May 8, 2010
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge softball team (28-21, 12-5 Big West) swept a doubleheader against UC Riverside at Amy S. Harrison Field Saturday afternoon. Northridge stormed out to an 11-1, five-inning victory in game one. In game two, the offensive explosion continued as the Matadors recorded an 8-0, six-inning victory.
In all, Northridge scored 19 runs and had 23 hits Saturday against UCR. As they hit the home stretch toward a berth in the NCAA Tournament, the Matadors have won 11 of their past 12 games.
At the plate, Christina Saenz had six RBIs on the day, moving her into eighth in school history with 85 runs driven in for her career. Alexandria Alvarado moved into a tie for second in school history with her 36th career double.
In the circle, Hannah Fraijo won game one for Northridge to improve to 17-7 on the season with a 2.44 ERA. In game two, Debbie Duran tossed a two-hit shutout in six innings of work. Together, the two combined to not allow an earned run and limited the Highlander offense to nine hits in 11 innings.
Game One Recap
The Cal State Northridge softball team defeated UC Riverside, 11-1 in five innings, Saturday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader at Amy S. Harrison Field. Hannah Fraijo picked up her 17th win of the season and Chrisitna Saenz drove in a season-high four RBIs in Northridge's first run-rule victory of the season.
Four Matadors (Lauren Olivas, Jennifer Mosier, Saenz and Krystal Raphael) had two hits in the game. Jaci Carlsen scored three runs and drove in three while Tracy Allen added two RBIs to her season haul. Eight of the nine CSUN starters reached safely in the game and Olivas, Mosier and Jaclyn Rymer all scored two runs apiece.
In the circle, Hannah Fraijo tossed four innings, allowing six hits and one unearned run to record her 17th win of the season. She had one strikeout and did not walk a batter. Debbie Duran tossed the final inning for Northridge, allowing one hit and one walk.
Things started quickly for the Matadors. Two of the first three batters reach safely in the first inning. Jaci Carlsen was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and Tray Allen was also hit by a pitch to give CSUN a 1-0 lead. With the bases still loaded, Christina Saenz emptied them with a three-run double into right field.
For Saenz, the three RBIs moved her past Jan Mosier for ninth in school history. She now has 82 RBIs for her career, two shy of tying Amanda Peek for eighth in school history. For the season, Saenz has driven in 20 runs. Northridge added to its lead in the top of the second. With two outs and runners on first and third, Allen roped a single into left field for her 35th RBI of the season. Saenz added her fourth RBI of the game in the next at-bat, duplicating Allen's single into left field to score Carlsen.
In the top of the third, Alexandria Alvarado led off the inning with a double into left-center. It was her eighth double of the season and her 36th career two-bagger, moving her into a tie with Scia Mamausolo and Emilee Moores for second in school history. She scored a batter later on an RBI groundout by Karla Chaparro.
After Lauren Olivas and Jaclyn Rymer reached safely following Chaparro's at-bat, Jennifer Mosier picked up an RBI single to increase CSUN's lead to 8-0. For Mosier, the RBI was her 19th of the season. Carlsen then added a Sac Fly to score Rymer for her 35th RBI of the year.
UCR drew a run back in the bottom of the third to make the score 9-1. Fraijo then got out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the fourth to preserve the CSUN lead.
In the fifth inning, Carlsen blasted her sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot to increase CSUN's lead to 11-1.
UCR's Marissa Alvidrez took the loss in game one. She tossed one inning, allowing four earned runs with two walks and two strikeouts.
Game Two Recap
The Cal State Northridge softball team defeated UC Riverside, 8-0 in six innings, in game two of a doubleheader. In the circle, Debbie Duran tossed a two-hit shutout while at the plate, Tracy Allen and Lauren Olivas mashed home runs as CSUN won for the 11th time in its last 12 games.
Duran, who picked up her first win of the season last weekend at Cal Poly, was dominant Saturday in the second game. She allowed only the two hits and a walk in six innings to improve to 2-5 on the season. In Big West games, Duran is 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA.
At the plate, Allen finished a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs. She hit her team-leading seventh home run of the season and now has 36 RBIs on the year. Olivas cranked her second home run of the season and scored twice in the win.
Northridge started quickly again in game two. Lauren Olivas led off the game with a walk and then moved to second on a sac bunt by Jaclyn Rymer. With two outs in the inning, Jaci Carlsen was hit by a pitch. That brought Tracy Allen to the plate, who roped a single into right-center to score Olivas.
Christina Saenz then roped a two-run single into right field. The two RBIs gave her six for the day, 20 for the season and 85 for her career. That moved her past Amanda Peek for eighth in school history.
In the fourth, Allen blasted her team-leading eighth home run of the season, a towering blast to straight center that scored Mosier as well. The deep fly was CSUN's 27th of the season, exactly three times as many home runs as the team hit in all of 2009 (9).
That statistic was short-lived however, as Olivas led off the sixth with her second home run of the season. That increased CSUN's lead to 8-0.
The Matadors and Highlanders will play a final time Sunday with a start time of noon. Next weekend, CSUN returns to Matador Diamond to host Cal State Fullerton in the final Big West series of the 2010 season. The Matadors and Titans will play a doubleheader on Friday, May 14 and a single game on Saturday, May 15 with both days starting at noon.