April 9, 2011
LONG BEACH, Calif. - After dropping game one to Long Beach State 4-0, Cal State Northridge held off a seventh inning rally in game two to earn a split Saturday at the 49er Softball Complex. Freshman Carly Wade tossed a complete game to pick up the win for the Matadors in game two.
With the split, Northridge improves to 14-23 overall and 2-3 in the Big West. Long Beach State stands at 24-13 overall and 2-3 in the Big West with a single game against the Matadors on Sunday.
After being shutout on three hits in Saturday's opener, the Matador bats had just enough offense (three runs on seven hits) to claim the nightcap 3-2.
The opener was scoreless as CSUN's Hannah Fraijo and Long Beach State's Erin Jones-Wesley each carried a shutout into the fourth inning.
The Matadors put together two hits in the top half of the fourth inning but came away empty. Mikayla Thielges, who had two of Northridge's three hits, led off the inning with a single to left but was erased when Tracy Allen hit into a double play. Madeline Sale tried to ignite another rally with a single to left but Samantha Sloniker grounded out to end the inning.
In the bottom half of the inning, Liz Javier led off with a double down the left field line and moved over the third on a Christina Schallig single. Javier then scored the first run of the afternoon when Sloniker misplayed Dana Garcia's potential double play grounder to short. Following a fielder's choice, Jones-Wesley singled in the 49ers' second run of the inning with a single to left.
Long Beach State collected insurance runs in both the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings. With one out in the fifth, Sarah Carrasco doubled to center but after Fraijo got the second out on a fly ball to center, Schallig drove Carrasco in with a single to left.
Fraijo took the loss giving up four runs (three earned) while scattering eight hits while striking out six 49ers.
In the nightcap, the Matadors got a complete game effort from Wade as the freshman gave up two runs while striking out four. The top of the order provided a boost for CSUN as Jennifer Mosier and Jaci Carlsen each had two if the Matador's seven hits.
The Matadors got all the runs they would need in the third inning. The inning began innocently enough as Korinne Randazzo walked before Jessica Fridwall struck out. Randazzo was then cut down stealing second before Mosier kept things alive with a single to left. Carlsen then drove a Brooke Turner pitch over the left field wall giving the Matadors a 2-0 lead.
Northridge gave Wade a 3-0 lead as Allen's infield single with two outs in the fifth inning scored Fridwall from third base.
The 49ers threatened in their half of the fifth as De Gaetano worked a two-out walk before Carrasco was hit by a Wade pitch. But Wade got Javier to ground out to Sloniker keeping Long Beach off the scoreboard.
Wade took a shutout into the last of the seventh when things got interesting. Rosen led off with a single before she was forced at second as St. Germain reached on a fielder's choice. Things looked good for the Matadors as DeBaun's grounder forced St. Germain at second. With two outs, De Gaetano coaxed a walk from Wade before Carrasco plated DeBaun with a single to center. Javier then walked to load the bases before Schallig singled to center to score De Gaetano but Carrasco was thrown out at the plate preserving the 3-2 win for the Matadors.
- GO MATADORS -