February 14, 2014

Matadors Figure in Pair of Run-Rule Games at Easton Desert Classic

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge softball team (4-3) defeated Boise State 12-2 in five innings and lost 9-0 to Ohio State in five innings Friday at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. CSUN cranked out four home runs and 12 hits vs. the Broncos, but could manage only three hits in the shutout loss to the Buckeyes.

Boise State Recap

The Cal State Northridge softball team smashed four home runs and collected 12 hits in a 12-2, five-inning victory over Boise State Friday afternoon at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. Freshman Katie Hooper became the 28th Matador in program history to homer twice in game while fellow rookie Taylor Glover finished with four RBIs, three runs, a home run and a double.

In their first game in Sin City, the Matadors certainly saw the ball well. Not to be outdone by her freshmen teammates, Abby Linn had three hits, including her first career triple, and scored a career-high four runs in the victory. The junior from Saugus, Calif., is batting .571 through the first six games of the year.

The visiting team Friday afternoon, CSUN jumped on the Broncos' pitcher early. After Linn started the game with a triple, she scored on Glover's first career home run.

In the top of the second, Maylynn Mitchell led off the frame with her team-leading third home run of the year. CSUN added two more runs in the inning off a couple base hits and a few Boise State errors. Crystal Maas had an RBI single while Glover scored on a passed ball.

The offense kept rolling in the third. Mitchell reached on an error and Linn singled with two outs. That brought up Glover, who drove home both with a double to right center. She then came around to score on Hooper's first home run of the game.

After Boise State scored twice in the bottom of the third, CSUN responded with a Madison Fleming RBI single to score Tanna Bindi with two outs in the top of the fourth. In the fifth, Hooper went deep for the second time and plated Linn with the two-run shot.

That was more than enough offense for CSUN starter Brianna Elder (3-0). She tossed all five innings and allowed five hits to go with two strikeouts. The victory marked CSUN's first ever against Boise State on the softball diamond.

Ohio State Recap

CSUN could not sustain its offensive momentum in a 9-0 loss to Ohio State. Maylynn Mitchell recorded two of the Matadors' three hits, but Ohio State got to CSUN starter Jordan Sauceda (1-1) early in the victory.

Ohio State scored two runs in the first and second and added five in the fourth off the Matador pitchers. Sauceda went 2.0 innings with two walks and a strikeout. Crystal Maas tossed 1.2 innings and allowed six hits with three strikeouts while Daphne Pofek tossed the final 1.1 innings of work.

Madison Fleming had CSUN's third hit in the game. Alex DiDomenico tossed a complete game shutout for the Buckeyes.

CSUN will look to rebound Saturday with a pair of games in Las Vegas. The Matadors square off with No. 1 Florida and Toledo Saturday and then will face No. 10 Oregon on Sunday to conclude their time at Easton Desert Classic.

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