March 20, 2010

Northridge Splits Saturday Twinbill with Bakersfield

March 20, 2010

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (14-16) split a Saturday doubleheader at Cal State Bakersfield Saturday afternoon. Behind Hannah Fraijo's dominant performance in the circle, the Matadors won game one, 2-0. In game two, Northridge jumped out to a 3-0 lead, then saw CSUB score seven runs in the last three innings to take a 7-3 victory.

Game One

The Cal State Northridge softball team defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 2-0, in game one of the doubleheader Saturday. Sophomore Hannah Fraijo tossesd a three-hit shutout for the Matadors to improve her season record to 6-5 on the season.

In charge throughout the game, Fraijo shutout a Cal State Bakersfield team that entered the game with a .300 team batting average. She fanned two batters and did not issue any walks. It was the first time in 42-consecutive games that Cal State Bakersfield did not score a run.

Fraijo is now 6-5 on the year with a 3.57 ERA and 55 strikeouts. The performance was her second complete game shutout of the week. She shutdown No. 8 Oklahoma, 1-0, on Wednesday, Mar. 17.

At the plate, senior Lauren Olivas continued her hot play. She was 2-for-3 at the plate and collected her fourth double and second triple of the season. Jennifer Mosier and Jaci Carlsen scored the runs for CSUN.

The two teams were involved in a pitcher's duel early in game one. Both teams managed just one hit through three full innings.

Northridge nearly got on the board in the top of the fourth. With two outs and runners on second and third, a wild pitch deflected off umpire and allowed the CSUB catcher to tag out Jaci Carlsen, who had broke for home.

CSUB almost scored in their half of the fourth. With two outs, the `Runners got a sinlge and a catcher's interference call. However, Fraijo got out of the jam with a line-out to second.

In the fifth, Lauren Olivas mashed her second triple of the season down the right field line with two out. She would be stranded there when the inning ended.

Northridge broke the deadlock in the sixth. Jennifer Mosier led off the inning and Carlsen then drew a walk to put runners on first and second with no outs. A sac bunt by Tracy Allen then moved them both up 60 feet.

Erin Harris then battled throughout her at-bat, drawing a walk. On ball four, the CSUB pitcher threw a wild pitch, allowing Mosier to score. Harris then immediately stole second. Following a strikeout, Kristen Mihm laced an RBI single up the middle to bring home Carlsen. However, on the play, Mihm was tagged out trying to advance to second.

Game Two

The Cal State Northridge softball team lost 7-3 to Cal State Bakersfield in game two of the doubleheader Saturday at the Roadrunner Softball Complex. The victory was Bakersfield's first in the series since the 1990 NCAA Division II National Championship game and first at the Division I level.

Striking a stark resemblance to the Matadors' loss to No. 23 Louisville Thursday, the Matadors built an early lead only to see Bakersfield score all seven runs in the final three innings.

In the second inning, Jaci Carlsen and Tracy Allen started the inning with back-to-back singles. With one out, Jaclyn Rymer connected on an RBI single and Mikayla Thielges drew a walk to load the bases. Kristen Mihm then battled off a few pitches before recording a sac fly to score Allen.

In the third inning, Jennifer Mosier and Carlsen reached with one out. Allen then roped a single up the middle to plate Mosier.

Bakersfield put something together in the fourth. Two walks and a double loaded the bases with one out. The `Runners then got back-to-back singles with two outs to narrow the gap to 3-2.

Associate Coach Roni Sparrey lifted Pitzenberger to start the fifth in favor of Mia Pagano. The `Runners then started the frame with a double, and with one out, blasted a two-run home run to take a 4-3 lead. At that point, Pitzenberger re-entered the game at pitcher. She got out of the fifth without any further damage.

However, the Roadrunners added a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to stretch their lead to 7-3. Northridge could not answer the final punch and took the loss.

Pagano took the loss, giving up the two earned runs and hits in 0.1 innings of work. Pitzenberger finished with a line of 5.2 innings, seven hits, five earned runs and three walks. She is now 7-4 on the season with a 3.91 ERA.

Shauna Truan earned the win for the 'Runners, going 7.0 innings of six-hit softball with three earned runs and three strikeouts.

After playing 12 games in the past 10 days, the Matadors get a few days off before their next games. CSUN hosts Utah on Thursday, March 25 for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.