March 18, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (13-15) lost 12-9 to No. 23 Louisville Thursday afternoon at Matador Diamond. Northridge led 3-0 after two full innings only to see the Cardinals score five runs in both the third and fourth inning.
Unlike the pitchers' duels that were CSUN's games against Oklahoma on Mar. 17, both teams' offenses flexed their offensive muscle all day. The Cardinals tied a CSUN opponent high with 12 runs scored and added 13 hits. Northridge finished with nine runs scored and eight hits.
Lauren Olivas finished 3-for-5 from the plate with two runs scored and an RBI. She is now batting .322 for the season. Jaci Carlsen added her sixth double of the season, her team-leading 18th RBI of the season and two stolen bases in defeat.
Hannah Fraijo took the loss for Northridge. She went 6.0 innings, allowing 11 hits and seven earned runs. She issued two walks and struck out five. Fraijo is now 5-5 on the season with a 3.93 ERA.
Kristen Wadwell earned the win for the Cardinals, tossing 5.2 innings of relief work. She allowed seven hits but only two earned run and fanned three. Tori Collins closed out the seventh inning to earn the save.
The Matadors jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. Olivas led off the frame with a single, then moved to second on a passed ball. With one out, Jennifer Mosier drew a walk and she and Olivas each moved up an additional base on an illegal pitch.
The first run would come across on another illegal pitch. Following a walk to Jaci Carlsen, Tracy Allen was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jaclyn Rymer then earned a free pass to increase the lead to 2-0.
In the bottom of the second, Northridge added another run. Mosier came through with a two-out single to plate Olivas, who had singled earlier in the frame.
However, the top of the third proved costly for CSUN. With two outs, Louisville connected for a two-run single with the bases loaded. The third runner also scored on the play on error by the Matador catcher.
The next batter then cleared the bases with a two-run home run to right field to give the Cardinals a 5-3 lead. That hit chased CSUN starter Hannah Fraijo from the game.
CSUN would respond in the bottom of the third, getting a run back on an RBI single from Kristen Mihm.
The Cardinals answered right back, scoring a run with two outs on a wild pitch by Amanda Pitzenberger. Frajo re-entered the game with bases loaded and hit a batter. The next Cardinals hitter then connected for a two-run single and another RBI single made it 10-4 Louisville after three and a half innings.
Louisville added its final two runs with a two-run home run in the top of the fifth.
The final Northridge offense came in the bottom of the fifth. Christina Saenz led off the inning with a pinch-hit single. With one out, Mihm was hit by a pitch. Olivas then blasted her third double of the season over the centerfielder's head to plate Saenz.
On the relay into the infield, the Cardinal shortstop made a throwing error that allowed Mihm and Olivas to score.
The Matadors return to action Saturday with a doubleheader at Cal State Bakersfield. The first game is slated to begin at 1 p.m.