Northridge Defeats No. 12 Fresno State; Pitching Powers Matadors to Sunday Sweep

March 1, 2009

LAKEWOOD, Calif. -

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The Cal State Northridge softball team (8-7) used dominating pitching Sunday to defeat Wisconsin and No. 12 Fresno State, 1-0, in its final two games at The Mayfair Invitational. Hannah Fraijo and Debbie Duran allowed only seven hits in 14 innings of work and Fraijo picked up her first career win and save on the day.

Fraijo now stands at 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 23.1 innings of work. Opponents are hitting just .165 off the freshman for the season. She started aganst Wisconsin, tossing a complete game and nailed down the save against No. 12 Fresno State.

Duran is now 6-4 with a 2.15 ERA with opponents hitting .250 off her in 52 innings of work. The junior started against No. 12 Fresno State and did not allow a runner past second base in 6.2 innings of work.

At the plate, Christina Saenz and Jaci Carlsen each delivered game-winning RBIs for the Matadors. Saenz had three hits on the day to raise her season average to a team-high .447. Carlsen now has five RBIs in her rookie season.

Wisconsin Recap

The Cal State Northridge softball team defeated Wisconsin, 1-0, Sunday morning at The Mayfair Invitational. Hannah Fraijo earned her first career victory against the Badgers, tossing a complete game with six strikeouts while allowing only two hits.

Fraijo and UW's Letty Olivarez engaged in a duel throughout the contest. Fraijo set an early tone, fanning the side in the top of the second inning. She did not walk any Badgers and in her two starts at the Mayfair Invitational, allowed only five hits and one earned run in 12.1 innings of work.

Christina Saenz and Micah Putnam led off the bottom of the second with back-to-back singles and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Kristen Mihm. However, the Matadors would strand the two on base.

In the bottom of the fourth, Alexandria Alvarado led off the inning with a double and came around to score on an RBI double by Saenz. Putnam then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Saenz to third base, but Mihm lined sharply into a double play to end the rally.

Olivarez finished the day allowing six hits and the one earned run while striking out three.

Fresno State Recap

The Cal State Northridge softball team defeated No. 12 Fresno State, 1-0, Sunday in its final game at The Mayfair Invitational. Debbie Duran tossed 6.1 innings of five-hit, scoreless softball to earn the win and Hannah Fraijo closed out the seventh inning to ear her first career save.

Duran faced 25 batters in the game, recording one strkeout and two walks in the process. She improved her season record to 6-4 with a 2.15 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 52 innings of work. Fraijo lowered her ERA to 2.70 by tossing 0.2 innings of work to get her first save.

In the bottom of the fourth, FSU threatened by leading off the inning with a sharp single to centerfield. However, Jaclyn Rymer stabbed a liner to first base and doubled off the Bulldog runner at first for a quick two outs.

In the top of the fifth with one out, Tracy Allen doubled down the right-field line. With two down, Jaci Carlsen delivered a pinch-hit RBI single up the middle to bring home Allen and give CSUN a 1-0 lead. It would be the only run of the game.

Fresno State made the bottom of the seventh interesting. With one out, a Bulldog laced a double into the right-center gap. Fraijo came into relieve Duran and walked a batter to put runners on first and second with one out.

However, the next batter grounded to Micah Putnam, who forced out the runner at second on a fielder's choice and the last batter grounded out to Karla Chaparro, who got the game-winning out at second base.

FSU's Morgan Melloh took the loss in the game, allowing only four hits and one earned run over seven innings of work.

Northridge hosts the Worth Invitational next week. The Matadors welcome Portland State, Rutgers and Quinnipac to Matador Diamond from Mar. 6-8. CSUN plays the Vikings and Scarlet Knights twice and the Bobcats once.

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