May 14, 2010
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A four-run effort in the second inning by the Cal State Northridge Matadors (24-21, 6-10 BWC) nearly erased a five run deficit in the early innings of Friday's game against the UC Riverside Highlanders (26-19, 8-8 BWC). Unfortunately for CSUN, back-to-back four run innings by Riverside helped them take the first game of the series by a final score of 13-5.
With the local fans still filing into their seats, the host Highlanders started the weekend series by scoring five runs on five hits to jump out to an early, and sizable lead.
Undeterred, the Matadors responded with four runs of their own the very next inning to chop the Highlander lead to only one run, keeping CSUN within striking distance with another seven innings yet to play.
Justin DeMarco led things off in the second with a walk, eventually advancing to second on a balk by Highlander starter Matt Andriese. The third baseman would advance another base on Brad Decater's single through the middle of the infield, scoring shortly thereafter on a single through the right side of the infield by Ridge Carpenter.
With a single of his own to centerfield, Dominic Piazza drove in the second run of the inning once Decater touched home plate. On his attempt to record the first out of the inning, a throw by Riverside center-fielder Tony Nix sailed past his third baseman into the Riverside dugout, allowing Carpenter to score on the error and Piazza to end up on third.
TS Reed drove in the final run of the inning, out-running the throw from UCR shortstop Trevor Hairgrove to earn his 17th RBI of the season.
Unfortunately for Northridge, Riverside earned those four runs back in the bottom part of the inning thanks to a home run, triple, stolen base, and error, building their lead back to five after two innings of play.
After retiring the Matadors in order in the top of the third, UCR scored another four runs to stretch their lead to a 13-4 margin.
It may have taken a couple batters to do so, but once Trevor Fredrickson entered the game in-relief, and had a handful of pitches under his belt, he was able to effectively silence the Highlander bats. Allowing only four hits during his three innings on the bump, the left-hander threw back-to-back scoreless innings before being relieved by fellow southpaw Jacob Petersen in the sixth inning.
In addition to Petersen's effort, Shawn Wilyman, Bryan Longpre, and Ryan Pineda collectively allowed only one hit to the Highlander batters during their time on the mound during the latter portion of the game.
CSUN would add another run in the eighth when Dominic D'Anna hit his eighth home run of the season over the wall in right-centerfield, decreasing the Riverside lead by one to 13-5. But that would be as close as Northridge would get as that would be the only run scored by either team in the last six innings after starting the game by scoring a combined 17 runs in the first three.
Northridge will return to the Riverside Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon looking for their first win of the weekend, first-pitch will take place at 6:00 p.m. An internet radio broadcast and live stats will be available at GoMatadors.com.
Matadors 040 000 010 - 5 10 2
UC Riverside 544 000 00x - 13 13 2
Win - Andriese, M. (5-4) Loss - Tremlin (6-6) Save - None
T - 3:10 A - 457