March 4, 2011
FULLERTON, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (6-10) picked up a 6-4 victory over Murray State Friday afternoon at the DeMarini Invitational on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. Samantha Sloniker and Mikayla Thielges each mashed home runs and Hannah Fraijo tossed a complete game to help lead CSUN to the victory.
For the first time in a few games, CSUN flexed its offensive muscles in defeating the Racers. The Matadors finished with seven hits and drew four walks in the game. Thielges had two hits and three RBIs while seven other Matadors registered a hit or walk.
That proved to be enough offense for Fraijo, who tossed seven innings with five hits and four strikeouts to improve to 4-2 on the season.
Northridge jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as illegal pitches plagued Murray State starter Chelsey Sullivan. Tracy Allen had an RBI single and Korinne Randazzo drew a bases loaded walk to give the Matadors the early advantage.
Murray State answered right back with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the frame to tie things up.
Undeterred, Sloniker ripped her second home run of the season in the top of the second to give CSUN a lead it would not relinquish.
Things stayed at 3-2 until the top of the fifth. Madeline Sale led off the inning with a single and was pinch-ran for by Leann Lopez. Allen then laid down a sac bunt to move Lopez to second and Kristen Mihm was hit by a pitch. That set up Thielges, who, after fouling off several pitches, blasted her team-leading fourth home run of the season into right-center.
After holding the Racers hitless following the first inning, Fraijo allowed a hit in the sixth and then gave up a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh before slamming the door shut.
The Matadors remain in Orange County for their next three games as part of the DeMarini Invitational. Northridge faces Northwestern Saturday, Mar. 5 at 3:45 p.m., and then plays Southern Miss at 11:15 a.m. and No. 14 Stanford at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 6.