Feb. 13, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Cal State Northridge split its two games Friday at the Kajikawa Classic. In dramatic fashion, Northridge took a 3-2 decision over Purdue. In the second game of the day, the Matadors and No. 1 Washington took turns mashing home runs before the Huskies pulled away with a 10-5 victory.
The Cal State Northridge softball team rallied with two outs in the seventh inning to defeat Purdue 3-2 Saturday afternoon at the Kajikawa Classic. Amanda Pitzenberger pitched well in her first start of the season, tossing a complete game, and Christina Saenz drove home the winning run with a hit-by-pitch in the seventh inning.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Lauren Olivas reached on an error by the Purdue second baseman and Karla Chaparro then blooped a single into left field. Alexandria Alvarado then blasted a ground-rule double to left field that brought Olivas home and sent Chaparro to third. Jaclyn Rymer then drew a walk and Tracy Allen also received a free pass to bring home Chaparro.
To end the game, Saenz was hit by a pitch, scoring Alvarado and giving Northridge the 3-2 victory.
Pitzenberger made her first start of the season for CSUN in the circle. She scattered five hits while striking out four and walking one to earn the victory. Erika Petruzzi took the loss for Purdue.
Purdue jumped on the scoreboard first, getting a run in the third. A walk and a single put runners on second and third with one out. The first Boilermaker run scored on a passed ball. Things could have been worse, but Jaci Carlsen came up firing on an infield grounder to nail a Purdue runner at the plate for the second out. Pitzenberger then induced another ground ball to end the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Jaclyn Rymer and Tracy Allen started the frame with back-to-back singles. Both then moved up a base on a sac bunt by Christina Saenz. Jennifer Mosier then drew a walk to load the bases with one out. However, the next two CSUN batters could not get the ball out of the infield and Northridge was left scoreless.
Purdue added another run in the fifth inning, extending their lead to 2-0.
The Cal State Northridge softball team lost 10-5 to No. 1 Washington. The Matadors and Huskies each mashed double-digit hits in the game and CSUN battled all the way until the final out against the defending national champion.
The game was a back-and-forth affair that was tied twice after three and half innings of play. Washington broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth when Danielle Lawrie cranked a grand slam, her second home run of the game, off Debbie Duran.
Still, CSUN would not go quietly, scoring twice in the top of the seventh before Washington was finally able to nail the door shut.
Three Matadors saw time in the circle against Washington. Mia Pagano started the game, going 1.1 innings while allowing three runs and three hits with one strikeout. Duran tossed 2.1 innings of work, surrendering six hits with five runs and two walks. Hannah Fraijo was the final CSUN pitcher, going 2.1 innings. She gave up three hits and two walks, but also struck out three Huskies.
Baily Harris picked up the win for Washington, tossing four innings of relief work.
Northridge returns to the diamond Sunday for its final two games in Tempe. First up is a meeting with Texas A&M at 9 a.m. MT, followed by a match-up with Oregon at 1:30 p.m.