May 11, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Matadors Head to Orange County for Meeting with Titans
The Cal State Northridge softball team (20-30, 8-10 Big West) plays its final three games of the 2011 season this weekend with a series at Cal State Fullerton. The Matadors and Titans will play a twilight doubleheader at Anderson Family Field on May 13 starting at 4 p.m., followed by a single game on Saturday, May 14 at noon.
Northridge enters the series playing some its best softball of the season. The team won its second-straight league series by taking two of three games against UC Riverside in the season finale at Matador Diamond. CSUN rallied for a doubleheader sweep on May 7 and was led by several impressive performances.
Jaci Carlsen stole six bases during the three games, tying a school record with three in the Matadors' 7-1 victory. Mikayla Thielges blasted her 12th home run, had six RBIs and batted .727 during the series. Tracy Allen went 3-for-4 in the 10-5 victory, setting new season highs for hits and RBIs in the process. Madeline Sale had two doubles, three RBIs during the weekend and produced her fourth three-hit performance of the season in the 7-1 win.
For Northridge head coach Tairia Flowers, the series with the Titans also represents her final opportunities to pencil in the names of four outstanding senior student-athletes on the scorecard. As a quartet, Kristen Mihm, Jennifer Mosier, Karla Chaparro and Allen have combined for 245 runs, 396 hits, 57 doubles, 29 home runs, 192 RBIs and 76 stolen bases. Both Allen and Mosier leave the program with their name in the school record books.
This weekend, CSUN gets a test from a Cal State Fullerton team that is 22-22 overall and 11-7 in Big West action this season. Nicole Johnson leads the Titans in batting for the year with a .336 average and also has nine doubles, five home runs and 17 RBIs. Since the start of league play, Ariel Tsychiyama is hitting .432 with six doubles.
In the circle, Ari Cervantes and Katey Laban have seen the majority of time for CSUF. Cervantes is 15-13 on the year with a 2.91 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 185.1 innings of work. Laban is 5-6 with a 3.59 ERA and 22 K's in 74 innings of work.
Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with Cal State Northridge, 58-32-1. In 2010, the Matadors won their annual series with the Titans for the first time since the 1998 campaign. CSUN's last win in Fullerton came on April 9, 2004 in a 3-2 victory and Northridge has not won twice in Orange County since the 1998 season.
Allen Wrenches Her Way into Offensive Fixture
Senior Tracy Allen had a productive weekend against UC Riverside, batting .462 with three runs, a home run and four RBIs. In the Matadors' 10-5 victory over the Highlanders, Allen finished a season-high 3-for-4 with a season-best four RBIs and her sixth home run of the season. In school history, she now ranks ninth with 85 career RBIs and 10th in home runs with 17. Entering the final weekend of her playing career, Allen is batting .287 with seven doubles, 43 hits, 22 runs and 27 RBIs on the season. For her career, she owns 89 runs, 150 hits, 21 doubles and 16 stolen bases. A mainstay at third base for the past three seasons, Allen leads the Big West Conference with 146 defensive assists and owns a .959 fielding percentage. Allen earned All-Big West First Team honors in 2010.
Mihm's the Word
Senior Kristen Mihm earned Big West Player of the Week honors on May 2 after batting a perfect 1.000 in the Matadors' series victory over Cal Poly. In the three games, Mihm finished 8-for-8 at the plate, setting a new career high with three hits in games two and three of the series. That performance has raised her batting average to .252 for the season and a team-leading .447 during Big West Conference play. In CSUN's 18 league games, Mihm has 21 hits, four doubles, nine RBIs, 10 runs, three sac bunts and a .519 on-base percentage. For the year, Mihm has three home runs, seven doubles and 16 RBIs. In addition to her prowess at the plate, Mihm patrols center field for Northridge where she has a .971 fielding percentage and eight defensive assists. She hit her first career grand slam in CSUN's win over Western Michigan.
