NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (14-20, 0-2 Big West) lost 5-4 and 5-3 to No. 20 Hawai'i Saturday afternoon in both teams' opening series of the 2013 Big West Conference season. In game one, Sydney Housecranked a two-out grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to nearly ignite a furious CSUN comeback while game two saw the Matadors fall just short in their upset bid.
Game One Recap
Hawai'i jumped out to a 1-0 lead in top of the first on a lead-off home run off CSUN starter Mia Pagano (7-7). The Rainbow Wahine would add a run in the second, one in the fifth and two in the top of the seventh.
Despite trailing 5-0 and down to their final three outs, the Matador nearly rallied to send the game into extra innings. With one out, Jennifer Tyler delivered a pinch hit single and then moved to second on a bunt single by Pagano. Mikayla Thielges then drew her second walk of the game to load the bases.
On a 2-2 pitch, House cleared the bases and sent the Rainbow Wahine centerfielder tumbling over the fence with her second career home run. The four RBIs on the play helped House tie a career high.
However, the next batter popped up on the infield to end the game. Pagano allowed eight hits, five earned runs and six strikeouts.
Her counterpart, Kaia Parnaby, improved to 21-3 with the win and had 13 strikeouts.
Game Two Recap
In the second game of the day, CSUN had its chances but ultimately lost 5-3 to No. 20 Hawai'i.
The Matadors scored a run in the first to start the second game. Korinne Randazzo singled to start the inning and then stole second, her team-leading 12th steal of the season.
She came around to score on an RBI double by Mikayla Thielges. She now has a team-high 11 doubles on the year.
Hawai'i would tie the game in the second and then tack on four runs in the third to take a 5-1 lead and chase CSUN starter Shelly Tait(6-7). In all, Tait went three innings with five earned runs and four strikeouts.
Northridge responded with an unearned run in the third due to an illegal pitch by Parnaby. Thielges led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a walk by Sydney House. A single from Maylynn Mitchell sent her to third and an illegal pitch brought her to the plate.
CSUN added another unearned run via the illegal pitch in the fourth. Leann Lopez was hit by a pitch and moved to second after an error by the pitcher that allowed Mia Pagano to reach safely. Randazzo sacrificed them into scoring position and a Parnaby illegal pitch plated Lopez.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Matadors put runners on first and second with one out. A shallow single into left field turned troublesome when the CSUN runner on second was cut down at the plate for the second out of the inning. The next batter lined-out to end the spurt.
Parnaby once again tossed a complete game to earn the win, posting five K's. Alexa Limon tossed solid innings of relief work for the Matadors, allowing just two hits and two strikeouts.
The two teams return to Matador Diamond Sunday for a single game. First pitch is slated for noon.