May 1, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge Matadors (18-25, 1-11 Big West) allowed a first-inning run for the third straight game as they lost to the UC Davis Aggies (12-25, 6-6 Big West) 8-4 on Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium. The Matadors were swept in the weekend series with the Aggies and have now lost six games in a row.
The Aggies jumped out to an early lead by scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning. A leadoff walk advanced to second on a wild pitch with no outs and came around to score on a one-out RBI single by Scott Lyman. The next hitter was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Matador starting pitcher Carlos Gonzalez, Jr. (1-2) induced a ground ball for an inning-ending double play to escape further trouble.
UC Davis extended its lead to 2-0 after two innings after the leadoff man singled on a bunt to the right side of the infield. The next Aggie hitter advanced the runner with a sacrifice bunt before Gonzalez struck out Seth Batty. The first pitch to Brett Morgan, however, was driven to right center field for an RBI single.
The Matadors were able to cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the third inning after Ridge Carpenter was hit by a pitch with one out. A sacrifice bunt by Andrew Muren moved Carpenter to second and catcher Marty Bowen singled to left field on a 2-2 pitch to score Carpenter. Bowen (1-for-4) has now hit safely in nine straight games for Northridge.
The Aggies responded in the bottom of the third by scoring two more runs. David Popkins led off the frame with a solo home run over the scoreboard in right field. The next two batters were hit by a pitch and walked, respectively, before Gonzalez was relieved by Alex Muren. A sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third with one out and a groundout scored the second run of the inning to put UC Davis ahead 4-1.
UC Davis tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 6-1 lead with two outs in the inning. A leadoff single and a stolen base gave the Aggies a runner on second with two outs before and intentional base on balls and a walk loaded the bases. Then, with two strikes, a two-out double to right center field scored two runs. A third run would have scored on the play had it not been for a perfectly relayed throw from Drew Muren to TS Reed to Bowen to record the final out of the inning.
The Matadors threatened to score in the top of the fifth but failed to do so after having runners at first and third with no outs. Drew Muren reached on a fielder's choice to the first baseman who threw home to try to keep Kyle Attl from scoring from third. The catcher then fired down to third base, where Attl was ruled out on a close call for the second out of the inning.
The Aggies went up 7-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning as a one-out walked turned into a run following back-to-back errors on failed pickoff attempts and a wild pitch.
Northridge cut the lead in half in the top of the sixth inning as Tommy Simis led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Miles Williams, who reached base four times in the game (1-for-2, HBP, two walks), was then hit by a pitch with no outs. Attl singled to load the bases with one out before Reed tripled to left center on a 2-0 fastball to score all three runs.
UC Davis was able to answer with one final run in the game, this time in the bottom of the sixth as a one-out double by Popkins scored a run from first base. The Aggies scored at least one run in each of the first six innings, but did not score over the final three frames.
Gonzalez pitched 2.0+ innings and was charged with four runs on four hits to take his second loss of the season. Simis (2-for-4, one run), Attl (2-for-4, one run) and Reed (2-for-4, three RBI) all finished with multiple hits for the Matadors.
The current six-game losing streak is the longest slide for the Matadors since they lost seven straight from April 1-10 last season.
Northridge will now return home for a three-game conference series against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos next weekend at Matador Field. The Matadors and Gauchos have split a pair of non-conference contests this season with the home team winning each game. Game one is scheduled for Friday, May 6 at 3 p.m.