NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (20-27, 6-9 Big West) lost 5-1 to Pacific Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game Big West series at Matador Diamond. Tiffini Lucero and Crystal Maas each had two hits, but the Matadors could not rally for the third time in two days against the Tigers.
Northridge entered the day having won the final Big West Conference series between the two teams and looking for the series sweep. Pacific had other ideas, scoring early to take control of the contest.
Pacific scored a run in the top of the third off CSUN starter Shelly Tait (10-10). She would be responsible for two more runs in the top of the fifth before leaving the game. Tait allowed five hits, two earned runs and had two strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work.
CSUN cut the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth. Lucero singled to start the inning and then moved to second on a sac bunt from Mikayla Thielges. A single from Tanna Bindimoved Lucero to third and she scored on a sac fly from Maylynn Mitchell.
However, the Tigers connected for a two-run home run off Maas in the top of the seventh to extend their lead to 5-1. In the bottom of the seventh, Abby Linn and Maas sandwiched singles around a fly out, but the next two batters went down to end the game.
Dani Bonnet allowed eight hits, but just one walk, in taking the victory for Pacific.
Despite the loss, the Matadors had a successful weekend. CSUN won its second Big West Cofnerence series of the season and has now doubled its win total from a year ago. Finally, Northridge also has more Big West wins this year (6) than they had all of last season.
With nine games left on the league schedule, the Matadors hit the road for their next series. On April 27, Northridge travels to UC Santa Barbara for a doubleheader at noon. The two teams will meet in a single game also at noon on Sunday, April 27.