May 29, 2010

CSUN Drops Weekend Series with 6-0 Defeat at #8 Cal State Fullerton

May 29, 2010

Box Score

FULLERTON, Calif. - Cal State Northridge (29-26, 9-14 BWC) starter Justen Gorski turned in his strongest effort of the season against #8-ranked Cal State Fullerton (40-15, 20-3 BWC) in the second game of CSUN's weekend series at Goodwin Field.

Unfortunately for CSUN the one run scored by the Titans in the first inning would prove to be the game-winner as Northridge was defeated 6-0 in their penultimate game of the season.

Fullerton opened up the game by scoring one run in the first inning, a run that was aided by a throwing error that allowed Titan third baseman Richie Pedroza to advance from first to third with only one out in the inning.

Outside of that one play, the Matadors were near-flawless for the next set of innings as Gorski threw both efficiently and effectively to keep Northridge within striking distance.

Aiding Gorski's efforts was the play by some of his teammates behind him; TS Reed made a number of difficult plays look routine throughout the entire game, with Dominic D'Anna laying out on what could have been a RBI single to end both the third inning and a Fullerton scoring opportunity to the delight of a sizable number of Matador fans who made the trip from the Valley to Goodwin Field.

The most dangerous scoring opportunity for Northridge took place in the top of the third inning when CSUN was able to load the bases on a double by Dominic Piazza, a sac bunt by Reed that turned into a Titan fielding error, and a bunt single by Drew Muren.

The double was Piazza's seventh of the season.

However, Northridge was unable to capitalize, eventually stranding three runners on base.

A three-run effort in the bottom of the fifth inning enabled the Titans to stretch their lead to 4-0 before the combined efforts of Jimmy Jolicoeur, Bryan Longpre, and Chris DeBoo kept the Titans off the scoreboard during their combined 2.1 innings on the mound.

Fullerton would add another two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, bringing their lead to the eventual final score of 6-0.

Sunday's series finale will begin at 1 p.m., a game that will bring to a close the collegiate career of the six-member class of graduating seniors. A live internet broadcast and GameTracker will be available for Sunday's season finale at GoMatadors.com.

Matadors          000 000 000 - 0 4 1

CSU-Fullerton    100 030 02x - 6 11 1

Win - Ramirez, No. (10-1)    Loss - Gorski (5-3)    Save - None

T - 2:42    A - 1962