March 12, 2009

CSUN Heads to San Diego Classic II for Five Games

March 12, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Matadors Face Challenging Slate at San Diego Classic II

The Cal State Northridge softball team (13-9) travels down the Interstate 405 to compete in the San Diego Classic on the campus of San Diego State this weekend. At the tournament, CSUN will face three Big 12 squads (Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Iowa State) while also facing Miami (OH) and the host Aztecs.

Northridge is 12-5 over its last 17 games and recently split a doubleheader with Texas at Matador Diamond. The Matadors continue to showcase an outstanding balance of pitching and timely hitting. Debbie Duran and Hannah Fraijo anchor the pitching staff and Christina Saenz leads an assortment of Northridge batters who have come through in clutch situations throughout the young season.

A Saenz of the Times

Junior Christina Saenz continues to lead the Big West Conference with a .418 batting average and a .522 on-base percentage. She hit .417 with five hits and two runs at The Worth Invitational and now has at 14 RBIs and 11 runs scored on the season. She leads the team with 23 hits and 29 total bases.

Debbie Duran-Duran

Junior Debbie Duran rallied the Matadors in their game two victory against Texas on Mar. 10. The junior threw a complete game against the Longhorns to pick up her eighth victory of the season. She is now 8-5 with a team-best 1.81 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 73.2 innings.

It certainly ain't Hannah Montana

Freshman Hannah Fraijo continues to shine in her rookie season with CSUN. She won two games at The Worth Invitational to raise her season record to 3-1. She also owns a 2.62 ERA and 33 strikeouts in an even 40 innings of work. Opponents are hitting just .189 off Fraijo for the season and she has a 1.02 WHIP for the year.

Reno 911

Freshman Jaci Carlsen enjoyed the first homestand of her career as CSUN went 5-2 in its recent seven-game stretch at Matador Diamond. Carlsen hit a team-high .455 at The Worth Invitational and had four runs, three RBIs and two doubles. She also connected on her second home runs of the season against Portland State on Mar. 8.

Putnam Provides Prolonged Productivity, Prompting Perennially Pleasing Performances

Senior Micah Putnam smacked a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning in CSUN's 4-1 victory against Portland State on Mar. 7. The four RBIs tied a career high and was her second four-RBI game of the season. Putnam now leads the Matadors with 15 RBIs and seven sac bunts and also has five stolen bases.

Allen Wrenches Her Way into Offensive Fixture

Sophomore Tracy Allen ranks second on the team with a .340 batting average. She has already scored 14 runs this season and has 17 hits, two of which are doubles, and six RBIs. She owns a .377 on-base percentage and is tied with Karla Chaparro with a team-high six stolen bases. Her 17 hits rank second on the squad.

Karla's Korner

Sophomore Karla Chaparro came through with a clutch two-run single in CSUN's 7-5 victory over Portland State on Mar. 8. She already has four RBIs this season and has scored three times. She is tied with Tracy Allen for the team lead with six stolen bases and also has two sac bunts on the season.

Rymer and Reason

Junior Jaclyn Rymer continues to display patience at the plate, leading the Matadors with 11 walks on the season. She has scored a team-high 15 runs already this year and has nine RBIs and a .417 on-base percentage. She also has five stolen bases and 15 hits while posting a .263 batting average.

Torgeson Elected to NFCA Hall of Fame

Former Cal State Northridge softball coach Gary Torgeson was elected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame at the NFCA 25th Anniversary Convention in Marco Island, Fla. During his 13-year tenure, Torgeson won four Division II National Championships and helped CSUN successfully transition to Division I, culminating with an appearance in the College World Series Final against Arizona in 1994. He finished with a 636-216-8 record and never finished worse than a tie for first in the conference standings.

Basepaths beware

Northridge ranks second in the Big West Conference with 24 stolen bases. Karla Chaparro and Tracy Allen rank second in the league with six stolen bases each and Jaclyn Rymer and Micah Putnam have five steals on the season. Conversely, CSUN catcher Krystal Raphael has dissuaded opponents from trying to take an extra base, throwing out nine of 21 would-be-basestealers, a 43 percent success rate.

