Northridge Softball Heads to Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament

Feb. 18, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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THIS WEEK

Friday, Feb. 19 • Portland State • Los Angeles, Calif. • 11 A.m. • Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament (@ UCLA)

Friday, Feb. 19 • No. 4 UCLA • Los Angeles, Calif. • 4 P.m. • Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament (@ UCLA)

Saturday, Feb. 20 • No. 4 UCLA • Los Angeles, Calif. • 6:30 P.m. • Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament (@ UCLA)

Sunday, Feb. 21 • Portland State • Los Angeles, Calif. • 10 A.m. • Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament (@ UCLA)

Matadors Face Vikings, Bruins at Easton Stadium

Fresh off a challenging slate of games in Tempe, the road for the Cal State Northridge softball team (1-5) does not get any easier this weekend when it heads to Los Angeles to compete in the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament on the campus of UCLA. At the tournament, the Matadors will face Portland State and the host Bruins twice over three days, with all games played at UCLA's Easton Stadium.

Despite the win-loss record, CSUN took a lot of positive returns from its trip to the Kajikawa Classic. The Matadors faced a difficult slate of games that challenged them and gave the coaches and players lots of information on what their strengths and weaknesses could be for the rest of the 2010 season. Jennifer Mosier cranked two home runs at the event, already paying dividends for her move from the left batter's box to the right. Northridge hit four home runs, which is tied for the lead league, in Tempe and appears well ahead of pace to surpass 2009's total of nine.

At the plate, Northridge batted .245 over the six games with Mosier's .556 batting average and .636 on-base percentage leading the squad. Christina Saenz and Tracy Allen also hit well over .300 during their time in Tempe, with Allen blasting her first double and home run of the season. The Matadors drew 21 walks at the plate to give them a team .353 on-base percentage.

In the circle, Amanda Pitzenberger, Hannah Fraijo and Debbie Duran each had solid outings and Mia Pagano flashed signs of potential in her first career appearances. Fraijo leads the team in ERA (2.44) and opponent batting average (.236), ranking eighth and 10th in the Big West. Pitzenberger tossed a complete game against Purdue to earn the win.

Now Northridge gets two cracks at Portland State and the fourth-ranked Bruins. The Vikings enter the weekend with a 2-4 record after competing in the Kajikawa Classic. They defeated Ohio and Purdue in Tempe. UCLA owns a 5-1 record after its trip to Florida, defeating No. 16 Tennessee, No. 7 Georgia and Florida Atlantic. UCLA then returned to California and defeated UCSB twice, 14-0 and 11-1. The Bruins only loss was a 4-2, 13-inning defeat to No. 3 Michigan.

Scheduling Story

A look at the CSUN's 2010 schedule reveals a slate of games filled with quality opponents that should give the Matadors a high RPI and strength-of-schedule. In fact, the 2010 schedule features 26 games against 17 opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament. In terms of RPI, Northridge will play 18 opponents and 29 games, 15 of which are home contests, against clubs that had an RPI ranked in the top 100 at the end of the 2009 season. The Matadors finished 2009 with a final RPI of 81 and a strength-of-schedule of 96.

Defensive Dynamos

A staple of the Matadors in Coach Sparrey's tenure has been defensive acumen. The Matadors finished the 2009 season ranked 46th in the nation and third in the Big West Conference with a .967 fielding percentage. The team also finished 23rd in the nation in double plays per contest (0.42) finishing with 21 double plays in 50 games. Through six games in 2010, CSUN ranks second in the Big West with a .979 fielding percentage, committing only four errors in 181 chances.

Basepaths Beware

Northridge finished the 2009 season with a league-high 62 stolen bases in 80 chances. At an average of 1.24 per game, the Matadors ranked 65th in Division I. In 2010, Northridge is 4-of-8 in stolen base attempts. Jaci Carlsen is the earlier leader for Northridge, having stolen two bags in three chances. Jaclyn Rymer ranks seventh in school history with 29 career steals. 

We're All Making Sacrifices around Here

The Matadors finished second in the Big West with 55 sac bunts in 2009. Northridge has picked right where they left off in 2010, posting a league-high nine sac bunts through its first six games. Christina Saenz, Amanda Pitzenberger and Alexandria Alvarado each have a league and team-high two sacrifices to their credit.

Taking One for the Team

Cal State Northridge batters finished the 2009 season having been plunked 43 times, the second-most in the Big West Conference. This year, CSUN has been plunked five times through six games. Jaci Carlsen has worn the biggest bulls-eye thus far, having been hit twice in 14 plate appearances.

Senior Story

The 2010 Matadors feature six seniors, five of whom started as freshman together in the 2007 season. Alexandria Alvarado, Lauren Olivas, Amanda Pitzenberger, Jaclyn Rymer and Christina Saenz all share numerous conference, school and individual honors entering their final season at CSUN. Add to that Debbie Duran, a transfer who earned all-league honors in 2009, and the class hopes to go out like the came in: with an NCAA Tournament appearance.

We Go Together Like Peas & Carrots

Junior Jennifer Mosier has quickly showed that her switch from the left batter's box to the right side was the right move. She hit a team and league-high two home runs while in Tempe, blasting bombs off Texas A&M and Oregon. She leads the team with a .556 batting average, .636 on-base percentage and 1.333 slugging percentage. Mosier also has four RBIs, two walks and a sac bunt.

