March 14, 2010
FRESNO, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (11-13) Mississippi State, 13-6, in its final game of the Bayer CropScience Classic on the campus of Fresno State. The Matadors pounded a season-high 13 runs and 11 hits in the contest, mashing four home runs against the Bulldogs.
In their only game against the powerful Southeastern Conference, the Matadors came out swinging early and often. CSUN scored eight runs in the first four innings and added multiple runs in the sixth and seventh.
The win was CSUN's first regular-season victory over an SEC opponent since a 3-2 victory over Auburn on Feb. 20, 2004. Northridge also defeated Florida in the NCAA Tournament that season, earning a 2-1 win on May 20.
At the plate, Jennifer Mosier was 4-for-5 with two home runs, four runs scored and three RBIs. Jaci Carlsen was 2-for-4 at the plate, finishing with a home run, a double, two runs scored and four RBIs.
In the circle, Fraijo tossed 4.0 innings of relief work to earn her fourth win of the season. She allowed five hits, three earned runs and struck out two in her outing.
Northridge got on the board early against the Bulldogs. Jennifer Mosier led off the game with a single up the middle. With two outs, Jaci Carlsen then brought her home with a towering double to left field. The double was Carlsen's fourth of the season.
Before Christina Saenz's at-bat in the first, the sprinkler system in the right field corner went off, causing a lengthy delay of 26 minutes.
Following the delay, Saenz singled to the pitcher and she and Carlsen both came around to score on a double by Tracy Allen.
With one out in the top of the second, Jennifer Mosier cranked her third home run of the season to straight center to increase CSUN's lead to 5-0. Mikayla Thielges had started the inning with a walk, then was pinch-ran for by Jaclyn Rymer.
Mosier's home run was the team's 10th of the season, helping the Matadors already eclipse last year's total of nine.
Pagano got out of a jam in the bottom of the third. The first two runners reached safely, but a heads up play by shortstop Karla Chaparro tempered the Bulldog rally. On a hard grounder, she smothered it to get a fielder's choice and the first out of the frame. MSU would get a run on a sac fly in the inning, but that would be all.
With two outs in the top of the fourth, Carlsen roped her fourth home run of the season, a three-run shot that increased CSUN's lead to 8-1. Alexandria Alvarado and Mosier both scored on the blast.
The Bulldogs answered with a deep fly of their own to start the bottom of the fourth. Pagano was pulled in the inning after giving up a double. Hannah Fraijo replaced her in the circle. After giving up an RBI single, Fraijo retired the next three batters to end the inning.
After MSU added a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth, Fraijo connected for her first career round-tripper, a blast to right-center to make the score 9-4. Not to be outdone, Mosier collected her second home run of the day in the next at-bat, increasing the lead to 10-4. She now has a team-high four home runs on the season.
Erin Harris added a sac fly for the Matadors in the sixth. The RBI was the first of Northridge career.
The Matadors return to the friendly confines of Matador Diamond for their next four games. Northridge faces North Dakota (Tuesday, 2 p.m.) No. 9 Oklahoma in a doubleheader (Wednesday, 1 p.m. /3 p.m.) and No. 18 Louisville (Thursday, 3 p.m.).