Hann Retires Nine Straight in Northridge Loss
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- C.J. Belanger registered three of the Matadors' four hits Saturday and starting pitcher Phil Hann retired nine straight at one point, but the Matadors suffered a 3-2 setback at the hands of Northwestern at Matador Field. After giving up two runs in the first, Hann tossed six scoreless innings before handing off to Edwin Quirarte, who surrendered the go-ahead run in the ninth. The loss dropped the Matadors to 0-2.
The growing pains continued for Northridge, which penciled seven freshmen into the starting lineup. Sparkling defensive play became the new standard, however, with just one error and several breathtaking plays in the field. Matt Warr showcased a strong arm from the hot corner in his first start of the season, and Ryan Pineda made a diving play in the hole to help preserve a scoreless frame in the middle innings.
Warr also tallied the Matadors' other hit.
The other non-freshman to start in the field, first baseman Jowen-James Murray-Thornton, was the beneficiary of three walks and scored one of the Matadors' runs in the sixth. The other Matador to touch the dish was Belanger.
Hann was the true star for the Matadors. The senior hurler settled down after a rocky first and scattered three hits over his final six frames. the right hander retired 12 straight at one point and struck out four against just one walk.
Davin Tate will take the hill for the Matadors Sunday in a game that has been moved to 10 a.m in hopes of avoiding another rain storm. Northridge will be looking to finish the series on a high note at Matador Field.