April 26, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (27-17, 7-8 BWC) rallied to defeat UC Riverside, 5-3, Sunday afternoon at Matador Diamond. Tracy Allen and Lauren Olivas each picked up RBIs in the sixth inning to erase a one-run deficit and Hannah Fraijo pitched 4.1 innings of one-hit softball in relief to earn her seventh win of the season.
Trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, Micah Putnam and Jaclyn Rymer started the frame with back-to-back singles. A passed ball moved them into scoring position and Allen came through with a triple down the right field line to give CSUN a 4-3 lead. After the next two Matadors could not bring Allen home, Olivas lined a single into right field to conclude the contest's scoring.
Allen now has 10 RBIs on the season and is batting .282 with 20 runs scored. Olivas checks in at .190 for the year with nine RBIs, but is hitting .273 in 15 conference games. Rymer finished the game with a career-high three stolen bases to raise her season total to a team-leading nine.
In the circle, Fraijo improved to 7-2 on the season with her relief work. She allowed only one hit and walked three batters while getting two strikeouts. She owns a 2.39 ERA and 49 strikeouts on the season.
The game started out with a bang, as Putnam blasted her third home run of the season, a two-run shot, in the first. She now has a team-high 30 RBIs to go along with a .297 batting average, 35 hits and 17 runs scored.
The Highlanders would respond in the top of the third, blasting a pair of home runs to chase CSUN starter Debbie Duran and take a 3-2 lead. Duran went 2.2 innings Sunday, allowing seven hits and two walks with one strikeout.
UCR nearly extended its lead in the top of the fifth, loading the bases with no outs. However, Fraijo retired the next three Highlanders in order to escape the jam.
Northridge returns to the diamond next Saturday with a three-game series at Cal State Fullerton. The Matadors and Titans will play a doubleheader on May 2 and a single game on May 3. Both days are slated to start at noon.