Matadors Rebound with Pair of Victories Sunday

The Cal State Northridge softball team (21-10) defeated Pacific 7-5 and Bakersfield 4-2 Sunday in a pair of non-conference contests at Matador Diamond. Freshman Taylor Glover, the Big West Player of the Week, continued her hot play by collecting five hits and five RBIs while extending her hitting streak to 15 games.  In the circle, Jordan Sauceda and Daphne Pofek each recorded wins while Pofek nailed down the Bakersfield win for her second career save.

Pacific Recap

The Matadors avenged a loss Saturday with a 7-5 victory Sunday against their former Big West rivals in the Pacific Tigers. Glover went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run. Kaitlin Toerner finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and a career-high two stolen bases.

After Pacific struck for a run in the first inning, CSUN answered with four in the second.  Taylor Nate and Madison Fleming drew walks and Maylynn Mitchell reached on an error to load the bases. Toerner then plated Nate with a single to right and Fleming came in to score on the play on an error by the Pacific right fielder. With two outs in the frame, Glover doubled down the left-field line to score Mitchell and Toerner.

CSUN added another run in the third. Jenny Tyler singled to start the inning and Carissa Sherman came in as a pinch runner. After stealing second, Sherman would score on another fielding error by the Tigers.

Pacific clawed back into the game with two runs of its own in the third. However, the Matadors answered back with two runs of their own in the fourth.

Toerner started the frame with a bunt single and then stole second and third. With one out, Glover blasted her third home run of the season. She now has a team-high 27 RBIs on the season.

Pacific scored two more runs in the fifth to conclude the game's scoring.

In the circle, Pofek (4-3) worked around four hits and six walks to earn her fourth win of the season. Crystal Maas tossed the final three innings and allowed one hit with one strikeout.

Bakersfield Recap

In the second game of its day, CSUN rallied from an early deficit to defeat the Roadrunners for the second time this weekend.

In the circle, Sauceda (2-2) tossed six innings and allowed only four hits and a walk. She had three strikeouts and only one of the two runs she allowed were earned. Pofek had a strikeout in the seventh to post her second career save.

Bakersfield struck for an unearned run in the first inning. In the bottom of the second, CSUN answered with two runs to take the lead.

Sauceda started the frame by helping her own cause with a solo home run, the first of her Matador career. With one out, Mitchell singled and moved to second on a sac bunt by Toerner. Glover then delivered an infield single to plate Mitchell.

Bakersfield would tie the game in the bottom of the fourth before CSUN scored twice in the sixth to take the victory.

Madalyne Handy started the inning with a pinch-hit single and Sherman entered the game to run for her. Mitchell put down a bunt that was mishandled and allowed her to reach. The duo executed a double steal to get into scoring position and with one out, both came in to score on a two-run single by Abby Linn.

Glover had two hits in the win while Sherman recorded her eighth stolen base of the year. Toerner's sacrifice bunt was her team-leading fifth of the season and she batted .600 for the day with three hits.

The Matadors return to action on Wednesday, March 26 with a doubleheader in San Diego. The Matadors will face the University of San Diego at 5 p.m. and then take on San Diego State at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be played on the campus of San Diego State.

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