NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (17-24, 3-6 Big West) defeated Cal Poly 7-0 and 3-2 Saturday afternoon in a Big West Conference doubleheader at Matador Diamond. Sophomore Brianna Elderspun a four-hit shutout in the first contest and Korinne Randazzo delivered a two-run, two-out home run in the bottom of the seventh to propel the Matadors to a 3-2 victory in game two.
Game One Recap
The Matadors jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first and never looked back in a 7-0 victory over the Mustangs. Korinne Randazzo went 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI and her seventh double of the season. Crystal Maas added a two-run double, her fifth of the year, and seven different Matadors scored a run in the victory.
Brianna Elder (2-2) put together her second-straight complete game victory for CSUN, allowing just four hits and one walk. She added three strikeouts to post her first shutout of the season.
"Last week was my first complete game, so I tried to bring that same mentality into today's contest," Elder said.
In the first, Randazzo led off the frame with a single and then moved to second on a sac bunt by Tiffini Lucero. Mikayla Thielgeswas hit by a pitch and all runners were safe on a fielder's choice from Sydney House to load the bases.
Maylynn Mitchell then earned a tough RBI after being hit by a pitch to score Randazzo. The next batter, Tanna Bindi, roped a grounder to short that the Mustang muffed into centerfield and gave CSUN an early 3-0 lead.
The Matadors added three more runs in their half of the fourth. Abby Linn collected her fourth double of the season and moved to third on a single from Jennifer Tyler. CSUN entered a pinch runner for Tyler, Leann Lopez, who promptly stole second to put two runners in scoring position.
They both came home on Maas' fifth double of the season. She then stole third and came home on a double by Randazzo to end the frame's scoring.
The Matadors added a seventh run in the bottom of the fifth. Mitchell singled and then moved to second on a fielding error. After moving to third on a fielder's choice, Mitchell scored on an RBI groundout from Tyler.
Cal Poly's Chloe Wurst (9-12) tossed 3.1 innings with five earned runs allowed to take the loss.
Game Two Recap
In a dramatic finish, Korinne Randazzo blasted a two-run, two-out home run in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Matadors to a 3-2 victory.
"I had no idea it was going out. My teammates said they could tell when I made contact, but I wasn't so sure," Randazzo said.
After Cal Poly scored an unearned run in the first inning, CSUN took a while to get its offense going against Mustangs' starter Jordan Yates (4-11). That ended in the bottom of the fourth when Tiffini Lucero led off the inning with her first career home run, a blast down the right field line.
"It feels amazing. I was making solid contact throughout both games and I saw the ball really well on that pitch," Lucero added. "I didn't realize it went over until I rounded second base and saw my teammates."
The home run tied the score at 1-1. Cal Poly answered with a two-out RBI single in the top of the fifth to quickly reclaim a 2-1 advantage.
After threatening in the fifth and the sixth, Northridge cashed in with a dramatic two-out rally in the seventh. With two down, Crystal Maas fought off several pitches and singled to right center.
That brought up Randazzo, who blasted the game winner over left-field fence to give the Matadors a 3-2 victory.
"Korinne's home run was very timely and Maas did a nice job of getting on base in front of her," CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers said. "I think we saw a lot of pitches throughout the game and that helped set up the situation."
"For a senior to step up big in that situation, I am happy for her. She is a very capable player who has the power, speed and consistency to be a great hitter."
The homer lifted CSUN starter Shelly Tait (7-9) to a complete game victory. The senior worked around eight hits, three walks and two errors to allow just one earned run.
Yates allowed six hits and two walks in taking the loss for Cal Poly.
The two wins Saturday gives CSUN its third series victory over Cal Poly in the past four seasons.
Northridge and Cal Poly will play the third and final game of the series Sunday at Matador Diamond. First pitch is slated for noon.