May 15, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - A two-run seventh inning completed the come-from-behind effort by the Cal State Northridge Matadors (21-29, 5-14 BWC) as they defeated the Pacific Tigers (18-30, 8-14 BWC) in the first game of CSUN's final home series of the season.
Saturday's contest will see Matador's RHP Justen Gorski square off against Pacific's LHP David Rowse, first-pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Fan Appreciation Day will also take place tomorrow afternoon, all fans in attendance will receive a raffle ticket and have a chance to take home various prizes, gift certificates, and Matador gear.
Pacific started the game on a positive note as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two innings.
Tiger pitcher Joey Centanni took advantage of a lead-off triple hit by left-fielder Nick Longmire and drove him in in the first inning, with third baseman Mike Walker scoring in the second inning off a Josh Simms single to right field.
The initial advantage would double in the top of the fourth inning when the Tigers scored another two runs, but that would be the last time any Tiger would touch home plate as starting pitcher Ryan Juarez, middle reliever Jimmy Jolicoeur, and closer Brian Slover would combine to allow only four hits in the final five innings to keep the Matadors within striking distance.
The first Matador scoring spree would take place in their half of the fifth inning, scoring three runs on three hits to chop the Tiger's advantage to 4-3.
With one out in the inning, centerfielder Jeff Pruitt jump-started the Matador offense with his triple, scoring Justin DeMarco who drew a walk in the previous at-bat. TS Reed then scored his teammate with his stand-up double down the left field line, before touching home himself when Jason Dabbs singled to right field.
Two innings later, the Matadors would take the lead for the first time in the game, an advantage which would not be relinquished as the day progressed.
DeMarco opened the seventh with his single to left field, followed by a double by Pruitt to place the two in scoring position.
Both runners would advance one base on the play on a throwing error committed by Tiger centerfielder Josh Simms as his attempt to throw out DeMarco missed its intended target and found a final place to rest inside the Matador's dugout.
With Pruitt now only ninety feet away from giving his team the lead, TS Reed knocked in the winning run as Pruitt scored on a bang-bang play at the plate, touching the plate only moments before Pacific catcher Kurt Wideman tagged the centerfielder.
With the lead now firmly in their grasp, Coach Rousey turned to his bullpen to finish out the game and secure CSUN's third consecutive victory.
Jolicoeur was summoned to throw in the eighth, and Slover earned his seventh save on the season having pitched the ninth to help Juarez earn his sixth victory of the season.
Both teams will return to Matador Field Saturday afternoon for the second game of their weekend series. The voice of Matador Baseball, Dave Caldwell will broadcast the game online at www.GoMatadors.com, with the match-up also available online as the same website on GameTracker.
Pacific 110 200 000 - 4 13 1
Matadors 000 030 20x - 5 9 0
Win - Juarez (6-5) Loss - Centanni (4-6) Save - Slover (7)
T - 2:35 A - 207