April 14, 2010

Matadors Hit the Road for Big West Series against Tigers

April 14, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Northridge Meets Up with Pacific for Three Games in Stockton

The Cal State Northridge softball team (18-20, 2-4 Big West) take its first roadtrip of the league schedule when it travels to Stockton, Calif., to face Pacific in a three-game Big West series. The Matadors salvaged their series with Long Beach State, rallying to defeat the 49ers, 10-9, in extra innings on April 11. CSUN came back from down 4-0 and 9-7 to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh and push the winning run across in the bottom of the eighth. It was just the third win for the Matadors in their last 24 games against LBSU.

Jennifer Mosier continued to lead the Matadors at the plate, batting .667 in the three games against LBSU. She had four steals, three doubles and two RBIs. Christina Saenz and Jaclyn Rymer both hit over .400 in the series and freshman Mikayla Thielges came up with a clutch two-run double in the bottom of the seventh in CSUN's victory. Hannah Fraijo tossed three innings of shutout softball to earn her team-leading 10th win of the season.

Now CSUN must set its sights on a talented Pacific team that has already had a busy week. The Tigers split a doubleheader against Saint Mary's on Tuesday. The Tigers are 17-21 overall and 9-4 at Bill Simoni Field. Lindsey Pierce leads the team and the conference with a .367 batting average. In the circle, Nikki Armagost has made a strong case for Freshman Pitcher of the Year honors, checking in with a 10-4 record and 1.99 ERA.

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 38 games in 2010, CSUN sports a .969 fielding percentage, which leads the conference, having committed only 36 errors in 1,162 chances. The fielding percentage ranks 40th in the nation. CSUN ranks 10th in Division I at 0.47 double plays per game, having turned 18 double plays in 2010.

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 40 sac bunts through its first 38 games. Karla Chaparro leads the squad with seven sac bunts, the second-most in the Big West. Amanda Pitzenberger, Krystal Raphael, Mikayla Thielges and Jaclyn Rymer all have four to their credit.

Basepaths Beware

In 2010, Northridge is 33-of-43 in stolen bases, the third-most steals in the league. Jennifer  Mosier leads the team with 13 stolen bases, the most by a CSUN player since 1996, and Jaci Carlsen has six steals. Karla Chaparro, Tracy Allen and Lauren Olivas are third on the team having stolen three bags thus far. Jaclyn Rymer ranks seventh in school history with 29 steals. 

I have the Power

Northridge has certainly had an offensive punch in 2010. The Matadors lead the Big West in slugging percentage (.376), triples (6) and total bases (368). The team's .346 on-base percentage, 151 runs scored, 256 hits, 43 doubles, 19 home runs and 127 RBIs all rank second among the league teams. CSUN's 19 home runs is more than double what the team hit in all of 2009.

Learning Your Times Tables

The Matadors have had several players record multiple-hit and multiple-RBI games in 2010. Lauren Olivas leads the team with nine multi-hit games, including a career-high four against Santa Clara. Karla Chaparro is second with eight multi-hit games, including a career-high three against Utah. Jaci Carlsen leads the team with seven multi-RBI games, including a career-high four against Mississippi State. Tracy Allen has five multi-RBI games, including a career-high-tying three RBIs against Utah.

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 a league-high 41 times through 38 games. Krystal Raphael has worn the biggest bulls-eye thus far, having been hit eight times. Jaci Carlsen and Alexandria Alvarado have both been hit six times.

Reno 911

Sophomore Jaci Carlsen has been a steady fixture in the clean-up spot for Northridge in 2010. She enters the week batting .271 with seven doubles, two triples and three home runs. Carlsen leads the team with 25 RBIs and she is second on the team with six stolen bases. For the year, Carlsen sports a .479 slugging, .379 on-base and a .946 fielding percentage in 130 chances at second base (68 POs, 55 A, 7 E). She ranks third in triples, sixth in doubles, second in RBIs and ninth in slugging among league players.

Getting the Lo-Down

Senior Lauren Olivas enters the week with a .298 batting average. She leads the team and has set a new career high with 36 hits and 24 runs scored. For the season, she also has five doubles, a league-leading three triples, six RBIs, three stolen bases and 50 total bases. Olivas also hit her first career home run in 2010, sports a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage and is fourth on the team with a .366 on-base percentage. The three triples ties her for 10th in school history for a single season.

Allen Wrenches Her Way into Offensive Fixture

Junior Tracy Allen cracked her fourth home run of the season against Long Beach State. She now has a career-high 20 RBIs and six doubles. Allen adds to that 30 hits, three stolen bases and three sac bunts. Defensively, Allen has started at third base in every game for Northridge, posting a conference-high 97 assists and .973 fielding percentage.

It Certainly Ain't Hannah Montana

Sophomore Hannah Fraijo enters the series against Pacific with a 10-6 record and a 3.23 ERA. She leads the team with a .256 opposing batting average and 73 strikeouts. She won both games in CSUN's sweep over Utah and has tossed seven complete games. Fraijo also recorded shutouts over Oklahoma and Cal State Bakersfield. She ranks among the Big West leaders in wins, strikeouts, ERA, opposing batting average and innings pitched. Fraijo earned her first career Big West Pitcher of the Week award for her performance against Utah.

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

Senior Alexandria Alvarado hit her first triple of the season, and first since the 2007 season, in final game of the series against Long Beach State. Additionally, Alvarado has 27 hits, driven in 13 RBIs and is the third on the team with 17 runs. She collected her second double of the season against Utah, giving her 30 for her career. That total is tied for seventh in school history with Tamara Ivie and Alvarado is one double shy of tying three other players (Beth Calcante, Chelo Lopez, Christen Bedwell) for fourth in the school annals.

Run Forrest Run

Junior Jennifer Mosier continues to lead the Matadors in hitting, entering Saturday's contests with a .358 average. In last week's series against Long Beach State, she went a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases and had three doubles. She also leads the squad in on-base percentage (.455) and slugging (.537). Mosier has scored 23 runs, hit four home runs and produced 13 RBIs. She leads the team with 16 walks and her team-leading 13 stolen bases are the most by a Matador since Jill Stribling stole 14 in 1996. Earlier this season against Mississippi State, she hit two home runs and had a career-high four hits, four runs scored and three RBIs.

Karla's Korner

Junior Karla Chaparro continues to provide the Matadors with productivity at shortstop. She had five hits in the two games against Utah to earn the Big West Player of the Week honors on Mar. 29. Chaparro is tied for the team lead and ranks sixth in the league with seven doubles. She also recorded a career-high 15 runs scored and seven walks and adds 10 RBIs, seven sac bunts and three stolen bases. Defensively, Chaparro has been outstanding at shortstop, checking in with a .966 fielding percentage in 145 chances (64 POs, 76 A, 5 E).

Saenz of the Times

Senior Christina Saenz checks in with a .302 batting average through the Matadors' first 38 games. She had a key double in the win against Long Beach State and hit her fourth home run of the season against Utah. For the season, Saenz now has 14 RBIs. For her career, Saenz now has 81 RBIs, the 10th-most in school history. She took home her third career Big West Player of the Week honors Mar. 1 after batting .571 in the Matadors' games against Michigan State and San Diego State. Add to that a .500 slugging percentage, .388 on-base percentage and 26 hits and Saenz is closing out a very successful career.

Rymer and Reason

Senior Jaclyn Rymer has batted a team-high .444 in Big West play, raising her season average to .235. She scored the game-winning run against LBSU, giving her 11 for the season. Rymer also has 20 hits, two doubles, nine RBIs and sports a .990 fielding percentage at first base. 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.

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