April 20, 2008

Unearned Runs Bite Matadors in 4-1 Loss

April 20, 2008

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge (15-20, 4-8) dropped the finale of their series with Long Beach State (23-14, 5-4) Sunday, being swept for the first time Mar. 23-25 at UC Santa Barbara. Three errors plagued Northridge, and the bats never got going in a 4-1 loss.

The 49ers took an early two-run lead as they notched a pair of runs in the first. Northridge starter Billy Ott induced a bounder to second baseman TS Reed to open the game, but the freshman muffed the routine play and allowed the hitter to reach first.

A pair of wild pitches, a pair of singles, and a throwing error by Ott resulted in two unearned scores in the frame.

Ott settled down considerably and blanked the 49ers through the rest of his 2.2 innings before working into a bases-loaded jam and handing off to Edwin Quirarte. Normally the closer, Quirarte worked the Matadors out of the third-inning situation, requiring only one pitch to get a grounder to first baseman Dominic D'Anna.

Quirarte made it into the sixth with scoreless frames before being victimized by fielding errors behind him. He got the first man he saw in the inning on a pop up to shortstop Justin DeMarco and then got Travis Howell to bounce a ball out to Reed, who again couldn't get a handle on an easy play. Howell eventually came around to score as the third unearned run for the Dirtbags.

Northridge finally got on the board in the seventh as Drew Muren put himself in scoring position on his second double of the game and Ryan Pineda came on for a pinch-hit RBI single.

Quirarte stayed out for the eighth and allowed his first earned run in nearly a month, surrendering a leadoff walk and allowing him to score two batters later on a Jonathan Jones ground out. In sum, Quirarte tossed 5.1 innings and collected his longest outing of the season.

P.J. Rousey tossed a hitless ninth and Northridge went down in order in the bottom half to freeze the score at 4-1.

Drew Muren collected two doubles as part of a 3-for-4 day and John Parham was 2-for-4. Quirarte saw a 14.1 inning scoreless innings streak snapped during his mid-relief outing.

The Matadors will look to avenge the loss Tuesday as they host UC Santa Barbara for the conclusion of a three-game non-conference set. The matadors are 0-5 against the Gauchos for the year.

First pitch Tuesday is slated for 3 p.m. from Matador Field.

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