NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (10-16) split a doubleheader with CSU Bakersfield, losing game one 3-2 before posting a 4-2 victory in the second contest. Senior Mia Paganotossed 6.1 innings of relief softball with just one earned run and seven strikeouts to lift the Matadors to the game two victory.
Game One Recap
The Matadors dropped a close 3-2 decision to CSUB in the first game Saturday. Northridge scored the game's first run, getting an RBI single from Sydney House.
However, CSU Bakersfield responded with two runs in the third and one in the sixth to take a 3-1 lead. Mikayla Thielges brought CSUN back within one run with her fifth home run of the season, a solo blast, in the bottom of the sixth.
That would be the last run for the Matadors, who could not rally to tie or extend the game in their half of the seventh.
For her part, CSUB's Kelsie Monroe was a tough puzzle for the Northridge batters to solve. She allowed just three hits, two earned runs and fanned seven Matadors in earning the victory.
Game Two Recap
The Matadors once again struck first in the second game Saturday. Abby Linn came around to score on a wild pitch after connecting on a one-out single.
The Matadors added another run in the bottom of the third. Korinne Randazzo, who finished 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, two stolen bases and two RBIs, scored on an RBI single by Maylynn Mitchell.
After CSUB brought a run across in the top of the fourth, the Matadors answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Adrienne Martinez scored on a wild pitch and Ariana Wassmerscored on an RBI groundout by Mia Pagano.
Despite getting a run back in the top of the seventh, Pagano (5-5) was very tough in a relief effort victory. She allowed three hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work.
The Matadors return to action with a home doubleheader against Northern Illinois on Tuesday, Mar. 12. First pitch between the Matadors and Huskies is slated for 1 p.m., with the second game slated for 30 minutes after the completion of the first.