Feb. 6, 2009
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge softball team (1-1) split its opening games at the Cathedral City Kickoff Friday, defeating Liberty 13-0 before falling 9-8 to Fordham. Junior Alexandria Alvarado had five hits and four RBIs in the two games for Northridge, while 11 different Matadors scored at least one run on the day.
In the first game of the day, the Matadors won a 13-0, five-inning decision over Liberty University. The margin of victory was the largest by a Matador team for\ its first win of the season in school history. Every Matador batter scored a run and junior DEBORAH DURAN picked up her first Northridge career victory in the win against the Flames.
The Matadors got on the board quickly, picking up a run in the first inning. Sophomore Karla Chaparro drew a walk to lead off the game and then moved to second on a sac bunt by senior Micah Putnam. Then with one out and following a walk by junior Jaclyn Rymer, Alexandria Alvarado laced a single to right field to plate Chaparro.
Northridge then scored eight runs in the second, batting around in the frame. With one out, sophomore Tracy Allen started the rally by drawing a walk. Chaparro then reached on an error and the two then executed a double-steal to put runners on second and third. Putnam then ripped a single to right field to score both.
Freshman Jaci Carlsen reached on another error and with two-outs, Alvarado was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Junior Christina Saenz then drew a walk to bring Putnam home and sophomore Krystal Raphael then chopped a two-run single to short to increase CSUN's lead to 6-0. Senior Sarah Kahn-Shamout and Allen then connected on back-to-back RBI singles to bring home Saenz and Raphael, respectively. After Allen stole her second base of the inning, Chaparro then singled to right to bring Kahn-Shamout home.
In the third inning, Carlsen cranked her first career home run, blasting a towering solo shot to left field to increase CSUN's lead to 10-0. The Matadors wrapped up their scoring with three more runs in the fifth. Rymer and Alvarado hit consecutive singles to lead-off the inning and a walk by Saenz loaded the bases. Freshman Hannah Fraijo then drew a walk to bring Rymer home. Following a fielder's choice, Kristen Mihm smashed a pinch-hit RBI single to score Saenz and Chaparro drove in the final run with an RBI groundout to second.
Duran, a transfer from San Jose City College, tossed five innings of two-hit softball to pick up her first win as a Matador. She walked three and struck out two, losing her no-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning.
In what turned into a thrilling game that went down to the final at-bats, the Matadors lost 9-8 to Fordham Friday night.
After Fordham jumped out to a 7-0 lead through five innings, Northridge staged a memorable comeback, scoring four runs in both the sixth and seventh inning to take an 8-7 lead into the bottom of the seventh. However, Fordham answered with a pair of runs in the frame to slip past CSUN.
The Rams, who finished 36-30 overall in 2008, used the long ball throughout the game and finished the contest with four home runs. However, the power did not deter Northridge, who rallied in the sixth and seventh inning.
In the sixth, senior Micah Putnam started the inning with a single. Then with one out, junior Jaclyn Rymer reached on an error by the Fordham first baseman and Alvarado then laced a single at the shortstop that enabled Putnam to score. The next CSUN batter, Christina Saenz, then deposited a double down the left-field line to plate Rymer and move Alvarado to third, who then scored on a wild pitch during an at-bat from Hannah Fraijo. She then singled to left field to score Saenz and make the score 7-4.
The seventh inning provided plenty of dramatics. Lauren Olivas walked to start the inning and moved to second on a single by Putnam. Freshman Jaci Carlsen then walked to load the bases and Rymer drew a walk to force home Olivas. Following a pitching change, Alvarado then crushed a ground-rule double to left-center that scored two. Saenz then came up clutch again with an RBI single to give CSUN an 8-7 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Samantha Pellechio led off the inning with a home run to left that tied the game at 8-8. Fordham then took advantage of a two-base error and plated the winning run on an RBI single with one out.
Three pitchers saw action for Northridge against Fordham. Fraijo started the game and went three innings, allowing six runs and five hits while striking out three. Claire Rietmann-Grout made her Northridge debut with two innings of relief, allowing two hits, one run and striking out three. DEBORAH DURAN closed out the game and took the loss, going 1.1 innings. She picked up the loss in the game while Beckah Wiggins was the winning pitcher.
The Matadors resume action Saturday with a pair of games. First up is game with No. 22 Georgia at 12:30 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. contest against Wisconsin.