March 4, 2011
BEAUMONT, Texas -
The Cal State Northridge Matadors (5-5) got off to a rocky start and were unable to recover against the Lamar University Cardinals (7-5) on Day 2 of the YMBL Cardinal Classic in Beaumont, Texas.
The Matadors were set down in order in the first inning and had trouble in the bottom half of the first keeping runs off of the scoreboard as the Cardinals, who are hosting the Classic this weekend, scored three times. The first two batters of the game walked and the third reached on a bunt single to load the bases with nobody out.
Starting pitcher Vincent Roberts (0-3) struck out the clean-up hitter and looked like he was going to get out of the inning with minimal damage as he got the next batter to ground out to second, scoring one run.
Unfortunately for Northridge, a stolen base and a two-out single scored in two more runs in the first inning, and things did not get any easier from there.
The Matadors surrendered two more runs in the third inning before putting up a run of their own in the top of the fifth. Senior TS Reed hit a double down the left field line and into the corner to move Kyle Attl up to third base. Ridge Carpenter walked, as did centerfielder Andrew Muren to force in the run.
Lamar was able to get the run back in the bottom of the sixth and extended the lead to 6-1. A five-run seventh for the Cardinals broke the game open, as Lamar led by 10 going into the final innings.
Down 14-1 in the top of the ninth, the Matadors loaded the bases but were unable to scratch across a run. Christian Allen walked for the second time in the game and was safe on a fielder's choice at second as the shortstop mishandled the throw with one out. Reed was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but the final two hitters were unable to produce runs and the game was over.
Head coach Matt Curtis was ejected from the game in the bottom of the seventh inning after arguing with home plate umpire Jason Millsap.
Cal State Northridge will continue the road trip when they take on the San Francisco Dons tomorrow night at Vincent-Beck Stadium for Day 3 of the YMBL Cardinal Classic. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT.