Northridge Rallies to Sweep Saturday Doubleheader from Cal Poly
May 1, 2010
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (26-20, 10-4) defeated Cal Poly twice Saturday at Bon Janssen Field. The Matadors posted a 5-0 victory in game one, then rallied for a 5-3 decision in game two. The two wins stretched CSUN's winning streak to nine games and moved them into first place in the Big West Conference.
The two wins Saturday against Cal Poly, who entered the day leading the Big West Conference, gave CSUN its first series win against Cal Poly since the 2004 season and snapped a five-game losing streak against the Mustangs.
Karla Chaparro led Northridge at the plate, going 4-for-7 at the plate with four RBIs, two in each game, and two runs scored. Jaci Carlsen had two RBIs and her team-leading 10th double of the season on the day as well.
In the circle, Hannah Fraijo tossed her third shutout of the season in game one to improve to 16-6 on the year. In game two, Debbie Duran won her first game of the season, tossing 6.1 innings in relief and allowing only one earned run. Fraijo recorded the final out of game two to record her first save of the season.
Game One Recap
Hannah Fraijo tossed her third shutout of the season and picked up her 16th win of the season as CSUN defeated Cal Poly, 5-0, in game one of a doubleheader Saturday at Bob Janssen Field. At the plate, Tracy Allen and Karla Chaparro each had two hits and five different Matadors scored runs in the victory.
Fraijo, who is now 11-1 since Mar. 20, overcame five walks and seven hits to blank the Mustang line-up. She struck out one batter and hit one in the victory.
Northridge wasted little time getting to Cal Poly. Lauren Olivas led off the first with a walk and then moved to second on a sac bunt by Jaclyn Rymer. With two outs in the frame, Jaci Carlsen blasted her team-leading 10th double off the left-field wall to plate Olivas and give the Matadors an early 1-0 lead.
The game remained tied at 1-0 until the top of the fifth. Karla Chaparro led off the frame by reaching on an error and then moved to second on a sac bunt by Olivas. Jaclyn Rymer then punched a single to centerfield that brought home Chaparro and gave CSUN a 2-0 lead.
The Mustangs threatened in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases with two outs. However, Fraijo worked her way out of the jam, getting a popout to end the frame.
Northridge added more in the top of the sixth. Tracy Allen led off the inning with a double into the right-center gap. Christina Saenz then laid down a sac bunt that resulted in an error by the Cal Poly third baseman. With runners on first and third and no outs, Mikayla Thielges jammed a single into left field that increased CSUN's lead to 3-0.
With one out in the fifth, Karla Chapparro roped a single up the middle to score two and give Northridge a 5-0 lead.
Rebecca Patton took the loss for Cal Poly, allowing 10 hits and issuing three walks.
Game Two Recap
The Cal State Northridge softball team rallied for a 5-3 victory over Cal Poly to extend its winning streak to nine games. The Matadors scored three runs in the final two innings and got outstanding pitching from senior Debbie Duran.
Cal Poly took an early lead in game two. CSUN starter Amanda Pitzenberger walked three Mustangs and gave up a single and Cal Poly took a 2-0 lead. Debbie Duran came in to relieve Pitzenberger with one out in the inning and retired the next two batters quietly.
Things turned around for CSUN in the top of the third. Lauren Olivas singled with one out and then moved to second on a sac bunt by Jaclyn Rymer. Jennfer Mosier drew a two-out walk and Jaci Carlsen sent a single up the middle to score Olivas and draw the Matadors within 2-1.
The Matadors tied the game in the top of the fourth. Christina Saenz led off the inning with a single and then moved to second on a sac bunt by Krystal Raphael. With two outs, Karla Chaparro picked up her third RBI of the day with a single up the middle to tie the score.
Cal Poly re-took the lead in the bottom of the fifth on a solo home run.
The Matadors quickly tied things up in the top of the sixth. Krystal Raphael led off the inning by reaching on an error. After moving to second, Chaparro lined a single up the middle for her second RBI of the game. On the play, Chaparro moved to second on the throw to the plate and was awarded third base on interference by the Cal Poly shortstop.
With two outs, Kristen Mihm delivered a pinch-hit RBI single that scored Chaparro and gave CSUN a 4-3 lead.
Northridge added an insurance run in the top of the seventh. With two outs, Raphael was hit by a pitch. She then came around to score on an RBI double by Alexandria Alvarado. The double was the 35th of Alvarado's career, moving her just one behind Scia Mamausolo and Emilee Moores for second in school history.
In the top of the seventh, Cal Poly got the lead-off batter on deck. However, the Matadors were able to turn a double play off a line-out to right field. The next two Mustangs both reached safely, putting runners on second and third. Hannah Fraijo then came into relieve Duran, getting the final out on a grounder to earn her first save of the season.
By tossing 6.1 innings of one-run relief softball, Duran earned her first win of the season. She scattered six hits and walked two in the win. Anna Cahn took the loss for Cal Poly.
Northridge and Cal Poly will play a final time Sunday at Bob Janssen Field. First pitch is slated for noon.