May 2, 2010

Matadors Fall to Cal Poly, 2-1, in Series Finale

May 2, 2010

Box Score

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (26-21, 10-5) lost 2-1 to Cal Poly Sunday afternoon at Bob Janssen Field. Sophomore Jaci Carlsen had an RBI single and Hannah Fraijo tossed a complete game in the defeat.

The loss snapped the Matadors' nine-game winning streak and settled their Big West record to 10-5 on the season. Northridge now stands in a tie with Cal Poly for second in the league standings, one game behind UC Davis.

Carlsen picked up her team-leading 34th RBI of the season and also drew a walk in the game. Karla Chaparro had a hit and scored the Matadors' lone run in the game. She batted .500 in the series with four RBIs and three runs scored.

Hannah Fraijo took the loss for the Matadors, tossing a complete game. She scattered seven hits and one walk over six innings, but her record fell to 16-7 on the season. She also sports a 2.84 ERA and 91 K's in 160 innings of work.

The Mustangs struck first Sunday, scoring a run in the bottom of the second on a two-out RBI single.

The Matadors nearly broke through in the top of the fourth. With two outs, Jennifer Mosier broke up the perfect game with a single up the middle. After Mosier stole second, Jaci Carlsen then drew a two-out walk. Tracy Allen roped a single into left field, but Mosier was cut down at the plate for the third out of the inning.

Cal Poly added another run in the bottom of the fifth to stretch its lead to 2-0. With runners on second and third with one out, Fraijo was able to induce two groundballs to get out the jam without further damage.

Northridge broke through in the top of the sixth. Karla Chaparro singled to start the inning and then moved to second when Kristen Mihm reached on an error. With two outs, Carlsen looped a single into left field to draw CSUN within 2-1.

In the top of the seventh, Saenz started the inning with an infield single and then moved to second on a sac bunt by Krystal Raphael. Alexandria Alvarado then reached safely and following a groundout, runners were on second and third with two out. Unfortunately, Lauren Olivas lined out to third to end the game.

CSUN returns to action next weekend with a Big West series at UC Riverside. The Matadors and Highlanders will play three games, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 8. The two teams will then play a single game on Sunday, May 9 with both days starting at noon.