April 4, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge softball team (13-20) will take a brief respite from its 2011 Big West schedule to host San Diego State in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday, April 5 at Matador Diamond beginning at 1 p.m. The pair of games with the Aztecs represent CSUN's final two non-league games of the season and a chance to build momentum for the rest of the league slate.
The Matadors are coming off a 1-2 roadtrip at UC Davis in their league-opening series. CSUN jumped out to a 7-3 victory in the first game behind six doubles and three stolen bases, but lost the final two games of the series.
San Diego State brings in a 22-14 record on the year, having won 12 of its past 13 games, including an extra-inning win over Stanford. The Aztecs bring in a talented duo of pitchers, Bailey Micetich and Samantha Beasley, who have combined for a 19-13 record and 210 strikeouts in 187 innings of work.
At the plate, Justeen Maeva leads the club with a .359 batting average while Lindsey Marquez (.327), Jen Wisneski (.310) and Jessica Camello (.303) are all batting over .300 for the season. Lorena Klopp leads the Aztecs with nine home runs and 24 RBIs.
In the all-time series between the two schools, Northridge owns a 35-13-1 record and has won the past four meetings. The two teams last met in Northridge on Feb. 8-9, 2003, as the Matadors took two out of the three games played at Matador Diamond.
The meeting with the Aztecs will also pit Team USA's two new assistant coaches against each other. CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers and SDSU assistant head coach Stacey Nuveman-Deniz were appointed to the positions on Mar. 3. The former UCLA teammates will help Team USA head coach Ken Eriksen at the World Cup of Softball, July 21-25 in Oklahoma City.
Individually, there were several notable performances for Northridge and head coach Tairia Flowers last week. In the third game, a 5-3 loss, Mikayla Thielges hit her team-leading 10th home run of the season, tying her for the most in the Big West Conference. Those 10 deep flies already tie her for ninth in school history for a single season. She is also second in the Big West with 31 RBIs and a .722 slugging percentage.
Tracy Allen also belted a home run for CSUN during the weekend, giving her five for the season and 16 for her career. That ties her with two former Matadors for the ninth-most in school history. Allen also had three RBIs on the weekend, raising her season total to 21 and her career mark to 79, two shy of matching Jan Mosier for 10th in school history. A fixture at third base, Allen leads the Big West Conference with 89 defensive assists.
Freshman Madeline Sale raised her batting average to .326 for the season, the second-highest average on the team. She has four doubles, 12 walks and a .404 on-base percentage on the year. Teammate Jaci Carlsen leads the club with a .374 average and a .441 on-base percentage. Carlsen has a career-high eight stolen bases, eight doubles, five home runs and 15 RBIs on the season.
Following the games with the Aztecs, Northridge heads back out on the road for a Big West series at Long Beach State. The Matadors and 49ers will play a doubleheader on April 9 and a single game on April 10. CSUN has not won a three-game series with LBSU since the 2002 season.