CSUN Softball Travels to Santa Barbara to Face Gauchos in Three-Game Series

April 7, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Matadors Look to Rebound Strong against UC Santa Barbara

The Cal State Northridge softball team (23-9, 3-0 BWC) has little time to feel sorry for itself after being swept by Long Beach State last weekend. The Matadors must regroup quickly in a shortened week as they head to UC Santa Barbara for a three-game series starting on Friday at noon. The two teams will play a single game on Saturday also starting at noon, with all three games available on gametracker at GoMatadors.com.

The Matadors must get better production at the plate in order to pick up some victories agaisnt the Gauchos. Entering the series, CSUN is hitting .161 and owns a .266 on-base percentage as a team in six Big West games. Still, the Matadors do own a 3-3 record in the league, one game better than the Gauchos, who were also swept last weekend, dropping three games at Cal Poly.

Scouting UC Santa Barbara

The Matadors travel up the California Coast for a three-game series at UC Santa Barbara starting on April 10 with a doubleheader and a single game on April 11. Both days are slated to start at noon and gametracker will be available on GoMatadors.com.

At 19-17 and 2-4 in the Big West, UCSB checks in at sixth in the conference standings. The Gauchos split a doubleheader Monday with No. 22 Fresno State, winning 1-0 in the second game after dropping a 3-1 decision in game one.

Christine Ramos leads UC Santa Barbara with a .391 batting average ad 50 hits on the season. She also has 15 RBIs and 13 stolen bases, ranking first in the league in batting average and stolen bases. Tiffany Wright, the 2008 Big West Player of the Year, leads the team with 24 RBIs and runs scored while hitting .279 on the season. As a team, the Gauchos are hitting .293, the second-best figure in the Big West.

In the circle, UCSB owns a team ERA of 2.88, the fifth-best figure in the league. Krista Cobb is 12-5 on the season with a 2.05 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 88.2 innings of work. She has started 14 of the Gauchos' 36 games during her freshman season. MeLinda Matsumoto has started nine games for UCSB, compiling a 2-7 record with a 2.93 ERA. Opponents are hitting .262 off UCSB pitching for the season.

Brie Galicinao is in her second season as the head coach of UC Santa Barbara. Northridge owns a 53-25-1 record in the all-time series between the schools, having taken two out of three games in the annual series over the past three seasons.

Duran Among Conference and National Leaders

Debbie Duran continues to lead the Matadors from the pitching circle. The junior ranks in the top 10 among all Big West pitchers in wins (16, T-1st), ERA (1.96, 6th), opposing batting average (.242, 10th), innings pitched (139.1, 3rd), strikeouts (68, 8th), saves (2, T-1st) and appearances (30, 1st). Among all pitchers in Division I, Duran ranks 18th in the nation with her 16 wins and 26th in the country with her two saves.

A Saenz of the Times

Junior Christina Saenz remains a dangerous threat in the middle of the Matadors' line-up. She ranks fourth in the Big West with a .363 batting average and fourth in the league with a .464 on-base percentage. She had two RBIs over the weekend against Long Beach State to give her 20 for the season and 61 for her career, only 10 shy of 10th in school history. Additionally, she has scored 16 runs scored, has five doubles, 12 walks and two stolen bases.

Putnam Provides Prolonged Productivity, Prompting Perennially Pleasing Performances

Senior Micah Putnam has enjoyed a stellar senior season so far in 2009. She leads the team with a career-high 24 RBIs, which ranks seventh in the Big West. Putnam also has a team-high nine sac bunts, tied for the third-most in the league. For the season, she is batting .261 with 13 runs scored, four doubles, two home runs and six stolen bases. She also owns a .965 fielding percentage and 79 defensive assists, the sixth-most in the Big West.

Rymer and Reason

Junior Jaclyn Rymer has positioned herself to recieve consideration for a third-straight appearance on the All-Big West squad. In 2009, she is batting .357, the fifth-best mark in the conference, and has already scored a career-high 24 runs, tied for the third-most in the league. Having drawn a team-high 17 walks already, Rymer owns a team-best .471 on-base percentage, tied for the second-best mark in the league. She also sports a .993 fielding percentage and ranks second in the league with 290 defensive putouts.

Double A Keeps Going and Going and Going

Junior Alexandria Alvarado is now batting .274 for the season, the third-best mark on the Matadors. She has a team-high seven doubles this year, tied for the ninth-most in the league. Alvarado has also recorded 14 runs scored, 12 RBIs and four stolen bases and owns a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 31 chances in the outfield.

Karla's Korner

Sophomore Karla Chaparro has provided the Matadors with steady defense at shortstop in 2009, starting all 35 games for CSUN. She has already wracked up new career highs with 18 hits with seven runs and RBIs. She also leads the team with eight stolen bases, the fourth-most in the league, and has 93 assists, ranking second in the BWC.

Getting the Lo-Down

Junior Lauren Olivas picked up her fourth defensive assist from the outfield over the weekend at Long Bech State. She owns a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 28 chances and has scored 11 runs and has five RBIs with one stolen base and three sac bunts on the season.

Basepaths Beware

Northridge leads the Big West Conference with 41 sac bunts. Micah Putnam is third with nine sac bunts, while Karla Chaparro, Tracy Allen and Krystal Raphael each have five on the season. CSUN also leads the league with 38 stolen bases. Karla Chaparro has a team-high eight on the season to rank fourth in the Big West. Tracy Allen and Micah Putnam each check in with six steals, the fifth-most in the league and Jaclyn Rymer's five steals is tied for fifth in the league. Conversely, CSUN catcher Krystal Raphael has dissuaded opponents, throwing out 11 of 28 would-be-basestealers, a 39 percent success rate.

Defensive Dynamos

Northridge owns a .968 fielding percentage, ranking fourth in the conference and 47th in the nation. In fact, the Big West boasts five of the top 57 defensive teams in the nation. CSUN also ranks 10th in the nation with an average of 0.53 double plays-per-game, having turned 17 already this season. Jaclyn Rymer ranks second with 290 putouts while Karla Chaparro is second with 93 assists and Micah Putnam is sixth with 79 defensive assists.

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.

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