May 4, 2014

Matadors Split Saturday Doubleheader, Clinch Series with Hawai'i

HONOLULU ---

The Cal State Northridge softball team (31-23, 8-10 Big West) defeated Hawai'i 5-0 and lost 7-3 to the Rainbow Wahine in a Big West Conference doubleheader at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium Saturday. In the Matadors' victory, Brianna Elder tossed a complete game shutout and CSUN jumped out to an early lead to secure the series win against the Rainbow Wahine.

Game One Recap

Junior Brianna Elder (22-11) picked up her second win of the weekend with a four-hit shutout. She finished with six strikeouts in the win. For the season, Elder is 22-11 with a 2.25 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 186.2 innings of work.

The Matadors struck three times in the first inning. Madalyne Handy reached on an error and Taylor Glover laid down a bunt single. Katie Hooper drew a walk and Ariana Wassmer and Madison Fleming were hit by a pitch.

Handy scored on a wild pitch and Glover scored on Fleming's HBP. CSUN added a third run when Leann Lopez was hit by a pitch, allowing Wassmer to score.

In the top of the second, Sherman started the inning with a single to right field. After moving to third with two outs, she scored on an RBI single by Hooper.

An error in the outfield allowed Hooper to take second and she came into score on an RBI single by Wassmer.

Game Two Recap

CSUN took an early 1-0 lead, but Hawai'i used a pair of three-run innings to avoid the series sweep.

In the top of the second, Hooper roped her team-leading 11th double of the season to start the frame. Wassmer then looped a single over first base that was misplayed and allowed her to reach second safely. Maylynn Mitchell then plated Hooper with a single to left field.

However, CSUN allowed three runs in the top of the third and three unearned runs in the fifth to take a 6-1 lead. The Rainbow Wahine tacked on a seventh run in the bottom of the sixth.

In the top of the seventh, the Matadors tried to mount a rally. With two outs, Jordan Sauceda drew a walk and Glover was hit by a pitch. Taylor Nate then drove both home with a double into the right-center gap. However, that would be all the offense CSUN could muster in the final inning.

Elder took the loss, allowing four hits and five runs in four innings. Daphne Pofek went the final 2.0 innings, allowing five hits with three strikeouts.

Despite the loss in the series finale, CSUN captured the series with Hawai'i, its second road series win of the season. The Matadors finished the year with a nice 9-6 record on the road in 2014.

Next week, CSUN wrap up the regular season with a home series against Cal State Fullerton. The Matadors and Titans will play a doubleheader on Friday, May 9 beginning at noon, followed by the regular-season finale on Saturday, May 10 also at noon.

The May 10 game is Senior Day for the Matadors and the softball program will honor its three-member senior class: Tanna Bindi, Leann Lopez and Jennifer Tyler.

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