DAVIS, Calif. -
Junior first baseman Joshua Goossen-Brown drove in a career-high five runs and freshman Nicolas Osuna added two RBIs on a career-high three hits to lead the Cal State Northridge Matadors (27-18, 12-4 Big West) to a 9-3 win against the UC Davis Aggies (16-27, 3-13 Big West) on Friday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium. The victory for Northridge was its first since 2009 at UC Davis and just the second at the home of the Aggies all-time.
"I'm just coming up in opportunities where there are guys on base. It makes situations a lot simpler for me," said Goossen-Brown, who ranks among the league leaders with 42 RBIs on the season. "I'm just trying to hit something hard and the guys in front of me have been doing a great job of getting on, moving guys over to get in scoring position and I've been able to capitalize the past couple of weeks."
Northridge jumped out to an early lead after putting up a run in the top of the first inning. Michael Livingston drew a walk to start off the game and moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Attl. Following a single by Nathan Ring, Goossen-Brown scored Livingston with a sacrifice fly to center field.
UC Davis responded, however, and took a 2-1 lead after scoring unearned runs in the first and second innings. Following a one-out error in the first, Mike Mazzara scored on an RBI single by Nick Lynch. Tanner Bily picked up an RBI on a sac fly in the second that scored Adam Young after another error in the infield.
The Matadors regained the lead for good by scoring three runs in the top of the third against UC Davis starter Harry Stanwyck. Goossen-Brown hit a two-run double off the fence in left center and Chester Pak blooped an RBI double down the left field line to give CSUN a 4-2 advantage.
Northridge added a run in the fourth as Livingston's two-out double to left center scored Osuna from first.
The Aggies scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to get within two runs at 5-3 but would be no closer the rest of the way. Steven Patterson scored on an RBI groundout by Izaak Silva after drawing a walk to open the inning.
A late string of runs for the Matadors put the game away. Northridge plated a run in the seventh, two in the eighth and one in the ninth to secure the victory.
Goossen-Brown singled home a run for his fourth RBI in the seventh and brought in his fifth with another single in the ninth to cap his day. Osuna hit a two-run single with the infield drawn in in the eighth to put his stamp on the game.
Northridge starting pitcher Jerry Keel (7-1) picked up his fifth win against a conference opponent by going 7.0 innings on the mound. He allowed three runs, one earned, and struck out three. Stanwyck (3-6) allowed six runs on nine hits in 6.0 innings for the loss.
Goossen-Brown led the Matadors offensively by going 3-for-4 with a run scored and five RBIs in the game. He also had a sac fly and stole a base to add to his stat line. Osuna went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs while Attl scored a pair of runs and went 2-for-4. Lynch led UC Davis offensively and had four of their six hits in the game.
"I've been looking for my fastballs to hit and looking to see them up in the zone," said Osuna. "I've been sitting on them and they've been throwing them to me so I've been able to take advantage of it."
Northridge and UC Davis will continue their series with an afternoon game on Saturday, May 4. First pitch at Dobbins Stadium is slated for 1 p.m.