NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Nathan Ring singled to left center to score Ryan Raslowsky and give the Cal State Northridge Matadors (22-24, 9-9 Big West) a 5-4 win over the visiting UC Irvine Anteaters (28-20, 12-9 Big West) on Mother's Day at Matador Field. The win gave Northridge its first series win over the Anteaters since the 2004 season and propelled the Matadors into fifth place in the Big West standings with six conference games to play.
The Matadors won their sixth game of the season when scoring in their final at bat and did so after falling behind 4-0 early.
The Anteaters put up a run in the first inning on Jordan Fox's RBI single that scored Tommy Reyes with one out. UC Irvine added three more in the second inning off of Northridge pitcher Harley Holt, who started his second game of the year. With two outs, D.J. Crumlich hit and RBI single through the left side of the infield and Reyes doubled to right to bring home two runners.
Holt and the Matadors' pitching staff rebounded from that point on, not allowing a hit to the Anteaters until the top of the ninth inning.
Northridge started its game-long rally in the bottom of the third inning and cut the deficit to 4-2. Kyle Attl opened the frame by walking with the count full and Michael Livingston singled down the left field line. After a sacrifice bunt by Raslowsky, Cal Vogelsang singled up the middle to plate both runs.
The Matadors tied the game in the bottom half of the fifth after Vogelsang singled with one out. Adam Barry also singled before Steven Keller brought home Vogelsang with a hit to left center field. Ring then recorded his first RBI of the day with a sacrifice fly that scored Barry from third.
UC Irvine showed some signs of offense again in the top of the eighth as Fox hit a deep fly ball to right field on the first pitch of the inning. Chester Pak ran back to the right field fence and leapt up to rob Fox of what could have been the go-ahead home run.
In the top of the ninth, Anteater catcher Jerry McClanahan singled through the left side off of Northridge reliever Vincent Roberts, who had not allowed a baserunner in three innings to that point. With one out, Louis Cohen replaced Roberts and got a pair of groundouts to end the inning.
Northridge completed the comeback in the bottom of the ninth following a Raslowsky single to start things off. After Vogelsang laid down a sacrifice bunt, the Anteaters intentionally walked Barry to face Keller.
Keller grounded out softly to the left side but did his job by advancing the runners to second and third with two outs. On a 2-2 pitch, Ring singled to left center to score Raslowsky as the Matador dugout emptied and the players mobbed Ring between first and second.
Cohen (7-2) picked up the win for Northridge after 0.2 innings pitched while UC Irvine closer Race Parmenter (1-2) suffered the loss. After allowing eight hits through two innings, Holt issued just a pair of walks from then on and went 5.0 innings with three strikeouts for the Matadors.
Vogelsang went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and Ring was 1-for-4 with two runs batted in as well. Barry had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 and also drawing two walks.
The Matadors will stay home to open their final home series of the 2012 season next weekend against the UC Davis Aggies. The first pitch of the series is scheduled for Friday, May 18 at 3 p.m.