April 29, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge (18-22) one a close one Tuesday, finishing off the UNLV Rebels (19-24) in a 2-1 victory at Matador Field. The two runs were the fewest the Matadors have needed to win a game in 2008.
The Matadors and Rebels, who came into the contest averaging 6.23 and 7.02 runs per game, respectively, combined for just three runs. That mark ties the Matadors' lowest combined score of the year (3-0 loss at UC Riverside, 4/25) and lowers the bar for UNLV (previous low: five, three times).
After Billy Ott nailed down the first of five consecutive scoreless innings, Northridge had a scoring threat right away. TS Reed smashed a stand-up double into the left field corner but, after a failed sac bunt attempt, was gunned down at the plate while trying to score on a Richard Cates single.
Dominic D'Anna grounded out to end the threat.
Northridge finally got on the board in the third. Reed got on board to open another frame, this time with a single back through the box. He moved to second on a wild pitch and came around on a Cates RBI double.
In the sixth and in the midst of a run of 11-straight opponents retired, Ott was relieved of duty by Eric Billings. Billings had no trouble in the sixth and in the seventh, an unearned run victimized the Matadors. Xavier Scruggs reached on a leadoff walk and eventually scored on a throwing error by third baseman Ryan Pineda, knotting the score at one.
Edwin Quirarte slammed the door in the ninth for his fifth save.
The matadors are back in action tomorrow for the second-half of their midweek set with UNLV. Game time is set for 3 p.m. from Matador Field.