May 10, 2014

Matador Softball Comes Up Short on Senior Day

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge softball team (31-26, 8-13 Big West) lost 10-1 in five innings to Cal State Fullerton Saturday afternoon in the finale of a three-game Big West Conference series at Matador Diamond. Abby Linn belted her third double of the season and Maylynn Mitchell had a stolen base, but the Matadors could not slow down the Titans' offense on Senior Day.

On a sunny day in the San Fernando Valley, Cal State Fullerton came out of the gate quickly to temper the festivities of Senior Day at CSUN. The Titans scored three runs in the first inning on a bases-loaded double. 

Northridge came back and answered with a run in the bottom of the first. Linn started the frame with a double down the left-field line and she came into score on an RBI single by Katie Hooper. A freshman from Burbank, Calif., Hooper finished second on the team with 36 RBIs on the season. 

However, Cal State Fullerton continued to find success at the plate and scored six runs in the top of the third. Missy Taukeiaho blasted a solo home run in the top of the fifth to conclude the day's scoring. 

CSUN starter Daphne Pofek (5-7) allowed three runs and four hits in two innings of work. Jordan Sauceda and Jennifer Tyler also saw time in the circle for the Matadors Saturday. 

The Matadors concluded the regular season with a 31-26 record, posting six more wins than they had in 2013, and marking the fourth time since 2000 that the team reached the 30-win mark. 

CSUN set a new program Division I record with 69 steals as a team. CSUN also had 11 triples on the year, the most by a Matador squad since the 2000 season. 

Individually, Brianna Elder became CSUN's first 20-game winner since the 2001 season and finished the year 22-12 with a 2.58 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 193 innings of work. 

Offensively, Taylor Glover led the Matadors in numerous categories during her rookie season. She set a program Division I record with six triples on the year and tied the program's Division I record with 19 steals on the year. 

Saturday's contest marked the final home games for CSUN's three seniors: Tanna Bindi, Leann Lopez and Tyler. The entire CSUN community would like to thank the trio for pridefully representing the team with honor and integrity during their Matador careers. 

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