April 2, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (17-17, 1-1 Big West) split its Big West-opening doubleheader with UC Davis Friday afternoon at Matador Diamond. Northridge rallied for a 4-1 victory in game one, but could not must the same effort in falling 2-1 in game two.
Both games were tightly contested affairs with each teams stranding multiple runners. In the two games, CSUN left 10 runners on base and UCD stranded 13 runners. The difference in both games came down to pitching.
In game one, sophomore Hannah Fraijo picked up her team-leading ninth win of the season. She tossed a complete game, scattering eight hits and fanning three while giving up just the one earned run. She is now 9-5 with a 3.05 ERA and 66 K's in 98.2 innings of work.
Game two belonged to UCD's Alex Holmes. The southpaw gave up just four hits to CSUN batters, the lone run scoring on a Jaci Carlsen home run in the bottom of the sixth. Holmes fanned three and walked two to earn her eighth win of the season.
The first game of the day saw UCD jump out to an early 1-0 lead. Northridge then answered with two runs in the third and one apiece in the fourth and fifth. Tracy Allen blasted her third home run of the season for Northridge and Karla Chaparro and Jennifer Mosier each had RBIs in the game.
The second game hinged on one pitch. Mia Pagano started the game for CSUN, tossing three effective innings. She was then lifted for Amanda Pitzenberger, who came in and tossed two scoreless innings as well.
Pagano re-entered in the top of the sixth and promptly gave up a single and a home run. That would be all the runs Holmes would need. Northridge was unable to respond following Carlsen's home run.
Alvarado led off the seventh with a single, but the next two batters grounded into fielder's choices and the third and final out of the game went quietly.
Pagano went 5.0 innings, allowing five hits and striking out six. She did not issue a walk in the game, but the loss dropped her season record to 1-4.
The two teams will reconvene Saturday, April 3 for the third and final game of the series. First pitch from Matador Diamond is slated for noon.