Feb. 28, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (5-9) defeated Michigan State three times Sunday at Matador Diamond. The Matadors won 6-5, 6-1 and 4-3 over the Spartans behind an offense that hit .358 and a defense that limited MSU to a .280 on-base percentage in the three contests.
At the plate, Christina Saenz raised her season average to a team-high .378 by batting .600 against Michigan State with two home runs and three RBIs. Jaclyn Rymer and Alexandria Alvarado batted .556 and .500, respectively, off the Spartan staff and Lauren Olivas, Jennifer Mosier and Tracy Allen all batted over .300 in the three-game series.
In the circle, Hannah Fraijo won two of the three games, tossing 12.0 innings of work and scattering just seven hits with just one earned run. MSU batters hit .170 off of Fraijo on the weekend. Amanda Pitzenberger picked up the other CSUN victory, going 7.0 innings over two days with two strikeouts and zero walks.
Game One Recap
Game one, which started Saturday and was postponed until Sunday morning, saw MSU hold as large as a 5-1 lead in the game. However, the Matadors scored five runs in the sixth and seventh to take the victory.
In the sixth, Rymer led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a single by Alvarado. Allen then had an RBI single to plate Rymer. With no outs, CSUN the successfully pulled off a double-steal, with Allen moving to second and Alvarado swiping home. A Jaci Carlsen Sac Fly brought home Allen and set up a dramatic seventh.
Karla Chaparro started the seventh with a single to left field, then moved up a bag on a passed ball. Olivas slapped a single to left and she and Chaparro moved up a bag on a wild pitch. Rymer then walked and Alvarado reached safely on a fielder's choice to load the bases. After two Matadors were unsuccessful, Carlsen earned a bases-loaded walk to end the game.
Saenz hit the first of her two home runs on the day in the first game.
Pitzenberger tossed a complete game in the victory, scattering six hits and three earned runs to go along with two K's. Shelby Wise took the loss for Michigan State.
Game Two Recap
In game two Sunday, Northridge jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and never looked back in its 6-1 victory. Michigan State committed four errors in the opening inning to help set the pace for the Matador victory.
Olivas led off the first with a single and moved all the way to third on a fielding error by the left fielder. Alvarado reached on a fielding error by the first baseman, allowing Olivas to score. Allen then also reached on an error and Saenz singled up the middle to load the bases. CSUN would get one more run across in the frame.
In the bottom of the second, Northridge would add its final four runs of the game. With one out, Olivas singled through the right side and Rymer followed that with another single. Alvarado collected the third-straight CSUN single and Allen then drove in two with a bases-loaded single into right field. Saenz picked up an RBI in with a single to score Alvarado and Jennifer Mosier also had an RBI single in the game.
Fraijo tossed 7.0 strong innings of work, scattering five hits with 7 K's to earn the shutout. Wise took the loss again for Michigan State.
Game Three Recap
Northridge recorded a 4-3 victory in a travel-shortened six innings. The winning run scored as a result of an illegal pitch.
Michigan State came out aggressive in the third contest Sunday. The Spartans got two runs in the top of the first thanks to a single, sac bunt, triple and another single. That forced Northridge Associate Coach Roni Sparrey to remove starter Debbie Duran in favor of Fraijo.
CSUN responded with three runs in the bottom of the second. Saenz blasted an opposite-field shot to start the frame. With one out, Mosier and Krystal Raphael string together consecutive singles and following an error, Rymer brought home Mosier and Raphael with a two-run single.
The Spartans tied up the game in the top of the third on a solo shot by Lindsay Hansen.
Then in the fifth, Rymer walked with one out and moved to second on an Alvarado free pass. Allen then singled to left field, but Rymer was thrown out at the plate. The Spartans thought they were out of the inning when Saenz flew out to left, but the umpires called an illegal pitch on the play, bringing home Alvarado as the winning run.
Fraijo then nailed down the sixth to earn her second victory of the day. She tossed 5.0 innings of work, fanning five and allowing only two hits and one walk. Kelly Confer took the loss for Michigan State.
The Matadors, who are now on a four-game winning streak, return to action Friday when they host the Matador Invitational. The University of Iowa, Cal State Bakersfield, Saint Mary's and Santa Clara will all participate in the tournament which runs from Mar. 5-7 at Matador Diamond.
A complete Matador Invitational schedule and results can be found at GoMatadors.com.