Run Forrest Run
Senior Jennifer Mosier had three stolen bases in the series against UC Riverside, giving her 37 for her career and tying her for the third-most in school history. For the season, Mosier has 16 steals in 20 chances and her career total represents a new program Division-I record. In her three seasons at Northridge, Mosier has been successful on 88 percent (37-of-42) of stolen base attempts. Mosier tied a school record with three steals in the Matadors' win over Portland State on Feb. 13 and set a then-Division-I record with 18 in 2010. After earning All-Big West First Team honors in 2010, Mosier enters the final weekend of her Matador career with a .221 batting average, two triples, 20 runs and 14 RBIs. She also has a .983 fielding percentage and two defensive assists from the outfield.
A Sixth Lord
Senior Karla Chaparro enters the final weekend of her Northridge career having been the starting shortstop for the past three seasons. This year, she owns a .954 fielding percentage with 109 defensive assists, which ranks fourth in the Big West Conference. At the plate, Chaparro is batting .204 for the season, but an even .300 during Big West play with 12 hits, seven runs and her first career triple. Entering the final weekend of her playing career, Chaparro owns 52 runs, 96 hits, 12 doubles, 37 RBIs, 24 sac bunts and 18 stolen bases in a CSUN uniform.
Thielges Do Us Part
Sophomore Mikayla Thielges enjoyed her time against UC Riverside, batting .727 with six RBIs in the series. She had a career-high four hits in the Matadors' 7-1 victory and hit her team-leading 12th home run of the season during the weekend and is now tied for fifth in school history. Thielges also leads the team and Big West Conference with 45 RBIs, a figure that is tied for sixth in school history. For the season, Thielges is batting .336 with 20 runs, a .697 slugging percentage and a .481 on-base percentage. Since the start of Big West play, Thielges is batting .438 with 21 hits, eight runs, four doubles, three home runs, 15 RBIs and a team-high .569 on-base percentage.
Junior Jaci Carlsen stole six bases during the Matadors' series with UC Riverside, giving her a team and league-leading 19 for the season. That figure establishes a new program Division-I record and gives her 29 for her career, tied for the eighth-most in school history. In Northridge's 7-1 victory over UCR, Carlsen tied a school record with three stolen bases. For the year, Carlsen leads CSUN with a .343 batting average, 31 runs, 49 hits, 11 doubles and 89 total bases. She also sports a .622 slugging percentage, nine home runs, 25 RBIs and a .431 on-base percentage for the year and was named Big West Player of the Week on Mar. 28.
Time for Madeline
Freshman Madeline Sale enters the final weekend of her rookie season with a .302 batting average, 42 hits, including eight doubles, and 21 RBIs. In the series against UC Riverside, Sale had her fourth three-hit game of the season and added two doubles and three RBIs. Since the start of Big West play, Sale has batted .321 with five doubles, 12 RBIs and a .377 on-base percentage. The team's regular first baseman throughout the year, Sale sports a . 979 fielding percentage with 260 put-outs, the fifth-most in the Big West Conference.
Carly's Wade With Words
Freshman Carly Wade won both of CSUN's victories over UC Riverside on May 7, scattering just seven hits in nine innings of work. In the first game, her 3.0 innings of one-hit softball in relief helped key a Matador rally and in the second game, she tossed 6.0 innings and allowed just one run in a starting performance. For the season, Wade is 6-15 with a 5.28 ERA, but in Big West play her numbers improve to 3-3 with a 3.26 ERA.
It Certainly Ain't Hannah Montana
Junior Hannah Fraijo enters the final weekend of the season with a 12-11 record, giving her a career record of 37-23 in two-plus seasons at Northridge. The 12 wins are tied for the sixth-most by a pitcher in the Big West and she also owns a 4.88 ERA in a team-high 142 innings of work. In league play, Fraijo is 4-5 with a 3.86 ERA.
Sophomore Mia Pagano picked up her first save of the season and third of her career in the Matadors' comeback victory over Cal Poly on May 1. Since the start of league play, Pagano has been a steady presence for the Matadors in the circle. She tossed the first complete game of her career in helping lead the Matadors to a 5-3 victory over Pacific on April 16. In 10 appearances against Big West foes, she is 1-2 with a .237 opponent batting average and a 2.95 ERA in 38.0 innings of work.