May 12, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge (22-27) stalled in a non-conference game against Portland (20-20) Monday, stumbling to a 3-0 loss at Matador Field. Davin Tate was the hard luck loser again, keeping his team within striking distance through his 5.2 innings.
Tate and Pilot starter David Gruener dueled through the fifth, with just a Pilot solo home run in the second breaking up dual shutouts.
Tate, despite the solo shot, was excellent in the early stages. The sophomore right-hander surrendered just four hits through five and did not see a runner advance to second in those innings. Things began to unravel in the sixth, though, as a pair of singles and two walks yielded two runs for the visitors.
On the other side of things, the Northridge bats never quite awoke throughout the cloudy afternoon. Justin DeMarco was pegged to lead off the third frame and advanced to third with one out after a TS Reed infield single, but a double play doused the threat. Northridge pushed runners into position in the fourth and fifth innings as well only to see each chance squandered.
Bryce Schoening came on in the sixth and, combined with two thirds of an inning from Edwin Quirarte, shut out the Pilots through the last frames. Northridge matched the feat, though, and sent just 13 batters to the plate after the fifth inning. The game culminated with a three up, three down ninth that made official a 3-0 Portland victory.
The Matadors played error-free ball for the second consecutive game and the tenth time this season, and the six hits they managed matched the highest total in a game in which Northridge was shut out.
Northridge looks for vengeance Tuesday as they finish off their two-game midweek set with Portland. First pitch Tuesday is slated for 1 p.m. from Matador Field.