March 28, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge softball team (22-9, 2-0 BWC) opened its 2009 Big West season with a 3-0, 4-2 doubleheader sweep over Pacific Saturday at Matador Diamond. Debbie Duran picked up a win and a save for CSUN in the circle and Jennifer Mosier capitalized on her first start of the season with two hits and two RBIs.
With the two wins, CSUN has extended its current winning streak to 10 games. That is the longest streak since the 2004 squad won 11 straight. Saturday, the Matadors used a balance of tough pitching and timely hitting to sweep the Tigers.
Duran threw a complete-game shutout in the first contest, allowing only two hits and striking out four. With that performance, she earned her league-leading 15th win of the season.
At the plate, Northridge scored its three runs, of all which were unearned, in the bottom of the second. Kristen Mihm started the inning with a walk and after Krystal Raphael grounded into a fielder's choice, Amanda Pitzenberger bunted a single to put runners on first and second with one out.
Lauren Olivas then drew the second Matador walk of the inning to load the bases and Jaclyn Rymer slapped a ball down the the line that was misplayed by the Tigers' first basemen, resulting in two runs. Karla Chaparro then reached on a fielder's choice, allowing Olivas to score the frame's third run.
In game two, Pacific jumped out to an early 1-0 lead following a sac fly in the second. Northridge would respond with four runs in the fourth inning.
Alexandria Alvarado started the inning with a walk and Christina Saenz grounded into a fielder's choice. Hannah Fraijo, CSUN's starting pitcher, pinch-ran for Saenz and a Pacific error on Tracy Allen's ensuing ground ball put two runners in scoring position.
Pacific attempted a rally in the seventh, but Nicole Matson fouled out to the catcher with the tying run on first to end the game.
Fraijo tossed 4.1 innings, allowing three hits, one run and striking out two. Duran went another 2.2 innings of work, allowing three hits, a walk and a run while fanning one. Fraijo is now 5-1 on the season with a 2.38 ERA and a save, while Duran checks in at 15-5 with a 1.50 ERA and two saves.
Chelsea Engle took the loss for Pacific in game one and Heidi Helberg was the losing pitcher in the second game.
Northridge and Pacific play a final game at Matador Diamond Sunday, beginning at noon. The Matador Baseball and Softball programs are sponsoring a canned-food drive during the day. Fans making a canned or non-perishable food donation at either game receive free admission to both contests.
Northridge baseball plays UC Santa Barbara at 1 p.m. at Matador Field.