NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (6-13) defeated New Mexico State 4-3 and lost 4-2 to UNLV Friday in its opening games at the UNLV Eller Media Stadium Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. The Matadors overcame six errors and rallied from a 3-1 deficit entering the fifth inning to defeat the Aggies. Against the host Rebels, UNLV jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and withstood a late CSUN rally.
New Mexico State Recap
Looking to get its weekend started strongly, the Matadors came from behind Friday to dispose of the Aggies. CSUN jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after an RBI single by Abby Linn.
The Aggies answered with three runs, two of which were unearned, off Northridge starter Mia Pagano (2-4) in the third and fourth inning.
Undeterred, the Matadors answered with three runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead for good. With one out, Korinne Randazzo reached base on a bunt single and then moved to second when Leann Lopez drew a walk.
Sydney Housethen hit a grounder to the second baseman that was mishandled, allowing Lopez to score and Thielges to move to third. Maylynn Mitchellthen brought home the winning run with an RBI single to centerfield.
Pagano worked her way out of a jam in the fifth and set down the side in order in the sixth and seventh inning. She finished with one earned run and four walks and four strikeouts to earn her second win of the season.
Mitchell went 2-for-2 at the plate with the RBI and a run scored. Lopez, Randazzo and Madalyne Handyeach had stolen bases for CSUN while House added a sac bunt.
In their second game of the day, the Matadors fell behind 3-0 when the Rebels tagged CSUN starter Shelly Tait for three earned runs in the first.
CSUN kept at it and eventually cut the lead to 3-2. In the top of the fourth, Sydney House singled to start the inning and moved to second on a sac bunt by Maylynn Mitchell. She then came around to score on an RBI double by Ariana Wassmer.
In the fifth, Northridge tacked on another run. With two outs in the frame, Crystal Maas came around to score from second on an RBI double by House. That hit made it a one-run game.
However, the Rebels pushed the lead back to two with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth.
The Matadors made one last effort at tying the game in the seventh, putting the lead off runner on base with a single. However, with one out and a runner on third, the Matadors could not push the run across the plate.
In all, Tait (3-4) tossed six innings and allowed four earned runs to go with three strikeouts. With the RBI, House tied Mikayla Thielges for the team lead with nine on the season. Korinne Randazzo stole her team-leading fifth base of the season in the defeat.
CSUN resumes action in Las Vegas on Saturday, Mar. 2 with games against Weber State and DePaul.