May 2, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge (19-23, 5-11) had two serious threats in what amounted to a 4-1 loss to UC Irvine (29-11, 7-6), loading the bases twice Friday against All-American Scott Gorgen. Northridge failed to capitalize, and just a Justin DeMarco home run dented the scoreboard in the Matador defeat.
Davin Tate made the start for Northridge, which had a bent on upsetting the touted Anteaters. Tate did an excellent job, working out of a jam in the first by stranding two men that reached as hit batsmen. The 'Eaters got on the board in the second with a Francis Larson single that was followed by an Eric Deragisch triple. In the fourth, it was a Tony Asaro solo home run that extended the UCI advantage.
Tate left the game with his team trailing 2-0 after six innings of solid work.
Gorgen, meanwhile, picked up where he left off in 2007 against the Matadors. Last season, Gorgen worked a complete game shutout while striking out eight and scattering four hits.
This day, Gorgen made it through seven unscathed before DeMarco's solo shot over the left-center field wall.
He did have to wriggle out of a jam in the fifth. Northridge loaded the bases with two down and one of their offensive leaders, John Parham at the plate. A walk and single opened the inning, and another walk put three men on. With Parham at the plate, however, 'Eater catcher Aaron Lowenstein caught TS Reed straying off of first base and threw behind him. First baseman Ryan Fisher applied the tag in time to end the Northridge threat.
In the ninth, Gorgen got the first man he faced before being lifted in favor of closer Eric Pettis. Pettis promptly walked Dominic D'Anna and them after a line out be Drew Muren, loaded the bases on a walk and a single. With Billy Swanson due to hit, head coach Steve Rousey went to the bench for Matt Warr. Warr worked the count to 2-2 before striking out.
The loss ran Tate's record to 2-3 and the Matadors dropped to 19-23 with a 5-11 conference mark.
Northridge picks up their Big West weekend set with UCI tomorrow in an afternoon game at 1 p.m. Phil Hann will take the ball for the Matadors, who will be opposed by Bryce Stowell of the Anteaters.