CSUN Returns to Matador Diamond for Three-Game Series against No. 22 Cal Poly

April 17, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Matadors Face Mustangs in Pivotal Big West Series

The Cal State Northridge softball team (24-14, 4-5 Big West) opens a six-game homestand Saturday with a Big West Conference series against No. 22 Cal Poly. The Matadors took a 4-2 decision against UC Santa Barbara on April 15 to snap a five-game losing streak and give the team 24 wins on the season, the most by a Northridge team since 2004.

The Matadors and Mustangs are historical rivals, having played 100 times in the all-time series. Northridge owns a 64-35-1 record in the series, though Cal Poly has won 10 of the past 12 games in the series. However, the Matadors gained some much needed confidence with their win at UC Santa Barbara and are ready for the series.

CSUN Softball Alumni Day Slated for Sunday

The Matadors will welcome back a host of former softball players to Matador Diamond for Sunday's game against the Mustangs. The game is slated to start at noon.

Rymer and Reason

Junior Jaclyn Rymer has positioned herself to receive consideration for a third-straight appearance on the All-Big West squad. In 2009, she is batting a team-high .352 for the season and also leads the team with 38 hits and 26 runs scored, both of which are new career highs. Rymer tied a 27-year-old school record when she had five hits at Cal State Bakersfield on Mar. 21. She also owns a .994 fielding percentage in 325 chances at first base.

Putnam Provides Prolonged Productivity, Prompting Perennially Pleasing Performances

Senior Micah Putnam had a two-run double Wednesday against UCSB to raise her season total to a career-high 26 RBIs. For the season, Putnam is batting .253 with five doubles, two home runs and six stolen bases. She also sports a .966 fielding percentage in 178 defensive chances at second base. Putnam is one of two seniors on the team.

A Saenz of the Times

Junior Christina Saenz remains a dangerous threat in the middle of the Matadors' line-up. She is second on the team with a .350 batting average and has now driven in 23 RBIs for the season. Saenz has six doubles and drawn 13 walks on the year to raise her on-base percentage .450. She has also set a new career high with two stolen bases, 18 runs scored and five sac bunts.

Pitz the Truth

Junior Amanda Pitzenberger helped propel CSUN to its 4-2 victory on Wednesday, tossing a complete-game, four-hitter against UCSB. She is now 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA on the season, but is 1-1 with a 0.91 ERA in four appearances against Big West opponents. For her career, Pitzenberger now sports a 14-14 record with four saves. She also owns a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 32 chances around the diamond.

Allen Wrenches Her Way into Offensive Fixture

Sophomore Tracy Allen is now batting .289 on the season, the third-best average on the Matadors in 2009. In nine games against Big West opponents, Allen leads the team with a .294 clip. She has now tied her career high with 24 hits and three doubles and has scored 16 runs with seven RBIs on the season. Allen also has seven stolen bases and five sac bunts on the year, both of which are new career highs

Duran Among Conference and National Leaders

Junior Debbie Duran will look to get back to her winning ways this weekend against the Mustangs. She leads the Matadors in the circle with a 16-8 record and a 2.22 ERA. Duran has started 22 games for Northridge and appeared in 32 contests in her first season with the Matadors. Opponents are hitting .254 off her for the season.

Double A Keeps Going and Going and Going

Junior Alexandria Alvarado leads the team with seven doubles on the season and is fourth on the squad with a .267 batting average. A 2008 All-Big West Honorable Mention, Alvarado has 31 hits, 15 runs scored and 13 RBIs on the year, plus a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 42 chances in the outfield.

Karla's Korner

Sophomore Karla Chaparro continues to consistency and reliability to the Matadors in 2009. She has started all 38 games at shortstop for Northridge. She has a career-high 22 hits, eight runs, eight RBIs and eight stolen bases on the season. Chaparro also has five sac bunts and is batting .222 for the season.

Basepaths Beware

Northridge ranks second in both sac bunts (42) and stolen bases (41) among all Big West Conference teams. Karla Chaparro leads the team with eight stolen bases, ranking fourth in the Big West. Tracy Allen has seven stolen bases, ranking fifth in the league. Micah Putnam has six steals to rank tied for sixth in the league. She also leads the Matadors with nine sac bunts on the season. Christina Saenz, Tracy Allen, Karla Chaparro and Krystal Raphael all have five sac bunts on the season.

Defensive Dynamos

Northridge owns a .967 fielding percentage, which ranks fourth in the Big West Conference. Behind the work of Krystal Raphael, the Matadors lead the Big West by allowing opponents a 63.9 percent success rate on stolen base attempts. As a team, Northridge has turned 17 double plays, tied for the second most in the conference.

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.

Scouting Cal Poly

Ranked 22nd in the nation, Cal Poly ventures down to the San Fernando Valley for a three-game series with Northridge starting on Saturday, when the teams play a doubleheader. The two teams will play a single game on Sunday with both days starting at noon.

The Mustangs enter the weekend with a 28-9 overall record and a 7-2 mark Big West play. Last weekend, they swept Long Beach State in a tightly contested series that produced seven total runs in three games. Cal Poly is currently tied with Cal State Fullerton for first in the conference standings.

At the plate, Cal Poly is hitting .297 as a team with five regulars checking in at over .300. Melissa Pura leads the team with a .369 average and has seven doubles, six home runs and 27 RBIs. Krysten Cary brings some power to the dish for Cal Poly as well, mashing a league-high 12 home runs with 31 RBIs thus far.

In the circle, Cal Poly has a pair of southpaws who have put up impressive numbers. Anna Cahn is 18-5 on the year with a 1.67 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 175.2 innings of work. Opponents are hitting just .213 off her for the season. Helen Pena is the other Cal Poly starter, posting a 9-4 mark with a 1.54 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 77.1 innings of work. Opponents have been held to just a .269 on-base percentage this season against Mustang pitching.

The two squads are historical rivals, having met on the softball diamond 100 times. Northridge owns a 64-35-1 record in the all-time series, though Cal Poly has won 10 of the past 12 meetings.