Defensive Dynamos

Northridge owns a .968 team fielding percentage, the second-best rate in the Big West Conference. Northridge has already turned 11 doubles plays and has committed a league-low 19 errors. Jaclyn Rymer leads the team with 159 chances and 154 putouts. Karla Chaparro ranks fifth in the Big West Conference with 51 assists. Rymer also checks in at third with seven fielding double plays and Micah Putnam has fielded five double plays on the season.

Scouting Texas Tech

The Red Raiders of Texas Tech are the Matadors' opening opponent in San Diego. Although 6-18 overall, Texas Tech has already defeated Big West member Pacific twice in a tournament in Florida. Elizabeth Eimen leads the team with a .380 batting average and 10 RBIs. Stephanie Drewry, Leah Legler and Megan Shupp are also all hitting over .300 for the season.

In the circle, Ashly Jacobs has a 4-8 record and a 6.14 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 62.2 innings of work. As a staff, Texas Tech has a 5.67 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .316 for the season. CSUN has won both contests in its history against Texas Tech, the last victory, an 8-3 decision, on Mar. 13, 2002.

Scouting Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State and Northridge will tangle on Saturday at 2 p.m., marking the third-straight CSUN opponent to come from the Big 12 Conference. The Cowgirls currently stand at 17-4 on the season and own a 7-4 record in neutral games. Alysia Hamilton is hitting .400 for the season with 31 RBIs and three home runs. Seven other regulars are hitting over .300 for OSU, giving the team a batting average of .308.

In the circle, Anna Whiddon is 8-3 with a 1.70 ERA and Sarah Odom is 7--7 with a 1.99 ERA. OSU's team ERA is 1.74 and opponents are hitting just .188 off the staff for the season. CSUN owns the a 5-2 record in the all-time series, including a 5-0 win on Mar. 5, 2004.

Scouting Miami (OH)

The Redhawks of Miami (OH) are CSUN's first opponent Saturday, Mar. 14 at the San Diego Classic II. Jordan McElroy leads the team with a .385 batting average and has scored 12 runs. As a team, Miami is hitting .285 for the season and has scored 49 runs in its 14 games.

Jessica Simpson is 6-4 with a 1.40 ERA and 48 K's in 55 innings of work. The Miami staff owns a 2.40 ERA and is holding opponents to a .240 batting average. This will be the first time that CSUN and Miami (OH) have met on the softball diamond.

Scouting Iowa State

For the second time this season, Iowa State and Northridge will meet. The Matadors took a 3-2, eight-inning victory over the Cyclones on Feb. 28 at the Mayfair Invitational in Lakewood, Calif. Carrie Monroe leads the team with a .350 batting average and has 15 runs and RBIs on the season. Carleigh Berry leads the team with 11 stolen bases in 12 chances. ISU is batting .278 for the seas on and has 32 stolen bases as a team thus far.

Rachel Zabriskie, who pitched in the first meeting between the schools, is 9-5 with a 1.11 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 94.1 innings of work. Northridge owns a 6-1 advantage in the all-time series between the schools.

Scouting San Diego State

For their final game in San Diego, the Matadors meet region rival San Diego State. The Aztecs enter the weekend with a 12-11 record and receiving votes in national polls. At the plate, SDSU is hitting .216 as a team having scored 64 runs in their 23 games. Brittany Knudsen is the top hitter among the regulars, batting .242 with five RBIs and five doubles. In the circle, the Aztecs own a team ERA of 2.47 with Bailey Micetich dealing a 7-4 record with a 2.09 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 77 innings of work. The Matadors own a 33-13-1 record in the all-time series, including a 7-0 victory on Feb. 22, 2003.

Next week for Northridge

The Matadors have some time off following their trip to San Diego. The team returns to action on Mar. 21 for a doubleheader at Cal State Bakersfield starting at 1 p.m.