NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge softball team (5-21) lost twice in a doubleheader to Loyola Marymount Saturday at Smith Field. In the first game, the Lions scored four runs in the first and five in the fourth to post a 9-0, five-inning victory in game one. In the second game, Mia Pagano gave an outstanding effort in the circle, but CSUN ultimately fell 2-1 in 10 innings.
For CSUN, the first game of the day featured the debut of junior Shelly Tait. A transfer from Santa Ana, Tait tossed a complete game and allowed 10 hits and seven earned runs. She also had five strikeouts and one walk.
The Lions crashed Tait's debut however, scoring four runs in the first although two runs were unearned. LMU added five runs in the fourth and CSUN went quietly in the fifth to end the game.
The Matadors managed just one hit, a Mikayla Thielges single in the fourth inning. She wound up moving to third on a pair of LMU errors with one out. However, Tanna Bindi lined into a double play to end the inning with the bases loaded.
Dana Waldusky won the contest for LMU and had two strikeouts and a walk in five innings.
In the second game, Northridge jumped out to a 1-0 lead off the bat of Madeline Sale. The sophomore hit her first home run of the season and second of her career with one out in the second.
From there, the Lions tied things up in the fourth and scored the game-winning run on a fielding error in the bottom of the 10th inning.
CSUN got a solid start out of Pagano, who worked around 11 hits and six walks to finish with just one earned run and four strikeouts. She has lowered her ERA to 3.81 in 108.1 innings this season.
Waldusky got the win in relief for LMU, allowing no hits with four strikeouts over the final 3.2 innings of work.
Next week, Northridge plays five times as it starts the Big West Conference portion of its schedule. On Wednesday, Mar. 28, the Matadors host Oregon State in a doubleheader at Matador Diamond beginning at 1 p.m.
After the two games with the Beavers, CSUN travels to Stockton to face Pacific in both team's opening series of league play. The Matadors and Tigers will play a doubleheader on Saturday, Mar. 31 and a single game on April 1. Both days start at noon.