April 18, 2012

No. 15 UCLA Defeats CSUN 10-3

LOS ANGELES, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge softball (8-32) lost 10-3 to No. 15 UCLA Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference game. Madeline Sale had two hits and scored two runs and Mikayla Thielges had two hits and two RBIs, but the Bruins' offense proved too potent for the Matadors. 

The Matadors started quickly on a warm Wednesday at Easton Stadium. Sale led off the game with her fourth double of the season. Then with one out, Jaci Carlsen reached on a bunt single, moving Sale to third. Carlsen went to second on a wild pitch and both she and Sale scored on a two-run single by Thielges.  She now leads the team with 17 RBIs on the season.

The lead was short lived however as UCLA started its half of the first with three-straight doubles to tie the game at 2-2. With runners on second and third with no outs, Mia Pagano got three-straight outs to end the rally and leave the game tied.

The Bruins took the lead in the bottom of the second after CSUN went quietly in its half of the frame. UCLA scored four times, three coming with two outs in the inning.  
 
In the third, Sale singled to start the inning and Samantha Sloniker reached when her sac bunt resulted in a throwing error by the Bruin third baseman. On the next at-bat, Carlsen dropped a ball into left field that scored Sale but Sloniker was forced out on the play at second.   

Brianna Elder, who started the third for Northridge in the circle, ran into trouble with two outs in the in the frame. UCLA pounded back-to-back home runs and a double before she could get out of the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Bruins threatened to end the game by loading the bases with one out. However, Elder got the next batter to ground into a fielder's choice to cut down the second out at the plate.

The next at-bat went well over 10 pitches and B.B. Bates eventually blasted a double to deep center. After two runs scored, the Matadors got themselves three more outs to play with by cutting down the winning run at the plate to end the inning.

Northridge got a solid inning in the sixth from Alexa Limon, who retired three of the four batters she faced in the frame. Down seven, CSUN could not generate a rally in the seventh and ultimately fell 10-3.

Pagano (7-14) allowed eight hits and six earned runs in two innings. Elder allowed five hits and four earned runs in three innings and Limon walked a batter in her only frame.

Destiny Rodino, the second of three Bruin pitchers on the day, earned the win by allowing no hits and a walk in 1.2 innings of relief. UCLA tied its school record with eight doubles in the game.

CSUN returns to action Saturday, April 21 with a doubleheader against Long Beach State at Matador Diamond. The teams will play a single game on Sunday, April 22 with both days starting at noon.

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