Northridge Falls in Opener at Pacific 7-4

STOCKTON, Calif. -

Three Matadors recorded two hits and scored a run, but Cal State Northridge (23-28, 10-12 Big West) could not overcome an early deficit in a 7-4 loss to the Pacific Tigers (14-40, 4-18 Big West) on Friday night at Klein Family Field. Ryan Raslowsky, Cal Vogelsang and Adam Barry each had a pair of hits in the defeat.

The Matadors took an early lead with a run in the top of the first inning after Raslowsky opened the game with a single up the middle. Vogelsang walked and Steven Keller was hit by a pitch before Miles Williams drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs to score Raslowsky.

Pacific responded in the bottom of the second with four runs to take a lead they would not relinquish. The Tigers hit three straight doubles to start the inning and also got an RBI ground out and single later in the inning.

Northridge got a run back in the third to cut the lead to 4-2 after Vogelsang doubled to left field. Barry hit a single to the shortstop and advanced to second on an errant throw that scored Vogelsang.

The Tigers pushed the score to 5-2 in the bottom of the third following a pair of singles and an error with no outs. Tyger Pederson then grounded into a fielder's choice to score a runner from third with one out.

The Matadors once again cut into the deficit, this time with a run in the top of the fifth. After Barry reached on a fielder's choice, Keller doubled down the left field line to put a pair of runners in scoring position. Nathan Ring then hit a sacrifice fly to score Barry.

Looking for insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Pacific scored twice to push the game a little further out of reach. Pederson hit an RBI double and another run scored on an error with two outs.

Northridge brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, however, but was able to score just one run in the final frame. Tommy Simis had a pinch hit single to lead things off and later scored on a fielder's choice by Vogelsang.

Raslowsky and Barry each went 2-for-5 with a run scored while Vogelsang finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, double and run. Ring and Miles Williams also added RBIs for the Matadors.

Pederson led the way for Pacific by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Allen Riley went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs.

Alex Muren (5-8) nearly pitched a complete game and went 7.2 innings with four strikeouts in the loss. Michael Benson (3-9) pitched 7.0 innings with three strikeouts for the Tigers in the win.

The two teams will continue their three-game series on Saturday, May 26 at Klein Family Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

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