April 17, 2011
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -
Kyle Attl belted his first homerun of the season in the seventh inning, but it was not enough to spark a rally as the Cal State Northridge Matadors (17-19, 0-6 Big West) lost for the third time this weekend to the Cal Poly Mustangs (15-16, 6-3 Big West) at Baggett Stadium.
The Matadors had their chances during the middle innings to tie the game but the Mustangs provided clutch hitting to keep the game just out of reach, eventually winning 5-3.
Cal Poly scored first yet again, this time putting across two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning off of Matador starting pitcher Paul Tremlin (2-2). The Mustangs followed a leadoff single with an RBI double to center field to take a 1-0 advantage. A one-out single to right field advanced the runner to third base and a groundout to Tommy Simis at third base scored the second run of the inning.
The Mustangs extended the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth as another leadoff single came around to score off of Tremlin, who was replaced by Justen Gorski with one out in the inning. Gorski was able to get out of trouble despite inheriting a runner on first and throwing a wild pitch.
Northridge made things interesting in the top half of the sixth inning, as Adam Barry led off by reaching on an error by the third baseman. Barry was forced out at second as Andrew Muren reached on a fielder's choice with one out. First baseman Joshua Goossen-Brown singled to the shortstop playing deep in the infield hole, advancing Muren to second.
With one out, catcher Marty Bowen hit a line drive single to right center field, scoring Muren and advancing Goossen-Brown to third. Simis followed by grounding out to second base, scoring the runner from third. Bowen, as the tying run, advanced to third base on a wild pitch but could not be brought around to score, and the Matadors finished the inning down 3-2.
Cal Poly wasted no time in extending its lead back to three runs despite fortunate plays in the field by the Matadors. A leadoff double resulted in a runner on third and one out following a sacrifice bunt. The third hitter of the inning grounded a sharp ball to Simis at third base, who made a spectacular pick as the infield was pulled in. The runner at third was caught off of the base, and the ensuing run down resulted in Simis recording a tag out near the plate.
The Mustangs would not concede the inning, however, as the next three batters for Cal Poly recorded hits off of Gorski to increase the margin to 5-2.
The final run of the game was scored in the top half of the seventh inning, as Attl led off with a long homerun down the left field line for the Matadors to cut the lead to 5-3, but the next nine Northridge batters were set down in order, including the final six in a row on strikes.
Adam Barry (1-for-4) doubled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, which is tied with Steven Keller's streak for the longest of the season. Goossen-Brown went 1-for-3 with a run scored and both Bowen and Simis recorded an RBI in the loss.
The Matadors lost all three games at Cal Poly this weekend to fall to 0-6 in Big West Conference play. The next home game for Northridge will be Thursday, April 21 at 3 p.m. at Matador Field.