Matadors Erupt Again in 16-5 Win Over LaSalle

March 3, 2008

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- The Northridge bats carried the day again for the Matadors (4-2, 0-0), who wiped out the LaSalle Explorers (0-6) 16-5 Sunday in baseball action at Matador Field. Northridge has now won three straight and is coming off its best back-to-back offensive performance in more than five seasons.

All nine starters registered hits for the Matadors, who scored 15 runs in back-to-back games for the first time since 2001. After failing to score more than 12 runs in any one game in 2007, Northridge has now notched 15 or more three times in 2008.

Again, it was Richard Cates who spearheaded the Matador attack. Cates was 3-for-6 on the afternoon and led three other Matadors with multiple hits. Matt Warr clubbed a homer and brought home three as part of his 2-for-3 day, TS Reed accumulated five RBI in his second straight multi-hit day, and sophomore Billy Swanson made the most of his start in left field, going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks for his first career multi-hit game. Northridge put 24 runners on and stranded just eight of them.

Cates' day was the continuation of an excellent start for the junior. His three hits actually lowered his team-leading .522 batting average, and he also leads the team with ten RBI and four doubles. Cates isn't alone in his performance; John Parham, Warr, Reed, and Jowen-James Murray-Thornton each feature batting averages above the .400 mark.

Davin Tate did an excellent job of keeping it small in his second start of the year on the hill for the Matadors. Tate allowed one run in each of the three innings, including a pair of solo home runs, but the big sophomore held the Explorers scoreless in his final two frames. Tate's five inning effort netted him his first win of the year.

P.J. Rousey and Eric Billings each tossed a frame of scoreless ball in middle relief before handing off to Taylor Austin, who was victimized for a pair of scores. Bryce Schoening managed a scoreless ninth to close the book on the Explorers.

The Matadors will take a day off before they finish their four-game series with LaSalle, who travels to UC Riverside Monday to take on the Highlanders. First pitch Tuesday is slated for 2 p.m. at Matador Field.

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