April 19, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge baseball team (15-19, 4-7) came up one hit shy of double-figure hits, but converted just two runs against another devastating offensive day by the Long Beach State Dirtbags (22-14, 4-4). The 49ers logged nine runs on 18 hits en route to a series-clinching victory and their fifth straight win against Northridge.
Long Beach State scored two in the opening frame to jump out to an early lead, but the Matadors halved that advantage in the bottom half of the inning when Billy Swanson scored on a two-error play by second baseman Jason Tweedy. Richard Cates bounced a ball out to second, where Tweedy fumbled the play and made on errant throw. Both halves of the play went as errors, the first allowing Cates to reach and the second allowing Swanson to score.
From there, the 49ers followed the same script they did on Friday: hit, hit, and pitch. Starter Vance Worley went to the fifth before allowing another run to the Matadors, and this time it was Swanson lacing an RBI single back through te box to score Drew Muren. Worley settled back down to hang zeries through the eighth before being relieved of duty for the ninth. All told, Worley went eight inning, allowing eight hits without a walk. One of the runs he surrendered was earned.
On the other side of the ledger, the Dirtbags maintained a steady attack throughout. They collected a pair of runs in the first, added four in the third, and tacked on two more in the fifth. the ninth run of the day came in the eighth.
Northridge used three pitchers to get through the contest. Phil Hann made the start and came out the loser after surrendering eight runs on 14 hits through six. P.J. Rousey was the first man out of the pen and he gave up one hit in a scoreless seventh, and Bryce Schoening finished the game with two innings of three-hit, one-run ball.
Dominic D'Anna led the way for the Matadors, claiming three hits and playing solid defense at his first base station. Swanson had a run scored and an RBI while going 2-for-4, and TS Reed, John Parham, Ryan Pineda, and Drew Muren also found their way into the hit column.
The Matadors will look to salvage a victory from this series on Sunday when they host the Dirtbags for the third and final game of their three-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Don't forget that every Sunday is Little League Sunday at Matador Field. Youth players that wear their jersey to the game will receive free admission to tomorrow's contest.