Feb. 12, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Cal State Northridge softball team lost twice Friday at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. In their first game, the Matadors suffered a tough 3-2 loss to North Dakota State, then nearly rallied to upset No. 15 Northwestern before falling 6-3.
In the season-opening game against the Bison, CSUN jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Jaci Carlsen was hit by a pitch on the first pitch of the game and then stole second base. She came around to score on an RBI single by Alexandria Alvarado.
Northridge would then double its lead against NDSU in the top of the third inning on a bases-loaded walk by Mikayla Thielges. It was the first RBI of her career.
However, the fifth inning proved costly to the Matadors. The first two Bison reached, and following a line-out, Hannah Fraijo committed a throwing error that allowed the two Bison baserunners to score and sent the batter to third. The winning run would come around to score on illegal pitch by Fraijo.
Fraijo was saddled with the loss, tossing two innings with one strikeout and one walk. Mia Pagano started the game for Northridge, tossing four solid innings of three-hit softball with a walk. All three Bison runs were unearned.
CSUN finished with only two hits against the Bison. Christina Saenz had the other Northridge hit. Whitney Johnson picked up the win for North Dakota State, tossing a complete game with nine strikeouts and five walks.
In the second game of the day, the 15th-ranked Wildcats jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning and added another run in the top of the second.
However, the Matadors would mount a rally, scoring twice with two outs in the bottom of the third. Amanda Pitzenberger drew a walk and then moved to second on a sac bunt by Krystal Raphael. She would then come around to score on an RBI single by Jennifer Mosier.
With the throw coming to the plate, Mosier moved to second on the play and she came around to score on a ground-rule double RBI by Karla Chaparro.
CSUN would then tie the game in the bottom of the fourth. Jaclyn Rymer led off the inning with a walk and moved to second when Tracy Allen reached on an error. Saenz laid down a bunt to move the runners up a base and Lauren Olivas drove home Rymer with an RBI single to center. Allen was thrown out at the plate on the play.
However, Northwestern would take the lead for good in the fifth inning on a two-run home run. The Wildcats would add another run in the top of the seventh to end the scoring.
Debbie Duran tossed a complete game for the Matadors in the circle, scattering six hits and walking five with two strikeouts. Jessica Smith earned the win for NU, going four innings. Meghan Lamberth picked up the save in three innings of relief work.
Mosier added her second hit of the game in the top of the seventh, mashing CSUN's second ground-rule double of the game. However, she would be stranded to end the game.
The Matadors return to the diamond Saturday with a pair of games. First up is a contest with Purdue at 4:30 p.m. MT, and then a meeting with defending national champion Washington at 7 p.m. MT.