NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (19-9) defeated Bakersfield 5-2 Friday afternoon in a non-conference contest at Matador Diamond. Brianna Elder recorded her 14th win of the season, Daphne Pofek posted her first career save and Taylor Glover and Katie Hooper each had two RBIs for the Matadors.
Facing their longtime rival Roadrunners, the Matadors continued their hot play. CSUN has now won six-straight games and 13 of its last 14. The win also improved CSUN to 10-1 at Matador Diamond this season.
In the circle, Elder (14-3) tossed four innings without allowing an earned run. She worked around four hits and two walks, but did not have a strikeout. Pofek tossed the final three innings for CSUN, allowing two hits with two strikeouts. The save was the first of her career.
At the plate, Glover continued to make impact plays for CSUN. She wrapped her second home run of the year, a two-run shot, around the right field foul pole in the first inning to give the Matadors an early lead.
Bakersfield tied the game with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fourth. However, CSUN answered right back with three runs in its half of the fourth. Sydney House started the frame with a double and Aliyah Ricks came into run for her. With one out, Maylynn Mitchell was hit by a pitch and Jenny Tyler reached on a fielding error to load the bases.
A passed ball allowed Ricks to score and Toerner, who was running for Tyler, and Mitchell scored on a two-run single by Hooper. Hooper and Glover remain tied for the team lead with 22 RBIs on the season. Glover also recorded her 12th stolen base and Taylor Nate swiped her third bag of the season.
The Matadors return to action on Saturday, Mar. 22 with a 2 p.m. game against Pacific at Matador Diamond.