Matadors Split Opening Day of UTEP Softball Invitational

Feb. 19, 2009


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The Cal State Northridge softball team (2-5) split its first two games at the UTEP Softball Invitational Thursday. In the tournament's opener, the Matadors defeated Northern Colorado, 10-1, in five innings before falling 10-0 to New Mexico State in five innings.

Against the Bears of UNC, the Matadors wracked up 10 hits and stole seven bases. In the later game, New Mexico State knocked around three Matador pitchers en route to the victory.

Northern Colorado Recap

The Cal State Northridge softball team defeated Northern Colorado, 10-1, in five innings Thursday in the opening game at the UTEP Softball Invitational. Jaclyn Rymer, Tracy Allen and Christina Saenz all had two RBIs while seven different players scored runs for the Matadors.

The Matadors got on the board early against the Bears. With one out in the bottom of the first, Tracy Allen singled and then stole second base, her third swipe of the season. Alexandria Alvarado then drove her home with a single to right field and advanced to second on the throw.

Northridge got another pair of runs in the second. Micah Putnam reached on an error to start the inning and moved to second of a sac bunt by Krystal Raphael. Debbie Duran then drew a walk and both runners moved into scoring position following a groundout by Lauren Olivas. With two outs, Jaclyn Rymer singled to right to bring Putnam home and she immediately stole second. Duran then came around to score on a passed ball to give CSUN a 3-0 lead.

CSUN continued to add runs in the third. With one out, Christina Saenz singled and Karla Chaparro came into pinch-run for her and immediately stole second. With two outs in the inning, Putnam singled to plate Chaparro. Putnam then stole second and third.

The Matadors exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fourth after Northern Colorado scored in the top half of the inning. Duran reached on an error to start the inning and then stole second. Lauren Olivas then reached base after a dropped third strike, which set up Rymer for another RBI single.

Rymer then stole third to give the Matadors runners in scoring postion and Allen smacked a single up the middle to score both Olivas and Rymer. Alvarado then hit a single and she and Allen moved to second and third on a wild pitch. That set up Saenz for a two-run single and she moved to second on the throw. Jaci Carlsen then drove Saenz in to conclude the score and give Northridge a 10-1 lead.

In all, Northridge finished with 10 hits and stole seven bases against Northern Colorado. Duran picked up her second win of the season after tossing four innings, allowing four hits while striking out three. She is now 2-2 with a 2.03 ERA and 14 strikeouts. Hannah Fraijo pitched the top of the fifth for Northridge.

New Mexico State Recap

The Aggies of New Mexico State defeated Cal State Northridge, 10-0, in five innings in the Matadors' second game Thursday at the UTEP Softball Invitational. The Aggies jumped on CSUN starter Claire Rietmann-Grout, scoring five runs in the first two innings off the graduate student.

Amanda Pitzenberger came in to relieve Rietmann-Grout in the middle of the second and did not fare much better. She allowed seven hits and five earned runs in one inning of work in relief. Fraijo tossed the final 1.1 innings for Northridge, walking one and fanning one.

Northridge threatened in the top of the fourth, breaking up the NMSU no-hitter. Tracy Allen singled with one out and moved to third on a double by Alexandria Alvarado. However, the Aggies' Kim Watson retired the next two Matadors in order to escape the jam.

Rietmann-Grout moved to 0-3 with the loss while Watson improved to 5-2. NMSU hit five doubles and two home runs against Matador pitching on the day.

CSUN returns to action Friday with a pair of games. First up is a meeting with San Jose State at 9:30 a.m. MT, followed by a meeting with the host school, UTEP, at 11:30 a.m. MT. Both games will be available on gametracker for live play-by-play at