NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge softball team (5-17) defeated Maine, 2-1, and lost to Harvard, 3-0, Friday in its first day at the Northridge Classic held at Matador Diamond. In the win over the Black Bears, Mia Pagano tossed a complete game and and allowed one unearned run to lead CSUN to a 2-1 victory. Against the Crimson, Rachel Brown fanned 13 Matadors and allowed only three hits as Harvard won 3-0.
Pagano was tough in her start against Maine, improving her season record to 4-9 with her seventh complete game of the season. She allowed an unearned, two-out RBI on an error in the outfield and had six strikeouts to zero walks.
At the plate, Alyssa Ray started things with her fourth double of the season to start the third. She moved to third on a sac bunt by Tanna Bindi and then came around to score on an RBI single by Leann Lopez.
Jaci Carlsen had the other RBI for Northridge, bringing home the winning run in the bottom of the fifth on her fifth double of the season. That two-base hit scored Jessica Fridwall. Carlsen's double was the 30th of her career, moving her into a tie for eighth place in school history.
Against Harvard, Brown was in control throughout. She got into some trouble in the third inning when Abby Linn recorded a one-out single. However, Linn was caught steal during the next at-bat, which Samantha Sloniker eventually buried in right-center for the Matadors' first triple of the season.
Carlsen had the only other CSUN hit, a bunt single. She stole her second base of the day during the inning and now has 36 in her career, giving her sole possession of fifth place in school history.
Brianna Elder performed well for Northridge in the circle. She tossed a complete game as well, allowing just one earned run with a season-high five strikeouts.
The Matadors return to action Saturday at the Northridge Classic with another game against the Crimson. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.