Matadors Split Saturday Twinbill at Mayfair Invitational

Feb. 28, 2009

LAKEWOOD, Calif. -

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The Cal State Northridge softball team split its two games Saturday at the Mayfair Invitational, defeating Iowa State, 3-2, in eight innings before falling 5-3 to BYU. Christina Saenz had four hits on the day and Amanda Pitzenberger picked up her first win of the season in the circle.

For the season, Saenz leads the team with a .438 batting average and 12 RBIs. She also has a team-high 14 hits and a .571 on-base percentage. Other offensive leaders now include Jaclyn Rymer, who leads the team with 11 runs and Karla Chaparro, who now has a team-high five stolen bases.

On the day, the combination of Pitzenberger, Hannah Fraijo and Debbie Duran surrendered only one earned run, lowering the team ERA to 3.35 for the season. The trio gave up only 12 hits in 15 innings on the day.

Iowa State Recap

The Cal State Northridge softball team defeated Iowa State, 3-2, in eight innings Saturday at the Mayfair Invitational. Junior Christina Saenz was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, driving in two runs, drawing a walk and scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth.

Jaclyn Rymer and Karla Chaparro each had two hits for the Matadors and Rymer and Tracy Allen each scored a run against the Cyclones.

Northridge got a run across in the first to take a 1-0 lead. Jaclyn Rymer led off the inning with a single and then stole second. Jaci Carlsen then drew a walk and Christina Saenz drove home Rymer with a single to left field.

Iowa State got a run in the top of the sixth with a two-out single to tie the score at 1-1. The run chased CSUN starter Hannah Fraijo, who pitched well despite earning a no decision. She allowed only three hits in 5.2 innings of work and struck out three and walked one.

The game went into extra-innings and in the top of the eighth, Iowa State scored a run on an RBI triple to right-center.

In the top of the eighth, Tracy Allen started at second due to tiebreaker rules. She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jaci Carlsen and scored on a single by Saenz to tie the score.

On the next play, chaos ensued. Micah Putnam laid down a sac bunt that moved to Saenz to third. However, obstruction was called on an ISU infielder and as Saenz broke for third, the first baseman threw down to try and get her out. The ball ricocheted off Saenz's helmet and rolled down the third-base line, allowing Saenz to score the winning run.

Amanda Pitzenberger picked up the win for CSUN, her first of the season. She tossed 2.1 innings of relief, striking out one and allowing one hit and one unearned run. Rachel Zabriskie was saddled with the loss, tossing a complete game while striking out five Matadors.

BYU Recap

BYU defeated Cal State Northridge, 5-3, Saturday afternoon at the Mayfair Invitational. Micah Putnam had an RBI while Lauren Olivas, Tracy Allen and Alexandria Alvarado all scored runs for the Matadors.

Debbie Duran started the game, going 4.1 innings and allowing seven hits and five unearned runs. She also fanned four batters. She now has a 5-4 record wit a 2.45 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 45.2 innings of work.

Northridge scored a pair of runs in the first inning. Jaclyn Rymer was hit by a pitch to start the game. She moved up a base on a fielding error by the BYU infield in Tracy Allen's at-bat, allowing Allen to reach first safely. Alexandria Alvarado singled up the middle to load the bases.

Following a strikeout, Micah Putnam laced a sharp single that deflected off the BYU pitcher to bring home Rymer. Krystal Raphael then hit a sharp grounder that the Cougar first baseman misplayed, allowing Allen to score. However, Alvarado was tagged out at the plate for the final out of the inning.

Northridge added another run in the top of second to increase its lead to 3-0. Lauren Olivas led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Karla Chaparro. Olivas then moved to third on a groundout and scored on wild pitch.

BYU scored a five runs in the bottom of the fifth following a pair of Northridge fielding errors, capped off by a three-run home run by Angie Quiocho. Christie Zinanti picked up the win, allowing three runs, four hits and four walks in 5.1 innings. Paige Affleck recorded a save for the Cougars, throwing the last 1.2 innings.

Northridge concludes its time in at the Mayfair Invitational Sunday, facing Wisconsin and No. 12 Fresno State. The Matadors and Badgers meet for the second time at 10:45 a.m. and the Bulldogs and Northridge sqaure off for the second time this season at 1:15 p.m.