May 24, 2010

Northridge Settles for Season Split with 14-8 Defeat to #15 San Diego

May 24, 2010

Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Those in attendance at Matador Field witnessed a combined 22 runs scored between the Cal State Northridge Matadors (28-24) and #15 San Diego Toreros (34-18) as CSUN was defeated by a score of 14-8 in their penultimate home game of the season.

UC Riverside will make their only trip to the Valley Tuesday afternoon as Northridge will end its home schedule with a 3 p.m. non-conference game against the Highlanders. Even though both teams reside in the Big West Conference, Tuesday's contest was scheduled as a non-conference match-up.

San Diego jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning before CSUN stole their advantage away from them with their six-run effort in their first set of at-bats.

Eleven Matador batters would take their swings at San Diego starter Darrin Campbell, forcing him out of the game after facing only six batters as Northridge was able to drive in six runs on five hits before the Torero right-hander was officially done for the day.

In the first, Drew Muren led thing off with a walk, advancing to second base moments later on a passed ball. C.J. Belanger would eventually take first on a six-pitch walk before Ryan Pineda drove in Muren for the first Matador run of the game.

Dominic D'Anna's single to single to right field allowed Belanger to score, followed by another single from the bat of Ridge Carpenter which allowed Pineda to score easily.

Brad Decater's second sacrifice fly of the season would bring home the fourth run of the frame, with Marty Bowen and TS Reed each earning an RBI with their single through the right side of the infield and double to right-center respectively.

With the score at 6-2, CSUN added another run in the second inning thanks to Pineda's 15th home run of the year to increase the Matador's lead to 7-2.

It was then when San Diego would start their come-from-behind efforts as they hit themselves back into the game and scored four runs in the top of the third to pull within one run.

The Toreros would take the lead for good in the third inning by scoring three runs, eventually increasing their lead to 11-8 after five innings.

CSUN would add another run on the scoreboard when D. Muren scored on D'Anna's team-high 17th double of the season in the fourth inning.

But that would be the last time that Northridge would be able to generate any offense as San Diego would score three more insurance runs in the latter-third of the game to earn a split of the two games played against one another during the 2010 season.

Northridge will end their five-game homestand and 2010 home schedule when they return to Matador Field to face the UC Riverside Highlanders. First-pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m., GameTracker will be available for fans wanting to follow along on their computer or internet-enabled mobile device at GoMatadors.com.

San Diego   204 320 120 - 14 21 1

Matadors     610 100 000 - 8 11 6

Win - Schmidt (1-1)    Loss - Longpre (2-1)    Save - None

T - 3:58    A - 261

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