March 12, 2010
FRESNO, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (10-12) defeated East Tennessee State, 8-7, Friday afternoon at the Bayer CropScience Classic on the campus of Fresno State. The Matadors scored all eight runs in the final three innings, coming all the way back from a 5-0 deficit to defeat the Lady Bucs.
Pitzenberger improved her record to 7-3 by tossing 4.2 innings of six-hit softball. She allowed three runs, but also struck out three. Pagano went the final inning, allowing just a hit to nail down her second save of the day.
At the plate, Karla Chaparro's two-out double in the sixth to score Lauren Olivas proved to be the game-winning hit. Olivas had connected on a two-run single earlier in that frame to give CSUN a 7-6 lead.
The Northridge defense also turned two key double plays in the game to spur the comeback.
Much like the Georgetown game earlier in the day, CSUN saw their opponent jump out to an early lead in the first inning. With two outs and a runner on third, ETSU blasted a two-run home run off CSUN starter Hannah Fraijo.
The Lady Bucs added another run in the top of the second. That would be as far as Fraijo would get, as she was replaced by Amanda Pitzenberger with one out in the second. Pitzenberger did not fare much better, giving up consecutive hits to increase ETSU's lead to 5-0.
Northridge finally broke through in the fourth inning. Karla Chaparro led off the frame with a single up the middle, and then moved to second on a sac bunt by Lauren Olivas. With two outs, Christina Saenz blasted a double to right field to draw CSUN to within 5-1.
Tracy Allen made an outstanding defensive play to quell an ETSU rally in the fifth. With a runner on first, Allen made a diving catch on a bunt attempt and then doubled up the runner at first.
The Matadors fed off that momentum in the bottom of the fifth. Jennifer Mosier took a 3-2 pitch and blasted it to left field for a double. After Krystal Raphael was hit by a pitch, Jaclyn Rymer delivered a single to left field to score Mosier. Lauren Olivas then drove a single up the middle to score Raphael.
With no outs and runners on first and second, Chaparro moved the runners up a base with a sac bunt. Alexandria Alvarado then laced a single into right field to score two and tie the game at 5-5.
However, the Lady Bucs responded quickly, connecting on a two-out solo home run to reacquire the lead, 6-5.
The Lady Bucs continued to fight, blasting a solo home run to start the seventh. Mia Pagano replaced Pitzenberger in the circle after the shot and after allowing the first batter she faced to reach on a single, got a pop-out and a double play to seal the Northridge comeback.
Northridge returns to action Saturday night at the Bayer CropScience Classic when they face the host Bulldogs at 4:30 p.m.