March 10, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (7-12) lost 3-0 to Notre Dame Wednesday afternoon at Matador Diamond. The Matador offense was stagnant the entire game, not recording their first hit until the seventh inning.
In all, only two Matadors reached base safely Wednesday afternoon. Lauren Olivas drew a walk and was hit by a pitch and Jaci Carlsen broke up the no-hitter with a bloop single to lead off the top of the seventh. It marked the second time this season that CSUN has averted being no-hit by breaking through in the final inning of the game.
The game got off to a rocky start for the Matadors. Sadie Pitzenberger, the sister of CSUN starter Amanda Pitzenberger, drove the very first pitch of the game down the right field line for a triple. A walk and a stolen base put runners on second and third with no outs.
However, CSUN's Pitzenberger was able to escape the inning unscathed, inducing a pop-out, strikeout and fly-out to leave Notre Dame off the board.
In the bottom of the first, Olivas drew a walk to start the inning then moved up a base when Jaclyn Rymer reached on a fielder's choice. However, the next three Matadors went quietly, stranding the two runners.
They would be the last Matador base runners until Olivas was hit by a pitch with one out in the sixth.
Notre Dame scored twice off Pitzenberger in the second and added a third run in the fifth. Overall, Pitzenberger tossed 7.0 innings, scattering six hits while walking four and fanning one.
Jody Valdivia tossed a complete game shutout for the Fighting Irish to earn the win. She struck out nine Matadors and walked only one.
CSUN has little time to feel sorry for itself. The Matadors travel to Fresno to compete in the Bayer CropScience Classic on the campus of Fresno State this weekend. They face Colorado State Thursday, Georgetown and East Tennessee State Friday, the host Bulldogs Saturday and Mississippi State on Sunday.