Ninth Inning the DIfference in 4-3 Matador Loss

April 27, 2008

Box Score

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge (17-22, 5-10) held a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth and seemed poised to take the game and series from UC Riverside (13-25, 7-5), but the Highlanders had different ideas. A two-out single for Aaron Wible brought home the winning run.

Northridge took the lead in the third when they pushed one across. DeMarco reached on a hit by pitch to open the frame and, on a Ryan Pineda, tried to push his luck and was nailed on a play at the plate. Pineda, however, advanced to third on a wild pitch and would score on John Parham's ground out.

The Highlanders collected two scores in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead.

Northridge didn't waste time in tying the game up, however, notching the tying score in the fourth on an RBI ground out from Dominic D'Anna. Pineda led things off with a single and was followed by a ground rule double off the bat of Chris Hannick. That left runners at first and second for D'Anna, who slapped a ball over to second base to score Pineda. Richard Cates then skied a pitch into right field, and yet another play at the plate went against Northridge. Hannick took off on the catch but was gunned down on a perfect throw by Joey Gonzalez.

The go-ahead run came in the seventh after Jeff Pruitt slashed a single into center field and advanced on a passed ball. Justin DeMarco followed with a clutch single that scored Pruitt.

The Matadors carried the lead into the bottom of the ninth and had their closer, Edwin Quirarte, on the hill after three innings of work on Saturday. Tyler Hairgrove led off with a single and was followed by a lazy pop up to shortstop. That preceded another single and a game-tying sac fly that gave the Matadors two outs. Wible then slammed a pitch over the head of C.J. Belanger to bring home the winning run.

Northridge was denied their second series win in conference play and now hosts a pair of mid-week contests before welcoming UC Irvine.

UNLV will be the guest at Matador Field on Tuesday and Wednesday. Game time Tuesday is scheduled for 3 p.m.