April 30, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Despite a comeback effort that saw Cal State Northridge (21-18, 3-7 BWC) outscore UC Davis (18-19, 3-7 BWC) 5-1 in the final four innings of play, the Matadors fell to the Aggies by a final score of 9-7 Friday afternoon at Matador Field.
After finding itself in a 5-0 hole after two and half innings of play, Northridge got on the board in the bottom of the third when Nate Ring scored from third on a sacrifice fly to centerfield off the bat of TS Reed. Ring reached base earlier in the inning by leading off with a double down the left-field line, advancing to third shortly thereafter on a deep fly ball hit by Dominic Piazza.
After seeing UC Davis put up two more runs in the top of the fourth, CSUN got its second run of the day when Justin DeMarco belted the first pitch of his at-bat over the left-field fence to make the score 7-2, Aggies.
The home run was DeMarco's fifth of the season.
Davis would pick up another run in their next set of at-bats, to extend their lead to 8-2. That score would remain the same until the bottom of the sixth, when CSUN began their come-from-behind efforts.
Dominic D'Anna led off the inning with a single through the left side of the infield, advancing to second on a wild pitch by Aggie pitcher Dayne Quist shortly thereafter. Moments later, the Matadors loaded the bases; joining D'Anna on base were Brad Decater and Ring, who reached on a walk and a single to left field, respectively.
Piazza, the next Matador batter, responded by singling to right field, scoring D'Anna from third and keeping the bases loaded for the next Matador hitter, Reed.
Reed then knocked a single of his own to right field that brought home both Decater and Ring, pulling the Matadors to within three runs as the Davis lead was decreased to 8-5.
After holding the Aggies scoreless in the top of the seventh, the Matadors inched closer by picking up another run in the bottom half of the inning.
With Ryan Pineda standing on second base, DeMarco picked up his second RBI of the afternoon with a single to right-centerfield to shave the Davis by another run.
A solo home run hit by Scott Lyman in the top of the ninth inning pushed the Davis lead back to three, a lead that Northridge looked to eliminate completely in the bottom half of the inning.
A one-out triple down the right-field line by C.J. Belanger kept hope alive, and another Pineda single two pitches later would drive in Belanger and make the score 9-7. However, that was as close as Northridge would get as Aggies pitcher Matthew Lewis retired the next two Matadors in order to help Davis claim the first game of the series with Northridge.
The Matadors return to action Saturday afternoon when they will play the second of their three-game series with the Aggies. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m.
UC Davis 023 210 001 - 9 15 1
Matadors 001 103 101 - 7 13 0
Win - Quist (6-3) Loss - Juarez (2-4) Save - Lewis (5)
T - 3:15 A - 218