March 7, 2009
LINCOLN, Neb. -
The Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3-1) were not the only thing the Cal State Northridge Matadors (5-7) had to battle in both games of their Saturday doubleheader as they had to fight their way though freezing rain, winds ranging from 15-25 miles per hour, an temperatures that hovered in the low-30's all day long as they were defeated 11-5 and 12-6 in their only doubleheader of the 2009 season.
In the first game, Nebraska scored seven runs in the second inning en route to an early 8-0 advantage over the visiting Matadors.
CSUN would eventully chip away at the 'Husker lead as they scored two runs in both the fourth and fifth inning to keep themselves within striking distance.
TS Reed would eventually drive home D'Anna thanks to a fielder's choice, but Belanger would also score on the play thanks to a throwing error by the 'Husker shortstop.
In the fifth inning Jeff Pruitt's single would be the catalyst for the Matador's second scoring opportunity of the game as Pineda's double down the left field line would drive in Pruitt with the first run of the inning. D'Anna's single to right-field would drive in Pineda and whittle away Nebraska's lead even further.
With their hits, Pineda and D'Anna extended their hit streaks to 11 and eight games respetively; figures that would increase to their current marks of 12 and nine with their performances in the second game played later on that day.
CSUN was able to score one more run, this time in the eighth inning as Billy Swanson would make his way around the diamond thanks to his single through the right side of the infield, a 'Husker wild pitch, and Reed double to left-field for the fifth and final tally of the day for CSUN.
Saturday's game would also mark the season debut for pitchers Taylor Austin and Chris DeBoo, teammates who finished up their day pitching 2.2 and 1.1 innings respectively, giving only three hits combined to close out the first game of the day.
In the back-half of the doubleheader, the Matadors jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, tjhe first advantage for the Matadors in the series.
After John Parham single to left field started the offensive attack for CSUN, Richard Cates reached base on a walk, and advanced to second base thanks to a Pineda single to right field that scored Parham on the play. D'Anna's single to right-field would score Cates,followed by a Chris Hannick single and Westley Wright fielder's choice that would drive in Pineda and cap off the inning for the Matadors.
Nebraska responded with one run of their own in the bottom-half of the inning to chip away at the Matador's lead, only to see it jump back to its original four-run advantage when Billy Swanson's sacrifice fly to right-field drove in teammate Jeff Pruitt who opened the fourth inning with a triple.
That would be the last time that the Matadors led in the game as Nebraska sent twelve batters to the plate and scored eight runs to swap places with Northridge and establish a four-run lead of their own.
In total during that inning, the 'Huskers drew three walks, hit three singles, had one batter hit by a pitch, ad hit two wind-aided home runs that were carried by a strong wind blowing out to right-centerfield to put eight on the scoreboard.
CSUN would score one more run in the fifth, but that would eventually become the last run scored by the men in red as they were defeated 12-6.
The Matadors look to break their three-game skid against Nebraska in the series finale taking place Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. CDT/11:05 a.m. PDT. Do not forget to set you clocks ahead one hour so you do not miss the fourth and final game of CSUN's road trip in Lincoln. Sunday's game will be available through Gametracker (www.GoMatadors.com), televised online thanks to Big West TV (www.bigwest.org) and broadcasted by the Husker Sports Network (www.huskers.com).