scored in the top of the eighth inning by the Matadors after Kyle Attl pinch hit and singled to the shortstop deep in the infield. Tommy Simis grounded a ball to third base but the second baseman could not turn a double play and instead threw the ball into the Northridge dugout, allowing Simis to advance to second with two out.
Muren followed with a two-out RBI single through the left side for his only hit of the game. Muren finished 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI and Barry finished 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to nine games.
The final game of the series will be played tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Baggett Stadium. The Matadors will play their conference home opener on Thursday April 21 at 3 p.m. against the Pacific Tigers.