Matadors Deliver Pair of Walk-Off Wins over Utah State
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (15-9) took both ends of a doubleheader with Utah State Wednesday afternoon, defeating the Aggies 2-1 and 5-4 (8 innings) at Matador Diamond. Brianna Elder and Daphne Pofek delivered tough performances in the circle to help CSUN continue its torrid play at home.
With the wins, CSUN improved to 9-1 over its last 10 games and to 8-1 at Matador Diamond. The victories also moved the Matadors to 11-1 in games decided by two runs or less.
Elder (11-3) delivered her ninth complete game of the season and added six strikeouts in the win. She did not allow an earned run and scattered six hits and a walk.
CSUN struck for a run in the bottom of the first when Abby Linn reached on an error and then came all the away around to score on an RBI double by Taylor Glover. A freshman from Los Angeles, Glover has four doubles and 15 RBIs on the season.
The Aggies struck for an unearned run in the top of the sixth to tie the contest. The Matadors then rallied for the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
In game two, Pofek tossed a career-high eight innings and had six strikeouts as the Matadors rallied to sweep the doubleheader. She also helped her cause offensively, joining Tanna Bindi and Hooper with two hits apiece.
Although she committed two errors, Pofek made enough pitches to keep CSUN in the game. She allowed a three-run home run in the top of the third, but that came after two Matador errors in the inning. Of Utah State's four runs, only one was charged to Pofek and she lowered her ERA to 4.10 on the year.
Hooper picked up her first RBI of the game with a double in the first that scored Glover from first. Linn then picked up a key two-out RBI in the bottom of the second by driving home Bindi with a single down the left-field line.
The Matadors tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs. Carissa Sherman walked and stole second. Linn then drew a walk and with two out in the inning, Sherman scored on a wild pitch. Hooper then drove home Linn to tie the game.
The winning run had to wait for extra innings. With Taylor Nate starting on second, Tanna Bindi reached on a bunt single and Nate moved to third. That brought up Maylynn Mitchell, who singled to center to score Nate and complete the sweep.
Hooper is up to a team-high 17 RBIs and is tied with Glover for the team lead with four doubles. Sherman is up to six stolen bases on the year while Hooper and Linn each have three.
The Matadors return to action Saturday with a doubleheader at LMU. First pitch is slated for noon. Following the games with the Lions, CSUN returns home to host Harvard, Pacific and Bakersfield in a tournament from Mar. 20-23 with all games at Matador Diamond.