May 7, 2011

Matadors Post Doubleheader Sweep over Highlanders

May 7, 2011

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (20-29, 8-9 Big West) defeated UC Riverside twice Saturday in a pair of Big West Conference games at Matador Diamond. The Matadors rallied in both contests, taking 10-5 and 7-1 decisions over the Highlanders.

Offense carried the way for CSUN Saturday in the team's final homestand of the season. The Matadors finished with 17 runs, 22 hits and eight stolen bases in the two games.

Tracy Allen went 3-for-4 in game one, hitting a three-run home run, her sixth of the season, and finished with four RBIs. Jaci Carlsen went 2-for-4 on the day and had a home run, four stolen bases and scored five times.

Mikayla Thielges had five hits, including a career-high four in game two, and had four RBI on the day. Madeline Sale finished 3-for-4 in game two and had three RBIs on the day.

In the circle, Carly Wade won both games for the Matadors to improve her record to 6-14 on the season. She went 6.0 innings of action in game two, fanning four with only one earned run and six hits. In game one, her 3.0 innings of one-hit softball helped key a CSUN rally from down 5-2 after four and a half innings.

Game One Recap

The Matadors staged a late rally and scored eight runs in the last two innings to defeat the Highlanders.

Northridge started out with a 2-0 lead after one inning. Jaci Carlsen led off the bottom of the frame with her ninth home run of the season and 19th of her career. That total moves her into eighth in school history outright.

CSUN added a second run in the first on an RBI double by Madeline Sale, her seventh of the season.

However, the Highlanders were undeterred and scored one run in the second and two in both the third and fifth inning. That spurt chased CSUN starter Hannah Fraijo from the game as the junior lasted 4.0 innings with seven hits and five earned runs.

The Matadors started clawing back in the fifth, getting two runs. Carlsen started things with a one-out walk and moved to third on an error by the UCR shortstop. Mikayla Thielges then delivered a sac fly and Tracy Allen got a two-out single to bring CSUN within one.

Northridge then exploded for sixth runs in the sixth. Jennifer Mosier reached on another error and quickly stole second and third. She then scored on an RBI single by Kristen Mihm. Carlen drew another one-out walk and Samantha Sloniker singled to load the bases. Thielges then delivered a two-run single to center and she and Sloniker came around to score on Allen's three-run shot.

For Allen, the four RBIs in game one raised her season total to 27 for the season and 85 for her career, moving past Amanda Peek for ninth in school history.

Mosier's two steals in game one, and a third on the day which came in the second game, moved her into a tie with Beth Onestinghel for third in school history with 37 career steals. She 16-for-20 on the basepaths this season and had a run and RBI on Saturday.

Game Two Recap

The Matadors overcame an early 1-0 deficit and pounded out 13 hits to complete the Saturday sweep of the Highlanders.

Wade got out of some tough jams early, including runners on second and third with no outs to start the second. However, she allowed just one run over six innings, an RBI single in the third inning.

CSUN fired back with four runs in the third. Carlsen led off the inning with an infield single and then stole second and third. Thielges brought her home with an RBI single. A UCR error allowed Tracy Allen to reach safely and move Thielges to second.

Sale then delivered her eighth double of the season to plate Allen and Leann Lopez, who had entered as a pinch runner for Thielges. Mosier then brought home Korinne Randazzo, who had pinch ran for Sale, with an RBI single.

Northridge added one in the fourth inning on an RBI base hit by Sloniker that scored Carlsen. The junior second baseman had started the inning with a walk and then stole second. Her three steals in game two Saturday tied a CSUN school record for a single game and also matched Mosier for the most steals by an individual in the Big West Conference this season.

In the fifth, Sale started things with single and moved all the way to third with two outs after a single by Karla Chaparro. During the next at-bat, Chaparro stole second and the ensuing throw went into centerfield to bring home Sale. Chaparro eventually scored on an RBI single by Kristen Mihm.

The Matadors return to action Sunday, May 8 with a noon contest against the Highlanders. The Mother's Day affair is CSUN's final home game of the season and the final game at Matador Diamond for the team's four seniors: Tracy Allen, Karla Chaparro, Kristen Mihm and Karla Chaparro. The quartet will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.