Feb. 20, 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (4-6) lost 12-3 in six innings to No. 9 Hawai'i Sunday afternoon in the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. Tracy Allen cranked her second home run of the season and Samantha Sloniker added two hits, but Northridge could not keep pace with a Hawai'i offense that mashed five home runs.
The Matadors jumped on the Rainbow Wahine early. Sloniker led off the game with a single and then moved to second on a groundout. That set-up Allen, who blasted her second home run of the weekend to give the Matadors a 2-0 lead.
However, the Rainbow Wahine collected three home runs, including a grand slam, to score eight runs in the bottom of the second and chase CSUN starter Carly Wade.
Northridge answered with a run in the top of the third. Sloniker started the inning with a single and moved to second on a walk from Leann Lopez. Sloniker would come home to score on an RBI groundout by Mikayla Thielges.
That would be as close as CSUN would get to the ninth-ranked Rainbow Wahine. After retiring nine straight, Hannah Fraijo ran into trouble in the bottom of the sixth. Hawai'i scored four runs in the frame, including the winning run on its fifth home run of the game.
Fraijo tossed the final 4.2 innings for CSUN, giving up seven hits and five earned runs. Wade took her third loss of the weekend after going 1.0 innings with five hits and seven earned runs allowed.
Stephanie Ricketts tossed six innings of four-hit softball with three earned runs to earn the victory.
Up next for the Matadors is a meeting with defending National Champion UCLA in CSUN's 2011 home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 23. The Matadors and Bruins and will meet at Matador Diamond for a 2 p.m. single game.
Northridge returns to California for its next weekend tournament, heading to UC Riverside for four games. In the Inland Empire, CSUN will face Boise State, UNLV twice and UC Riverside in a non-conference contest. That tournament runs from Feb. 25-27 with all games on the UC Riverside campus.