Feb. 5, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The hits just kept on coming at Matador Field on Saturday as the Cal State Northridge baseball team defeated their alumni brethren 13-0.
Sophomore pitcher Jacob Petersen started on the mound for the Matadors and set down the first 10 hitters he faced before surrendering a walk in four innings of work. Petersen also struck out three hitters on the day. Northridge did not give up a hit to the alumni team until there was one out in the sixth inning.
The scoring began for the current Matadors in the second inning as they put up eight runs on seven hits. Thirteen batters came up to the plate in a second inning that was fueled by junior Steven Keller's two run double. The inning ended by mutual decision of the coaching staffs after Keller walked during his second time up to force in a run with two outs.
The 2011 squad tacked on three more runs in the fourth by capitalizing on errors and sacrificing runners to where they needed to be in order to score. Two final runs in the sixth ended the scoring and the last three innings turned into a pitching duel between both sides.
Senior Justin De Marco played six defensive innings for Northridge between first base and third and went 2-2 with a walk and two RBIs at the plate.
"Today was a good day to get the team out and go through game day situations before the season starts," De Marco said. "The alumni had some good pitchers and hitters with minor and major league experience and it was a good test for us."
While using the Alumni Game as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, the Matadors mixed in substitutions at each spot in the lineup with the exception of sophomore Nathan Ring, who played the entire game for head coach Matt Curtis.
"Our guys did a good job of going through our routines and not being concerned with who we were facing," Curtis said. "We went out and threw strikes and had good at-bats and we got exactly what we wanted to get out of this game for our team."
Cal State Northridge opens the 2011 baseball season on February 18 when the Redhawks of Seattle University come to Matador Field for a four-game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.