Give her the Cheese-Berger

Senior Amanda Pitzenberger had the Matadors' only win in the circle in Tempe, tossing a complete game against Purdue. She scattered five hits with one walk and four strikeouts against the Boilermakers and owns a 1-1 record and 3.75 ERA in two starts in 2010. Opponents are batting just .257 off her and she is the only CSUN pitcher not to have surrendered a home run in Tempe.

Saenz of the Times

Senior Christina Saenz enters the weekend with a .385 batting average, the second-highest figure on the Matadors. She had five singles in Tempe, scoring twice and driving in one run. She also drew two walks and had two sac bunts and posted two assists from her right field position. With 66 career RBIs, Saenz is just 10 shy of cracking the Northridge career top-10 list.

Allen Wrenches Her Way into Offensive Fixture

Junior Tracy Allen swung a solid bat in Tempe, hitting .333 with six hits, one double and a home run. Those extra base hits, coupled with two walks, gives her a .556 slugging percentage and .429 on-base percentage. The home run, which came against top-ranked Washington, was the fifth of her career.

It Certainly Ain't Hannah Montana

Sophomore Hannah Fraijo suffered a pair of tough losses for Northridge in Tempe, but posted some impressive numbers in defeat. She leads the team with a 2.44 ERA and a .236 batting-average against, figures that rank eighth and 10th in the Big West Conference. She also leads the team with 15 strikeouts, a total that checks in at fourth in the league.

Double A Keeps Going and Going and Going and Going and Going

Senior Alexandria Alvarado picked up her first double of the season in Tempe, raising her career total to 29, the eighth-most in school history and just one behind Tamara Ivie for seventh. She also had two RBIs, two runs scored, two sac bunts and drew three walks at the Kajikawa Classic.

Karla's Korner

Junior Karla Chaparro scored a team-high four runs in Tempe while batting .211. She also picked up her first double of the season against then-No. 15 Northwestern and drew three walks and had one sac bunt. From her shortstop position, she already leads the team in defensive assists, posting 15 to go along with six put-outs.

Rymer and Reason

Senior Jaclyn Rymer finished the first weekend of her senior year with two RBIs, three walks and a run scored. She also drew three walks and posted the Matadors' only sac fly of the weekend. Rymer is seventh in school history with her 29 career steals, one shy of tying Michelle McAnany and Anna Getherall for fifth all time. She also tied two school records in 2009, collecting five hits against Cal State Bakersfield and recording three steals against UC Riverside.

Scouting Portland State

The Portland State Vikings will meet the Matadors twice for the second-straight season this upcoming weekend. After winning the PCSC in 2009 and earning a berth to regionals, the Vikings enter Friday's game with a 2-4 record. Like CSUN, Portland State was at the Kajikawa Classic, picking up wins against Ohio and Purdue. They also faced two ranked opponents, just like Northridge, losing to California and Arizona State.

As a team, Portland State carries a .153 batting average through their six contests. Sadie Lopez leads the team with a .308 average, collecting four hits in 13 at-bats. Brandi Scoggins had the team's only extra-base hit in Arizona, hitting a double to go along with her .250 average. The Vikings did steal four bases in four attempts in Arizona.

In the circle, Tori Rogers and Anna Bertrand each sport a 1-1 record and ERA under 2.00. Rogers made two starts in Tempe, striking out 10 and giving up just a .167 batting average-against in 13.2 innings of work. Bertrand also made two starts and has 17 K's and a .176 batting average-against in 14.2 innings. She also made one relief appearance, earning a save.

The Matadors own a perfect 7-0 record against Portland State, having taken two games against the Vikings in 2009 at the Worth Invitational at Matador Diamond. Those two games were the first between the squads since the 1990 season.

Scouting No. 4 UCLA

The fourth-ranked UCLA Bruins are this weekend's hosts for The Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. The Bruins beat up on fellow Big West member UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, sweeping a doubleheader by scores of 14-0 and 11-1. UCLA already owns victories over Tennessee and Georgia as well.

At the plate, UCLA brings a team batting average of .333 into the weekend. GiOnna DiSalvatore leads the team with a .526 batting average and also ahs seven runs scored, four doubles and eight RBIs in six games. Megan Langenfeld comes in hitting .467 with nine runs scored, two home runs and seven RBIs. UCLA also features three other regulars batting over .375: Julie Burney (.389), Katie Schroeder (.381) and Samantha Camuso. The Bruins have already hit nine home runs and nine doubles this season, translating to a .560 slugging percentage.

In the circle, UCLA has held opponents to a .133 batting average in 143 at-bats through six games. Donna Kerr is 3-0 on the year with a 1.08 ERA and 23 K's in three starts. Aleah Macon and Langenfeld each have a victory in the circle as well and both are holding opponents well below the Mendoza Line at the plate.

In a series dating back to 1979, UCLA owns a 35-9 record against Cal State Northridge. The last Matador win in the series came in a doubleheader sweep on April 15, 1998. CSUN won the games 9-0 and 5-4 at Matador Diamond. CSUN's last win at UCLA was a 2-1 victory on Feb. 11, 1993.

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