May 8, 2009

Matadors Rally to Split Doubleheader with UC Davis

May 8, 2009

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. -

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The Cal State Northridge softball team (28-21, 8-12 Big West) split a doubleheader Saturday with UC Davis at La Rue Field. After dropping a 3-2, 10-inning decision in game one, the Matadors scored three runs in the top of the sixth in game two to take a 3-1 victory.

Seniors Micah Putnam and Sarah Kahn-Shamout enjoyed stellar days at the plate for the Matadors in their final Big West series. Putnam had three hits, two RBIs and two walks on the day and Kahn-Shamout had four hits, two doubles, scored two runs and had an RBI on the day.

Game One Recap

The Cal State Northridge softball team dropped a 3-2, 10-inning decision to UC Davis in the first game of a doubleheader at La Rue Field. Sarah Kahn-Shamout, Lauren Olivas and Micah Putnam each had two hits for CSUN and Putnam drove in both runs for the Matadors.

In the third, Sarah Kahn-Shamout led off the inning with a line-drive single to right field and moved to third on a throwing error by the Aggie catcher on a sac bunt by Lauren Olivas. With no outs, Micah Putnam picked up her 33rd RBI of the season on a groundout to give CSUN a 1-0 lead.

UC Davis tied the score in the bottom of the third on a sac fly. CSUN starter Hannah Fraijo allowed only one run after runners reached second and third with one out in the frame.

Kahn-Shamout started the CSUN fifth with a scorching double to right-center and moved to third on a single by Olivas. With runners on second and third and no out, Putnam laced a 0-2 single into right field for her second RBI of the game and 34th of the season.

However, the Matadors would get only the one run in the inning and took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth.

Again, UC Davis knotted the scored a with a sac fly in the bottom of the fifth. And again, Fraijo escaped a second and third jam with one out by allowing only the one run.

Amanda Pitzenberger made a relief appearance for the Matadors in game one, replacing Fraijo to start the bottom of the sixth. Fraijo initially went five innings, allowing only three hits and two earned runs while striking out two.

In the top of the seventh with one out, Olivas slapped a single through the right side and stole second base. Putnam then walked and Karla Chaparro dropped a single into left field to load the bases. However, the next two batters recorded outs and CSUN left the bases loaded at the end of the inning.

Pitzenberger got out of a jam in the bottom of the seventh. The Aggies put runners on second and third with one out and loaded the bases with two outs. However, Pitzenberger got the third out of the inning on a fly ball and the teams entered extra innings.

In the top of the 10th, Christina Saenz drew a walk to start the inning and moved to second on a fielding error by the Aggie third baseman on a grounder by Tracy Allen. With two outs, Kahn-Shamout nearly reached on an infield single, but was thrown out by half a step.

Fraijo re-entered the game in the bottom of the 10th and gave up a single to start the inning. After a sac bunt, the Matadors intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases. The first pitch to the next batter hit her on the foot, giving UC Davis a 3-2 victory.

With the loss, Fraijo dropped to 7-4 on the season. Alex Holmes, who entered in the 10th, picked up the win for UC Davis. The two teams combined to leave 23 runners on base in the contest.

Game Two Recap

The Cal State Northridge softball team defeated UC Davis, 3-1, in the second game of a doubleheader at La Rue Field. Debbie Duran picked up her 18th win and 15th complete game of the year in the victory, scattering eight hits with three strikeouts.

She escaped damage in the first inning. With one out, the Aggies put runners on first and second. The next batter fouled off several pitches before singling up the middle. On the play, Alexandria Alvarado, Jaclyn Rymer and Jaci Carlsen teamed up to pick-off the runner on third base. A groundball to third then helped Duran get out of the inning unscathed.

Micah Putnam picked up her eighth double of the season with two outs in the top of the third. However, she would be stranded at second at the end of the inning.

With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, UC Davis loaded the bases courtesy of a pair of walks and a single. Following a visit to the mound, Duran induced a groundball to get out of the inning without surrendering a run.

In the top of the fifth, Sarah Kahn-Shamout hit her second double of the day and fourth of the season. The next batter, Krystal Raphael, grounded into a fielder's choice, but the UCD shortstop tried to get Kahn-Shamout at third and instead hit her with the throw, allowing Raphael to get to second and Kahn-Shamout to third.

With two outs in the inning, Putnam was intentionally walked to load the bases for Lauren Olivas. However, the Aggie centerfielder made a diving catch on a line drive by Olivas to end the inning.

The Aggies got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, scoring on a two-out single to left field to take a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the sixth, Alexandria Alvarado led off the inning with her 11th double of the season. Then with one out, Jaclyn Rymer laced a single into right and moved to second on the throw to the plate.

Carlsen tied up the game with an RBI grounder to the third baseman, who bobbled the ball allowing Carlsen to reach first. She then stole second to put runners on second and third with one out. Kahn-Shamout then laced a single through the left side to bring home Rymer and give CSUN a 2-1 lead.

A squeeze bunt by Krystal Raphael brought Carlsen home, moved Kahn-Shamout to third and allowed Raphael to reach second base on the play. The inning ended with CSUN owning a 3-1 lead.

The Aggies and Matadors conclude their regular seasons Saturday with a single game at La Rue Field starting at noon. Northridge will then wait to see their postseason fate on Sunday when the NCAA announces the field of 64 for the NCAA Tournament.

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