Northridge Falls to No. 2 UCLA, 8-0
Feb. 23, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge Matadors (4-7) lost to the No. 2-ranked UCLA Bruins (10-1) at Matador Diamond, 8-0, in five innings on Wednesday.
The game started well for the Matadors as they were able to set down the Bruins without much trouble in the first inning. In the bottom half of the first, a catcher's interference call was awarded to first baseman Madeline Sale, who became the first baserunner for Northridge.
Rightfielder Samantha Sloniker got the lone hit for the Matadors, a single to center with two outs in the third inning to break up the no-hitter.
UCLA was able to plate three runs in the top of the second, two of which came on a sinking line drive that was just out of the reach of centerfielder Kristen Mihm as she dove to make a play. The Bruins tacked on a fourth run in the top of the third inning, and completed the scoring with a grand slam in their half of the fourth.
Cal State Northridge had a chance to put runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning as catcher Mikayla Thielges was hit by a pitch to lead off. Jaci Carlsen followed with a walk and CSUN had runners on first and second with no outs. The Bruins, however, were able to get away unscathed to finish the game.
Carly Wade (1-5) pitched 3.2 innings for the Matadors in the defeat.
The Matadors return to action this Friday at 11:30 a.m. against UNLV in Riverside, Calif. as part of the Amy S. Harrison Classic hosted by UC Riverside. Northridge will play the Rebels, UC Riverside and Boise State before getting a rematch with UNLV to finish the tournament on Feb. 27.