April 10, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (17-20, 1-4) lost a pair of Big West Conference games Saturday to Long Beach State at Matador Diamond. In game one, CSUN jumped out to an early 3-0 lead only to see LBSU score five runs over the last three innings to take a 6-4 win. In game two, CSUN starter Debbie Duran pitched admirably, but the Matador offense sputtered to a 1-0 loss.
With the two wins Saturday, the 49ers have now won 21 of the past 23 meeting with Cal State Northridge. The Matadors have not won a season series with Long Beach State since the 2002 season.
In game one, Tracy Allen got things going early for Northridge. The junior blasted her fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot, in the first inning to give CSUN a 3-0 lead. Lauren Olivas had scored earlier in the inning after leading off the frame with a single.
However, the Matadors watched Long Beach State score five of its six runs in the last three innings to escape with the win. In fact, all five of those runs came with two outs in the respective inning.
Jennifer Mosier finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs. She had two stolen bases and collected her third double of the season in the defeat.
In the circle, Amanda Pitzenberger took the loss for the Matadors, dropping her season record to 7-5. She went 1.2 innings of relief work, surrendering three unearned runs and walking two.
Hannah Fraijo started game one for the Matadors. She went 5.1 innings, allowing eight hits and three earned runs with one strikeout. Bridgette Pagano earned the win for LBSU in game one, tossing 4.0 innings of three-hit relief softball.
Game two belonged to Long Beach State hurler Taylor Petty. The sophomore tossed a complete game shutout, yielding only two hits to the Matador line-up. She had six strikeouts and three walks in the game and carried a no-hitter through four innings.
The only run to score in game two came thanks to a bases-loaded walk that Duran surrendered in the second. Other than that brief hiccup, Duran was solid in her first pitching appearance in over a month.
The senior tossed a complete game, scattering only four hits and issuing two walks. However, with the loss her record falls to 0-5 and she now sports a 7.97 ERA.
Mosier had two more stolen bases in game two, bringing her season total to a team-high 13. She also had a hit and drew a walk in the game. Olivas had the only other CSUN hit in game two.
The two teams will return to Matador Diamond for a single game on Sunday, April 11. First pitch is slated for noon.