Matadors Hold On For 2-0 Opening Day Victory Over Seattle University
Feb. 18, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge Matadors (1-0) allowed just five hits and converted clutch at-bats to defeat the Seattle University Redhawks (0-1) 2-0 Friday at Matador Field.
Junior pitcher Justen Gorski gave up only three hits in seven innings of work for Northridge and struckout eight batters en route to earning his first win of the season. Sophomore Joshua Goossen-Brown pitched a scoreless eighth inning to earn a hold, and senior Ryan Juarez kept the Redhawks' hitters in check to record his first save.
The scoring began for the Matadors in the bottom half of the third inning. After the first seven Northridge hitters were set down, sophomore shortstop Kyle Attl hit a sinking line drive to right field. Seattle right fielder Josh Kalalau dove for the ball but it was just out of reach and Attl ended up on third base with a triple. Senior TS Reed followed with a single down the first base line to score the run.
Later in the game, Cal State Northridge was able to tack on another run after junior Tommy Simis led off the fifth inning with a double down the left field line. Attl bunted Simis to third and Reed hit a sacrifice fly to earn his second RBI of the game.
Goossen-Brown replaced Gorski to start the eighth inning and gave up a leadoff single before setting down the next three batters in order. Juarez gave up a one out double in the ninth before getting the final two hitters to fly out.
Senior Ridge Carpenter hit a double off the right-center field wall in the fifth inning, and sophomore Alex Muren stole the first Matador base of the 2011 season. With his sacrifice bunt in the seventh inning, senior Justin De Marco extended his Matador record to 27 career sacrifice hits.
The win today marks the first career victory for head coach Matt Curtis and his staff. The Matadors will return to action, weather permitting, tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. with a doubleheader against the Redhawks at Matador Field.