April 5, 2011
LAS VEGAS -
On the final day of a season-high five-game road trip, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (15-14) saw hitting from nearly every spot in the batting order and dominant pitching throughout as they defeated the UNLV Rebels (19-11) by a score of 9-3 at Earl E. Wilson Stadium to finish off the season sweep.
The Matadors jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning as senior Ridge Carpenter led off the game with a triple to right center field. Justin De Marco, hitting second for the first time of the season, immediately followed with an RBI single to left field.
The Rebels answered with a leadoff double in the bottom of the first and tied the score at one with a two-out single off of starting pitcher Joshua Goossen-Brown (3-0).
In the top of the second, Northridge regained the lead after Nate Ring singled to right center with one out and stole second and third base on consecutive pitches before being brought in on a groundout by Kyle Attl.
Once again UNLV tied the score, this time at 2-2 following a solo homerun that came on the first pitch of the home half of the second inning.
Northridge countered in the third inning when De Marco led off with his second single of the game, On a failed pickoff attempt and a throwing error by the Rebel pitcher, De Marco advanced to third and catcher Steven Keller grounded out to drive in the run. Three straight singles loaded the bases for the Matadors and with two outs Attl doubled to left center to score all three runs, giving CSUN the lead at 6-2.
The lead was extended to 9-2 the next inning as Carpenter smacked his second triple of the game, this time to straight-away center field. De Marco was hit by a pitch and Keller walked before designated hitter Marty Bowen hit an RBI single. Adam Barry followed with a two-run double down the left field line.
The Matadors scored in each of the first four innings for the third time this season, and the first since the second game of a doubleheader against Lafayette on March 12.
The final run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth as the Rebels scratched across an unearned run to put the final margin at 9-3.
Goossen-Brown pitched 5.0 innings and struckout five hitters in his first start on the mound for Northridge. Senior Ryan Juarez pitched 3.0 innings of relief and struckout six of the nine batters he retired.
Carpenter went 2-for-4 with two triples and two runs scored to become the first Matador with two triples in a game since Darren Dyt accomplished the feat versus Kansas State on April 18, 1998.
De Marco hit 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Attl recorded one hit in five at-bats, driving in four runs.
Bowen hit 3-for-5 with an RBI and Barry went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored as all but two Matador hitters recorded a hit in the game.
The win snaps a four-game losing streak from Northridge. The Matadors return to action with a three-game series against Cal State Bakersfield this weekend. The first game is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Matador Field on Friday, April 8. The final two games will be played on the road on Saturday and Sunday.