NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (10-41, 5-15 Big West) lost twice to UC Santa Barbara Friday afternoon in a Big West Conference doubleheader at Matador Diamond. UCSB freshman Shelby Wisdom tossed a no-hitter in game one (2-0) and then added a complete-game shutout and two-run home run in the second game (7-0) to keep the Gauchos' hopes for a Big West title alive.
In game one, Wisdom was simply dominant. She had nine strikeouts, no walks and allowed only two runners to reach on errors. Her counterpart, Mia Pagano (8-17), kept CSUN in the game, allowing no runs through six innings as well.
However, the Gauchos scored twice with two outs in the seventh inning. The play of the game was a stolen base by DeJanee Moore of UCSB. Beaten badly to second by the throw, she knocked the ball from the Matador second baseman and took the base. From there, the Gauchos got two singles and the Wisodm took care of the rest.
In game two, the Matadors got two base hits in the first inning off Wisdom and would add three more hits during the game. And still, Wisdom controlled the pace of the game and finished with five strikeouts and one walk in her 23rd win of the season in the circle.
UCSB scored all of its runs in a wild fourth inning. CSUN starter Shelly Tait (1-7) had one out with a runner on second when the Gauchos got consecutive infield hits. An error with the bases loaded allowed one run to score and then with two outs, got two more singles to finish with five unearned runs.
Wisdom unloaded a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to cap off her day.
The Matadors will conclude their season Saturday with a single game at noon against the Gauchos. A Northridge victory would eliminate UC Santa Barbara from postseason consideration. Before the game, CSUN will honor its three seniors playing in their final collegiate games: Samantha Sloniker, Jessica Fridwall and Alyssa Ray.