March 20, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (12-15) split a pair of one-run games Sunday in its final day in the San Diego Classic II on the campus of the University of San Diego. The Matadors held on for a 7-6 win over Ohio in their first game of the day. CSUN then lost 4-3 to the host Toreros in its first extra-innings games of the season in its second contest of the day.
Both games were tight affairs on a cold, dreary day in San Diego. Against the Bobcats, Northridge fended off a late rally thanks to the relief pitching of Hannah Fraijo and Carly Wade. Jaci Carlsen went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and her fifth home run of the season while Mikayla Thielges added two hits and three RBIs.
Against the Toreros, the Matadors led early, came back to tie it with bases-loaded walk in the top of the seventh but fell in the bottom of the eighth on three two-out hits. Carlsen went a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles and a stolen base in the loss.
After the Bobcats scored a pair of runs off starter Mia Pagano in the first, Northridge answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Samantha Sloniker reached on an error to start the inning. Carlsen then singled and moved to second on a throwing error. Thielges then delivered a two-run single and Madeline Sale collected a two-out RBI to bring home Thielges.
The Matadors added two more runs in the second. With two outs, Sloniker and Carlsen pieced together consecutive singles and Thielges brought Sloniker home with another RBI single. Tracy Allen then added the fourth-straight single for the Matadors to score Carlsen.
After Ohio added two runs in the top of the fourth, Carlsen blasted her fifth home run of the season, and 15th of her career, on the first pitch of the frame.
Ohio scored two more runs in the top of the fifth to draw within one run, but Carly Wade was able to slam the door on the comeback. The rookie earned her second save of the season by tossing 2.1 innings of of one-hit, three-strikeout softball.
Hannah Fraijo earned the win by going 3.2 innings and allowing the four earned runs. She is now 8-4 on the season with a 4.87 ERA.
San Diego Recap
In their second game of the day, the Matadors jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Sloniker singled to start the game and moved to second on a wild pitch. Carlsen singled and quickly stole second to put runners in scoring position with no outs. Thielges delivered a sac fly to right for CSUN's only run of the inning.
The Matadors doubled their lead in the fifth inning. Chaparro started the inning with bunt single and moved to second on a sac bunt by Lopez. With two outs, Carlsen laced one of her doubles to center field to bring home Chaparro.
San Diego took a 3-2 lead off Wade in the fifth inning, scoring all three runs with two outs in the inning. However, CSUN responded with a run in the seventh to force the game into extra frames. Sloniker and Carlsen strung together back-to-back singles to start the inning and Allen drew a walk to load the bases. With two outs, Sale drew a walk on a 3-2 count to tie the game.
After Northridge went quietly in the eighth, the Toreros scored the game-winning run on an RBI double.
Wade tossed a season-high 7.2 innings, but took the loss to drop to 3-10 on the season. She allowed only five hits and had four strikeouts.
Northridge heads to Tucson next weekend for a three-game series with No. 7 Arizona. CSUN will play a single game against the Wildcats on Mar. 25 (7 p.m.), 26 (7 p.m.) and 27 (1 p.m.) at Hillenbrand Stadium.