March 7, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (7-11) split its final day at the Matador Invitational Sunday, falling 5-2 to Santa Clara before defeating Saint Mary's 4-1. Senior Lauren Olivas went 6-for-7 from the plate for the day and Amanda Pitzenberger tossed a complete game, five-hitter to defeat the Gaels.
In the first game, Northridge actually got on the board first. Olivas cranked a triple, the second of her career, then scored on a sac fly by Jaclyn Rymer in the top of the first inning.
However, CSUN starter Debbie Duran ran into trouble in the second. After retiring the side in order in the first, the Broncos tagged Duran for four hits, four earned runs and two walks to finish with five runs in the second.
Northridge could only answer with a single run in bottom of the third, coming on a sac fly by Jaci Carlsen. Olivas finished the game a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate against Santa Clara, setting a new career high for hits in a single game. She scored both Matador runs in the game.
Mia Pagano tossed the final 6.0 innings of work for the Matadors, allowing only two hits and fanning a season-high six batters. Duran took the loss in the contest, dropping her season record to 0-4.
Ali Nash earned the win for Santa Clara and Kaitlyn Rauschnot picked up a save in 2.0 innings of relief work.
Northridge responded in the second game of the day, taking a 4-1 decision over Saint Mary's. Olivas, Alexandria Alvarado, Tracy Allen and Jennifer Mosier all had two hits against the Gaels. Amanda Pitzenberger tossed a complete game to earn her team-leading fifth win of the season.
The Matadors jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after two innings of play. Olivas scored the first of two runs in the bottom of the first and with two outs, Allen drove in Carlsen from second base. In the second, Carlsen blasted a single up the middle to plate Olivas and stretch CSUN's lead to 3-0.
The Matadors added a run in the fifth. Jennifer Mosier started the inning with a single, then stole second base. She then scored on a fielding error by the pitcher to conclude the Matadors' scoring.
Saint Mary's spoiled Pitzenberger's bid for a shutout, tacking on a run in the seventh inning. Pitzenberger allowed only six base runners all game. For the season, she is 5-2 with a 2.92 ERA and a .254 batting-average against.
For the tournament, Olivas batted .533 with eight hits in 15 at-bats. She is now hitting .333 for the season and leads the team with 12 runs scored. Mosier leads the team in hitting through 17 games at a .368 clip and Christina Saenz is also batting over .300 for the year, checking in at .333.
The Matadors return to action Wednesday, Mar. 10 when they host Notre Dame at Matador Diamond. First pitch between the Matadors and Fighting Irish is slated for 1:30 p.m.