SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (23-12, 1-1 Big West) split a doubleheader with Cal Poly Saturday afternoon in both teams' Big West Conference opener Saturday afternoon at Bob Janssen Field. After falling 1-0 in game one, CSUN won 2-1 in 12 innings in game two to split the doubleheader. Madison Fleming blasted a two-run double to left in the top of the 12th and Daphne Pofek tossed six innings of relief work to earn the victory.
Game One Recap
Cal Poly struck for an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth. The Matadors committed two errors on the infield during the frame and allowed the Mustangs to push one across the plate.
That was all Cal Poly's Sierra Hyland would need to record a perfect game. She finished with 11 strikeouts in the game to pick up her 16th win of the season.
Her counterpart, Brianna Elder (15-5), did not pitch terribly in taking the loss. She allowed just two hits and the only run of the game was unearned.
Game Two Recap
The Matadors and Mustangs engaged in a scoreless duel through 11 innings before Fleming's first career double gave CSUN its first two runs of the day and eventually, a 2-1 victory.
Abby Linn started the 12th with a single and then moved to second on a single by Taylor Glover. After Katie Hooper moved each runner up a base, Fleming blasted a base hit past a diving Mustang in left field to plate Linn and Glover. She became the 13th different Matador to record a double this season.
In the bottom of the 12th, Cal Poly struck for one run before Pofek (5-3) closed the door on the comeback attempt. She allowed six hits and a walk, but had four strikeouts in the victory. Jordan Saucedatossed the first six innings for CSUN and allowed six hits and a walk.
The Matadors conclude the series Sunday with a single game against the Mustangs. First pitch is slated for noon. Next week, CSUN return to Matador Diamond for a three-game series with UC Davis on Apr. 5 and Apr. 6. The teams play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 5 at noon followed by a single game on Sunday, April 6 also at noon.