April 11, 2010

Matadors Rally to 10-9, Eight-Inning Victory over 49ers

April 11, 2010

Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (18-20, 2-4 Big West) rallied to defeat Long Beach State, 10-9 in eight innings, Sunday afternoon at Matador Diamond. Trailing by two entering the bottom of the seventh, Northridge scored twice to extend the game and then ended it on Jaci Carlsen's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.

Down 9-7 in the bottom of the seventh, Tracy Allen led off the inning with an infield single. Christina Saenz then doubled to left center to bring freshman Mikayla Thielges to the plate with the tying run on second. Thielges delivered a game-tying, two-run double to right center off Bridgette Pagano.

However, Northridge would strand that runner at second to end the inning and force extra frames. Hannah Fraijo retired the 49er eighth quietly to set up a dramatic finish.

Jaclyn Rymer led off the eighth with a single to right field, then moved to second when Jennifer Mosier drew a walk. Carlsen then slapped a single down the left field line to bring home Rymer and help CSUN snap a four-game losing streak.

At the plate, Carlsen was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, one run and a stolen base. She is now batting .271 with a team-high 25 RBIs for the season. Mosier was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two doubles. She is now batting a team-high .358 with five doubles and a team-leading 13 stolen bases.

In addition to the double, Saenz was 3-for-4 with two RBIs to bring her season total to 14 and her career total to 79. She is now two RBIs shy of tying Jan Mosier for ninth in school history.

Rymer came off the bench to go 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Alexandria Alvarado collected a bases-loaded, three-run triple in CSUN's six-run third inning. The three RBIs tied a career high.

In the circle, Fraijo picked up her 10th win of the season after tossing three innings of scoreless softball in relief. She is now 10-6 with a 3.23 ERA and a .256 opposing batting average.

Mia Pagano started the game for CSUN, but got into trouble quickly.LBSU scored three runs in the first two innings to chase her from the game. Debbie Duran came in at that point.

After LBSU got one across in the third, CSUN responded with six runs in their half of the frame. That inning included a two-run single by Saenz and Alvarado's three-run triple

After Long Beach State went quietly in the fourth, the 49ers scored five times off Duran in the fifth to reclaim the lead. That set up the dramatic seventh and eighth inning for the Matador victory.

Taylor Petty took the loss for the 49ers. She started the game, was relieved by Pagano, and then re-entered the game in the seventh. She went a total of 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs, just one of which was earned, and struck out three.

Northridge returns to action on Saturday, Apr. 17 with a doubleheader against Pacific. The games from Bill Simoni Field in Stockton will start at noon.