February 24, 2014

Matadors Conclude Time at Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with Win over UNLV

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge softball team (7-8) lost 4-0 to Oklahoma State and defeated UNLV 4-2 Sunday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. In the win over UNLV, Brianna Elder tossed a complete game and Kaitlin Toerner went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored.

UNLV Recap

Facing a regional rival, CSUN scored three runs in the second and got a strong performance from Elder (6-3) to down UNLV.

Making her eighth start of the season, Elder delivered her fifth complete game of the year to go with five strikeouts. She allowed seven hits and one walk, but was charged for just one earned run and carries a 3.00 ERA in a team-high 46.2 innings.

"This year I have come in with a whole new mindset: I want to be the one the team can know they can lean on," Elder said. "I only pitched one complete game last year and I wanted to throw more this year."

After the Rebels struck for a run in the first, CSUN stormed back with three in the second. With two outs, Maylynn Mitchell reached on a fielding error and wound up at third after Tanna Bindi singled and an error allowed her to take second.

That brought up Toerner, who delivered a two-run single to put CSUN up 2-1. Abby Linn then plated Toerner with a double to center field.

With the score 3-2 in the top of the fifth, CSUN manufactured a run thanks to another UNLV error. Sydney House singled to right field and Carissa Sherman replaced her as a pinch runner.

With Madison Fleming at the plate, Sherman broke for second and the throw caromed off her leg and into left field. The rookie got up and wheeled all the way around to score and give CSUN an 4-2 advantage.

"We did a good job of getting ahead in the counts in the cirlce, limited our walks and played good defense," CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers said. "We know we can hit and that we have good speed, so limiting the chances of our opponents gives us a much better opportunity to win."

Oklahoma State Recap

The Matadors had chances against the Cowgirls, but could not muster the timely hits needed to get the win.

Taylor Glover singled to start the third. She then stole second and moved up to third on a throwing error. However, she was eventually cut down at the plate on a fielder's choice.

In the sixth, the Matadors loaded the bases with one out in the inning. However, the next two batters struck out to end the threat. In all, CSUN fanned 12 times in the loss to Oklahoma State.

For her part, Daphne Pofek (0-3) did her part to keep CSUN in the game. She tossed 5.2 innings and kept the game at 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth. She had two strikeouts and allowed eight hits.

CSUN now opens a long stretch of home games at Matador Diamond. Northridge hosts Portland State and Rutgers this upcoming weekend with games running on Feb. 28, Mar. 1 and Mar. 2.

The Matadors' official home opener is Saturday, Mar. 1 against Portland State at 11:30 a.m. CSUN will also face Rutgers at approximately 2 p.m. or after the conclusion of the Portland State contest.