April 1, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge Matadors (13-14) continued their winning ways against the UNLV Rebels (13-15) Wednesday afternoon as they extended their winning streak to four games with a 9-4 victory.
Matador starting pitcher Paul Tremlin picked up the win (3-1) as he was one of eight pitchers to take the mound for Northridge today to secure the thirteenth victory of the season for CSUN.
The Matadors will now travel to San Luis Obispo to face the Cal Poly Mustangs in the second weekend of Big West Conference action in a three-game series that begins Friday evening at 6:00 p.m.
Similar to yesterday's game, the Matadors took an early lead as they scored two runs in the second inning to take an early lead.
Dominic D'Anna led off the second inning with a walk before advancing to second on a Todd Eskelin single to left field. Once Ryan Pineda reached base on a Rebel throwing error, Tommy Simis drove in the first run of the game on a sacrifice ground ball to the second baseman.
The damage would have been limited to one run, but when Rebel catcher Chad Claus let a fastball pass right through his legs, Eskelin made a break towards home plate and easily scored before Claus made his way to the backstop to retrieve the errant ball.
UNLV responded the very next inning with two runs of their own to even the score at 2-2 before the Matadors scored another two runs to regain their original two-run advantage.
Parham was the first Matador in the third to reach base after being hit-by-a-pitch, and motored all the way around the diamond to score once D'Anna hit a line drive that sailed over Rebel centerfielder J.J. Sferra's head; a hard-hit shot that eventually came to a rest at the wall before being handled by Sferra.
Eskelin followed D'Anna's double with one of his own, the third consecutive game with a multi-base hit, to score the second run of the inning and extend the lead to a 4-2 margin.
UNLV yet again responded by scoring another run of their own in their very next at bat, only to see heir newly-created momentum dissipate once Northridge scored another two runs for the third straight inning to bring the score to 6-3.
After each team scored one run in the sixth inning, D'Anna all but brought the game to an end in the bottom of the eighth with a two-run home run that sailed over the fence in right-field, almost hitting the scoreboard in the process to extend CSUN's lead to the final score of 9-4.
Northridge will now have Thursday off to travel to Cal Poly and prepare for another important series against an in-conference foe.
Friday's game will start at 6:00 p.m. with RHP Ryan Juarez (4-2, 5.50) facing Mustang RHP DJ Mauldin (3-2, 2.89).
Fans can follow all the action live on GameTracker at www.GoMatadors.com.
UNLV 002 101 000 - 4 9 2
Matadors 022 201 02x - 9 7 1
Win - Tremlin (3-1) Loss - Conroy (2-1)
T - 2:48 A - 216