March 11, 2010
FRESNO, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (8-12) defeated Colorado State, 3-1, in eight innings Thursday night in the opening game of the Bayer CropScience Classic on the campus of Fresno State. Hannah Fraijo tossed a complete game in the circle and Jaci Carlsen delivered a key two-run double for the Matadors.
Tied at 1-1 after the regulation seven innings, the Matadors scored twice in the eighth. With one out and runners on first and second, Carlsen drilled a double over the centerfielder's head. Both runners came around to score on the play, but Carlsen was thrown out trying to advance to third.
"I was looking for something outside to drive and I was fortunate to get a good pitch to hit," Carlsen said. "The win feels good because we knew we had it, we just needed a way to finish it out."
In CSU's half of the eighth, Fraijo retired the side quietly, getting a groundout, strikeout and pop-out to deliver the Northridge victory. In all, Fraijo tossed a career-high 8.0 innings, scattering six hits while walking two and fanning four.
"I feel I threw pretty well today," Fraijo said. "I had a great defense behind me that made some key plays. In the eighth, I knew I had a cushion, so I just wanted to get outs and if the run scored from second, so be it. Having such a good defense behind me was reassuring."
Early in the game, both teams had chances to take control of the game. Karla Chaparro led off the third with her third double of the season. However, the Matadors could not bring her home and the game remained scoreless.
Colorado State immediately responded with a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the third to take a 1-0 lead. After CSUN went quietly in the top of the fourth, the Rams started right where they left off, lining a double-down the left-field line to start their half of the fourth.
After walking the next batter, Fraijo settled in and retired the next three Rams in order to leave the score at 1-0.
Alexandria Alvarado finally broke through for Northridge in the top of the sixth, blasting her first home run of the season, and third of her career, to straight center to tie the game at 1-1. The home run was the ninth by the Matadors in 2010, matching their total from all of the 2009 season.
Fraijo got out of a jam in the bottom of the sixth. After the first two Rams reached safely, she retired the next three in order to keep the score even at 1-1.
Alvarado finished with two hits and two runs scored. Lauren Olivas added a hit, run scored and a sac bunt.
Cal State Northridge returns to the diamond twice Saturday at the Bayer CropScience Classic. The Matadors face Georgetown at 9 a.m. and East Tennessee State at 11:30 a.m. CSUN is the home team in both contests and GameTracker will be provided at GoMatadors.com.