NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (13-9) defeated Oregon State 6-2 and lost 2-1 to Charleston Southern Sunday in a pair of non-conference contests at Matador Diamond. Junior Brianna Elder recorded her 10th win and had six strikeouts in downing Oregon State for the second time this year.
Despite the loss to the Buccaneers, CSUN has won seven of its last eight contests and are 9-1 in games decided by two runs or less. At 13-9 in the Matadors are off to their best start since the 2009 season.
Oregon State Recap
The Matadors scored six runs in a wild third inning to back up another strong outing from Elder. She went 6+ innings and allowed four hits and one earned run to go with six strikeouts. She is now 10-3 with a 2.29 ERA and 72 K's in 76.1 innings of work.
After the Beavers scored a run in the top of the first, CSUN struck for six in the bottom of the third. Kaitlin Toerner was hit by pitch to start the frame and moved all the way to third when Abby Linn singled and Oregon State committed committed an error on the play.
Taylor Glover then drove home Toerner with an RBI single. Glover would steal second and Linn came into score on a RBI fielder's choice by Katie Hooper. Carissa Sherman came in to run for Hooper and with Glover on second, the duo executed a double steal. The throw went into left field to allow Glover to score. Sherman then came all the way around to score from second on a wild pitch.
Charleston Southern Recap
In a tight contest, CSUN could not rally to defeat the Buccaneers and lost for the first time in eight games.
Charleston Southern scored a run in the first and got another in the fifth. CSUN scored once in the bottom of the sixth when Crystal Maas drove home Glover on a sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Matadors nearly mounted a rally. Madalyne Handy drew a walk to start the inning and then moved to second on a sac bunt by Toerner. However, a pinch runner for Handy would be stranded in scoring position when the game ended.
Jordan Sauceda (1-2) took the loss for CSUN. She started and went four innings, allowing three hits with one walk and one strikeout. Daphne Pofek tossed two innings and Elder finished out the contest for Northridge.
The Matadors return to action on Wednesday, Mar. 12 with a home doubleheader against Utah State. The first game is slated to begin at 1 p.m.