May 25, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Led by C.J. Belanger's two triples, and four RBIs, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (29-24) successfully ended their 2010 home schedule with a 10-8 win over the UC Riverside Highlanders (29-22) Tuesday afternoon.
Northridge will finish the 2010 season with their upcoming weekend series at Cal State Fullerton. Internet broadcasts and GameTracker will be available at GoMatadors.com for all three games; Friday's contest will begin at 7:00 p.m.
After falling behind 2-0 after half an inning, the Matadors tied the game at 2-2 on Ryan Pineda's 16th home run of the season, driving in Belanger who reached base in the previous at-bat on a five-pitch walk.
Another two runs would cross the plate in the following inning when Belenger hit his first of two triples down the right-field line to empty the bases, giving CSUN its first lead of the day.
The Matadors took their lumps, literally, throughout the afternoon as five different players - led by TS Reed with two - were hit by a pitch by one of the four Highlander pitchers used on the day.
Leading by a score of 4-2, the Matadors would pile on another four runs in the third after Riverside was able to string together a two-run scoring effort in the top-half of the same inning.
Dominic D'Anna led things off in the bottom of the third with a single to right field, scoring four pitches later when Alex Muren hit his first home run as a Matador over the wall in left-centerfield.
Having been robbed of a home run against Long Beach State last weekend, the crowd at Matador Field had no doubts about the result of A. Muren's swing from the moment it left the bat.
Ridge Carpenter kept the Matadors' momentum alive when he drew a walk, stealing second base shortly thereafter to place himself in scoring position.
Dominic Piazza's single to left field would drive in Carpenter for the third run of the afternoon, an at-bat that was followed by a Reed hit-by-pitch and a D. Muren single. With the bases now loaded, Pineda would force in the fourth, and final run of the inning after being hit by another Highlander pitch.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Belanger would replicate his second-inning efforts once again in the fifth, driving home Piazza and Reed for what would turn out to become the game-winning runs.
Belanger has now hit seven triples this season, tying him with Adam Kennedy for third place for the highest number of triples hit in a season.
With CSUN leading 10-4 after five innings, Riverside would add some late-inning drama and tension after scoring one run in the sixth, and another three runs in the eighth to decrease CSUN's lead to 10-8.
As was the case on Sunday afternoon against Long Beach State, closer Jimmy Jolicoeur would record three quick outs to end the game, giving Northridge their 17th and final home victory of the season.
UC Riverside 202 001 030 - 8 11 0
Matadors 224 020 000 - 10 9 1
Win - DeBoo (1-1) Loss - Frank (3-3) Save - None
T - 2:57 A - 293