March 15, 2011

Northridge Softball Rallies for Doubleheader Sweep over North Dakota

March 15, 2011

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (10-12) swept a doubleheader with North Dakota Tuesday afternoon at Matador Diamond. In game one, CSUN jumped out to an early lead and ultimately posted an 8-3 victory. Game two saw the Fighting Sioux jump out to a 6-0 lead after two innings only to see the Matadors answer in the late frames and win the game on a walk-off, three-run home run.

Trailing 6-5 entering the bottom of the seventh, the Matadors showed a flair for the dramatic in answering an early deficit. With two outs in the inning, Tracy Allen and Kristen Mihm delivered back-to-back singles.

That brought up Mikayla Thielges, who, on a 2-2 count, blasted a three-run home run over the right field fence to seal the Northridge comeback. In all, Thielges was 3-for-6 in the doubleheader with two home runs and seven RBIs. For the season, the sophomore is batting .264 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs.

Tracy Allen also had a nice day at the plate for the Matadors, finishing 4-for-7 with four runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base. In fact, Northridge had seven stolen bases as a team in the two games Tuesday. Jaci Carlsen and Jennifer Mosier each had two steals, while Korinne Randazzo and Kristen Mihm joined Allen with one.

For Mosier, the steals were her seventh and eighth of the season and give her 29 for her career, tying her for the seventh-most in school history. Carlsen finished 3-for-6 a the plate with a triple and an RBI and run scored.

In the circle, Hannah Fraijo tossed her fourth-straight complete game in the opener to improve to 7-2 on the season. She had a season-high seven strikeouts in the win. In game two, Carly Wade settled down from some early difficulty to earn her second win of the season by fanning a season-high five batters.

Game One Recap

The Matadors won 8-3 after jumping out to an early lead. In the first, Samantha Sloniker laced a lead-off single and moved to second on a sac bunt by Carlsen. With two outs, Allen delivered an RBI single and Mihm brought her home with another single and a North Dakota error.

The Fighting Sioux answered with a solo home run in the second inning. However, CSUN had an answer for that. With two outs, Sloniker singled and Carlsen delivered the team's first triple of the season to re-establish the two run lead.

In the fourth, CSUN scored twice. Randazzo singled to start the inning and quickly stole second. Mosier then beat out an infield single and Sloniker delivered a long foul ball down the right field line in which Randazzo scored. The throw was errant and Mosier came around to score on the play as well.

The Matadors added three more runs in the fifth. Madeline Sale singled to start the inning and Allen followed with another single. After Mihm reached on a fielder's choice, Thielges blasted her first home run of the day. The ball hit the top of the fence and bounced over for a three-run shot.

North Dakota would add two runs in the sixth, but in the end, Fraijo did a good job avoiding major damage. Although she gave up 11 hits, Fraijo force the Fighting Sioux to leave seven on base. Fraijo is now 7-2 with a 4.85 ERA and 25 strikeouts.

Game Two Recap

The Matadors responded late, erasing a six-run deficit over the final four innings and capped off by a walk-off home run. The Fighting Sioux got a two-out, three-run double in the first and added three more runs in the second to jump out to an early lead.

Northridge would not mount a comeback until the fourth, when they scored three runs. Carlsen started the inning with a walk and stole second. Sale reached on an error by the third baseman and Allen delivered another RBI single for the Matadors. After a groundout, Thielges picked up an RBI single and Randazzo reached on another error by the third baseman. Karla Chaparro then delivered a sac fly to cap the frame's scoring.

After going quietly in the fifth, CSUN drew two more back in the sixth. Mihm reached on an error and came around to score on another error following a Randazzo single. Leann Lopez then delivered a timely pinch-hit RBI single to bring Randazzo home. The single was Lopez's first career hit.

Following the first two frames, Wade was effective in the circle. She struck out a season-high five batters and she allowed only one hit and four baserunners over the final five innings. She is now 2-9 with a 6.52 ERA and 27 K's on the year.

CSUN heads to San Diego to participate in the San Diego Classic II, its final preseason tournament of the year. The Matadors will face five teams over three days at the event, which is hosted by both San Diego and San Diego State.

The Matadors will face Louisville and Wisconsin on Mar. 18 and Ohio State on Mar. 19. Those games will be played on the campus of San Diego State. On Sunday, Mar. 19, Northridge will face Ohio and San Diego on the campus of San Diego.

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