March 15, 2009

Matadors Defeat SDSU, 3-2, to take San Diego Classic II Championship

March 15, 2009

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Jaclyn Rymer delivered a two-out RBI single in the top of the seventh to lift the Cal State Northridge softball team (18-9) to a 3-2 victory over San Diego State Sunday at the San Diego Classic II. The victory gave the Matadors a 5-0 record at the event and the tournament's championship.

Tied heading into the seventh, Northridge strung together several key plays to push the winning run across. The rally started with a lead-off single by Kristen Mihm, who moved to second on a textbook sac bunt by Amanda Pitzenberger. Lauren Olivas then drew a walk to put runners on first and second, setting the table for Rymer.

On a 2-1 count, Rymer sent a single into left field and Mihm came barreling around third to score the winning run. Rymer hit a team-high .471 at the San Diego Classic, mashing two doubles and finishing with six runs scored and two RBIs.

Just as impressive for Northridge was the performance of CSUN pitcher Debbie Duran. The junior allowed only two Aztec hits and overcame four walks and two errors to win her 13th game of the season. She won all five games for Northridge at the event, posting a final line of 5-0 with a 0.93 ERA and a .160 batting average against.

After SDSU scored in the first, the Matadors scored a pair of runs in the top of the third. Krystal Raphael led off the inning with a single and when Olivas laid down a sac bunt, a throwing error by the third basemen put runners on second and third.

After a fielder's choice resulted in an out at the plate, Karla Chaparro laid down a squeeze bunt that brought Olivas home. Alexandria Alvarado then brought in Chaparro with a single to center field.

San Diego State would get the tying run in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game and set up the dramatic seventh. Samantha Beasley took the loss for the Aztecs.

The Matadors are now 15-3 over their last 18 games. They were the only team in the San Diego Classic II not to lose a game.

Northridge has a few days off to rest and returns to the diamond on Mar. 21 for a doubleheader at Cal State Bakersfield. The first game is slated to start at 1 p.m.