NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (8-13) defeated Weber State 8-0 in five innings and DePaul 4-2 Saturday at the UNLV Eller Medla Stadium Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. CSUN sophomore Sydney House hit her first career home run and senior Shelly Taitrecorded a career-high nine strikeouts as the Matadors defeated the Wildcats. In the second game, CSUN jumped out to a 4-0 lead behind RBIs from Ariana Wassmer and Mikayla Thielges and Mia Pagano tossed a complete game in downing the Blue Demons.
Weber State Recap
The home team Saturday against the Wildcats, CSUN jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Korinne Randazzo drew a walk to start the frame and then stole second. Abby Linn drew a walk as well, and with one out, House deposited her first career home run over the left field fence.
Northridge added three more in its half of the third. Mikayla Thielges blasted her league-leading eighth double of the season and House drew a walk to start the inning. Both were replaced by pinch runners and the first CSUN run of the frame scored on a RBI double by Maylynn Mitchell. Crystal Maas then delivered a two-run single up the middle to give CSUN a 6-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, CSUN ended the game with two more runs. Randazzo doubled with one out in the inning and with two down, came around to score on an RBI single by House. Thielges, who had singled after Randazzo's at-bat, scored on a RBI single by Mitchell to end the game.
The Matadors' offense was more than enough for Tait (4-4), who fanned a career-high nine while giving up just one hit in five innings of work.
House finished the game 2-for-2 with a career high four RBIs. Mitchell was also perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a run and two RBIs. Randazzo and Tiffini Lucero each had a stolen base for CSUN.
In its second game of the day, CSUN took on DePaul out of the Big East Conference. After Pagano wriggled off the hook in the bottom of the first, CSUN struck for the first two runs of the game behind a home run from Thielges.
In the top of the third, Abby Linn singled with two outs and then stole second. Thielges then brought her home with a towering blast over over the fences in left-center. The home run was her third of the season and 22nd of her career.
The Matadors doubled their lead in the top of the fourth. Maylynn Mitchell singled to start the frame and was replaced by a pinch runner, Madalyne Handy. She then moved to third on a double by Crystal Maas and both scored on an RBI single by Wassmer.
To their credit, the Blue Demons would not go quietly. After CSUN left the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, DePaul rallied to score twice and bring the winning run to the plate before Pagano (3-4) was able to end the game.
In a complete game effort, Pagano scattered seven hits to go along with three strikeouts. Thielges added a double to her total, giving her a league-leading nine in the 2013 campaign.
CSUN closes out its time in Las Vegas with games against DePaul and Weber State on Sunday, Mar. 3. The Matadors' 2013 home opener is slated for Wednesday, Mar. 6 against UCLA at 2 p.m.