Lightning Strikes Twice in Davis, Matadors Defeated 4-3
May 25, 2009
DAVIS, Calif. - After falling behind to the UC Davis Aggies (13-42, 5-19 BWC) early in the game for the second straight game, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (24-32, 7-17 BWC) tied the game at 3-3 before falling to the Aggies in the tenth inning by a score of 4-3.
Having fallen behind early in Saturday's game, the Matadors needed another come-from-behind effort to escape Davis with the series victory.
In similar fashion to the previous game played between the two teams, CSUN valiantly erased the Aggie deficit in the eighth inning; instead of taking the lead in the eighth as in Saturday's contest, the Matadors were able to tie the game and force extra innings.
Down 3-0 to UC Davis, the Matadors began their half of the eighth inning with back-to-back walks before John Parham reached first base on a fielder's choice.
With Matadors on the corners, Jason Dabbs drove in the first run of the game with his single to right field.
After C.J Belanger drew a walk to load the bases, pinch hitter Brian Slover hit a hard ground ball through the right side of the infield to enable both Dabbs and Parham to score and tie the game at three apiece.
The score would remain the same until the bottom of the tenth inning when Aggie centerfielder Kyle Mihalyo reached first base on an error, before advancing to second on a ground ball to the Matador second baseman TS Reed, eventually scoring the winning run on a single up the middle from his teammate Scott Heylman to give the Aggies their second consecutive victory in their final set of at-bats.
With the loss, the Matadors finish the 2009 season having won six of their final nine games played, leading to an overall record of 24-32, 7-17 against Big West competition.
Before the start of Sunday's game, the quartet of Matador seniors were acknowledged prior to the start of the Aggie's Senior Day Celebration as Matador first baseman Richard Cates, catcher Parham, and pitchers P.J. Rousey and Bryce Schoening competed in their final game of their collegiate careers.
Matadors 000 000 030 0 - 3 6 3
UC Davis 000 201 000 1 - 4 9 0
Win - Busbin (2-1) Loss - Slover (4-5) Save - None
T - 3:34 A - 244