Matadors Sweep Cal State Bakersfield in Saturday Doubleheader
March 21, 2009
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge softball team (20-9) swept a doubleheader Saturday against Cal State Bakersfield, 10-5 and 2-1 (8), at the Roadrunner Softball Complex. Jaclyn Rymer finished the day a perfect 8-for-8 at the plate and Debbie Duran earned her league-leading 14th win of the season and nailed down the save in the second game.
A Bakersfield native, Rymer had a career-high five hits in game one and added three more and a walk in the second game. The five hits tied a school record for a single game, matching Becky Drake's performance against LA Baptist on Mar. 4, 1982. She entered the weekend with a .311 batting average and left Saturday with a .378 average. She also has scored a career-high 23 runs and has 15 RBIs and 31 hits for the season.
Duran tossed a complete game in the first contest, going all seven innings and allowing only three earned runs. In the second game, she entered in the eighth inning and retired the next three batters to earn her first save of the season. She is now 14-5 with a 1.63 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 111.2 innings of work.
Also performing well for Northridge on the day was Hannah Fraijo, who won the second game for her fourth win of the season. Micah Putnam had her third four-RBI game of the season in game one and Amanda Pitzenberger picked a quite a time to collect her first hit of the season, getting a single and a double and getting an RBI and a run scored.
Game One Recap
The Cal State Northridge softball team defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 10-5, in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at the Roadrunner Softball Complex. As a team, the Matadors recorded a season-high 16 hits and Debbie Duran picked up her league-leading 14th win of the season.
Duran finished the contest with seven innings pitched while scattering eight hits and striking out two. Rymer was 5-for-5 from the plate with three RBIs, a double and a run scored. Micah Putnam drove in four runs for the third time this season, going 3-for-3 from the plate with a run scored and her first triple of the season.
The Matadors loaded the bases with two outs in the first but were unable to push a run across the plate. They nearly got on the board in the second inning as well, as Lauren Olivas drew a two-out walk, but was thrown out at the plate on a double by Jaclyn Rymer.
CSUN finally broke through in the fourth inning. Amanda Pitzenberger cashed in her first hit of the season, a screaming double to left-center that brought home Micah Putnam, who had singled to lead off the inning. With two outs, Rymer laced a singled to left field that brought home Krystal Raphael. A pair of errors on the left fielder during the play allowed Pitzenberger to score and give Northridge a 3-0 lead.
The Matadors added to their lead in the fifth. Alexandria Alvarado led off the frame with a single up the middle and moved to second after Christina Saenz was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a double steal and came in to score on a two-run double by Putnam. A line-drive double play would end the CSUN rally.
Northridge added three runs in the top of the sixth, one coming on an RBI single by Saenz. Putnam then blasted her first triple of the season to score Chaparro and Saenz and give the Matadors an 8-0 lead.
Bakersfield got four runs in the bottom of the sixth to close the gap to 8-4. Rymer collected her fifth hit of the game in the top of the seventh, a two-run single that scored Jennifer Mosier and Lauren Olivas.
Game Two Recap
The Cal State Northridge softball team (20-9) defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 2-1, in eight innings in the second game of a doubleheader at the Roadrunner Softball Complex. Hannah Fraijo picked up her fourth win of the season for Northridge and Jaclyn Rymer had the game-tying RBI and scored the game-winning run.
Both teams stranded a runner on third with less than two outs in the first inning. CSUB got on the board first, scoring a run with two outs in the bottom of the second.
The Matadors tied the score in the fifth. Krystal Raphael led off the inning with a single. After Jennifer Mosier pinch-ran for Raphael, Lauren Olivas moved her to second with a sac bunt. Rymer then evened up the score with an RBI double, her eighth hit of the day.
Bakersfield threatened in the bottom of the seventh, putting runners on first and third with one out. However, Hannah Fraijo was able to get a pair of flyouts to end the rally and send the game into extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, Rymer walked to start the inning with a walk and following an out, Alexandria Alvarado reached on an error by the pitcher. Christina Saenz then dropped a single into left field to bring home Rymer and give CSUN the lead.
CSUB tried to mount one final rally in the bottom of the eighth, starting the inning with a double. However, Debbie Duran came and nailed down her first save of the season.
Fraijo went seven innings, scattering eight hits and allowing only one earned run. She had one strikeout and one walk on the day and is now 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 48.2 innings of work.
The games conclude Northridge's 2009 non-conference schedule. The Matadors open Big West play on Mar. 28 with a three-game series at Matador Diamond against Pacific. The teams play a doubleheader on Mar. 28 starting at 1 p.m. and play a final game on Sunday at 1 p.m.