Matadors Defeated by #1 UC Irvine 12-7

May 2, 2009

IRVINE, Calif. - Down throughout a majority of the game, the Cal State Northridge Matdors (18-28, 4-13 BWC) fought back to decrease the UC Irvine (33-11, 13-1 BWC) advantage on three occasions. But with the #1-ranked Anteaters scoring nine runs combined in the second and third innings, the deficit was just too large to overcome as Northridge was defeated in the second game of their weekend series in Irvine by a score of 12-7.

Billy Ott will take the mound for CSUN in the finale Sunday afternoon as they look to leave Irvine on a positive note, and become the first Big West team to emerge victorious from Anteater Ballpark this season.

After giving up five runs in the second inning, and another four runs in the third, the Matador comeback began, in earnest, with their three run performance in the top of the fifth inning.

After designated hitter Brian Slover led off with a single to left-centerfield, Todd Eskelin induced a five-pitch walk before Tommy Simis drove in both of his teammates with his double down the left field line.

Jason Dabbs later drove in Simis from second base with his single to right-centerfield to cap off the initial scoring opportunity of the afternoon for CSUN.

Northridge would also score one run in the seventh before adding another three runs in their half of the ninth inning, all with two outs in the frame.

C.J. Belanger singled up the middle of the infield to reach base, and eventually advanced to second when Dabbs struckout swinging for the third out of the inning, only to reach first base on a wild pitch.

A double to left field from the bat of Richard Cates drove in both baserunners, with Cates himself soon joining his teammates in the dugout after scoring on a Ryan Pineda single to deep right field.

Had UC Irvine not scored in five consecutive innings, from the second to the sixth, the Matador's second trip to Anteater Ballpark this season could have been a successful one as the visitors from the Valley were able to out-hit the top-ranked team in the nation, but were just unable to score the amount of runs needed to complete the come-from-behind effort.

Sunday's game is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.; fans can follow all the action on-line via GameTracker, or listen to Dave Caldwell's radio broadcast by visiting

Matadors 000 030 103 - 7 14 1 UC Irvine 054 111 00x - 12 11 1

Win - Bergman (8-1) Loss - Gorski (1-3) Save - None T - 3:12 A - 657