April 17, 2010
STOCKTON, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (20-20, 4-4 Big West) won both games of a doubleheader with Pacific Saturday afternoon at Bill Simoni Field. The Matadors got a 2-1 win in game one, then rallied for a 12-7, extra-innings victory in game two.
Tracy Allen had a big day at the plate for the Matadors. She went 4-for-7 with six RBIs, three runs scored and a grand slam. Jaci Carlsen and Jennifer Mosier also had home runs on the day for Northridge.
In the circle, Hannah Fraijo won both games in the doubleheader. She tossed 3.2 innings of scoreless relief in game two after tossing a complete game in the first contest. She is now 12-6 on the season.
Game One Recap
Game one belonged to CSUN starter Hannah Fraijo. She tossed a complete game, scattering just four hits and one earned run in the contest. Along with four strikeouts, Fraijo improved her season record to 11-6.
Northridge got on the board first in game one. Jaci Carlsen led off the second with a double and then came around to score on an RBI single by Tracy Allen. After Christina Saenz was hit by a pitch, Alexandria Alvarado recorded an RBI groundout to give CSUN a 2-0 lead.
Pacific drew a run back in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run.
Allen finished with two hits and a sac bunt in the game, scoring one run and adding an RBI. Mikayla Thielges added a base hit and a sac bunt and four other Matadors had hits in the contest.
Nikki Armagost took the loss for Pacific in game one, tossing a complete game. She allowed seven hits and fanned three batters.
Game Two Recap
In game two, Pacific got to Matador starter Debbie Duran early. Despite walking two batters, Duran escaped the bottom of the first with only one earned run allowed.
Jaci Carlsen got the Matadors back quickly, blasting the first pitch of the top of the second over the centerfield wall. The deep fly was the fourth of Carlsen's season.
For Alvarado, the double was the 31st of her career, moving into her tie for fourth in school history. She is now tied Beth Calcante, Chelo Lopez and Christen Bedwell and is five shy of tying Scia Maumasolo and Emilee Moores for second in school history with 36 two-baggers.
The next batter, Krystal Raphael, laid down a suicide squeeze that brought home Alvarado. Raphael went all the way to second on the play after the initial throw went home and interference was called on the Tigers' second baseman.
Raphael would be stranded at second, but not before CSUN would score three runs to take a 3-1 lead.
After the first two batters reached in the bottom of the third, Duran was lifted in favor of freshman Mia Pagano. After giving up a sac bunt, Pagano walked a batter to load the bases. The next Tiger then deposited a grand slam over the center field wall to give Pacific a 5-3 lead.
Amanda Pitzenberger became the third pitcher of the inning, replacing Pagano. With one out, she calmly retired the next two batters to get CSUN out of the inning.
Things turned around for the Matadors in the top of the fifth. The first three batters all reached safely. Then, with the bases load, Nikki Armagost threw two wild pitches that allowed the Matadors to tie the game.
The lead was short lived. In the bottom of the fifth, Pitzenberger gave up a two-run home run with one out. After a Tiger doubled to right-center, Pitzenberger was lifted for Hannah Fraijo.
After both teams went quietly in the sixth, Jennifer Mosier led off the seventh with a solo home run, her fifth of the season. Carlsen then blasted a ball to deep right field that the fielder couldn't handle, resulting in a three-base error. Allen then tied the game with a single to left field.
After Fraijo got the seventh out quietly, Northridge rallied with two outs in the eighth. Lauren Olivas drew a walk and then Mikayla Thielges was hit by a pitch. With runners on first and second, Mosier slapped a dribbler that the Pacific second baseman booted. The error allowed Olivas to come around and score from second.
Tracy Allen then cemented the Northridge victory with a grand slam to deep center field. The deep fly was her fifth of the season. Four of the five runs CSUN scored in the eighth were earned
Fraijo retired the side quietly in the bottom of the eighth to nail down the victory. She tossed three innings of four-hit softball and didn't allow an earned run.
The Matadors will look for the series sweep Sunday when the two teams reconvene. First pitch is slated for noon.