April 15, 2012

Matadors Fall Twice to Cal Poly in Sunday Doubleheader

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge softball team (8-31, 3-6 Big West) lost twice to Cal Poly Sunday afternoon in a Big West Conference doubleheader at Bob Janssen Field. The Matadors fell 4-1 in the first game and then lost 3-1 in game two.

In game one, Cal Poly scored the first run of the game on an infield single in the bottom of the second. However, the run came in after a Matador error so it was unearned.

After CSUN left a runner at third in its half of the fourth, Cal Poly added a run on a solo shot to start its half of the fourth. The Mustangs then added a two-run triple to chase Pagano from the circle. Brianna Elder replaced her and snuffed out any more Mustang runs, but the damage was done and Cal Poly ended the fourth with 4-0 lead.

Pagano later re-entered the game and picked up her fifth RBI of the weekend with a two-out single in the top of the sixth.

Pagano (7-13) allowed five hits, three earned runs and one walk in taking the loss for the Matadors. Elder tossed 2.0 innings and allowed two hits with one strikeout. Alexa Limon tossed the final inning for CSUN.

Chloe Wurst (3-12) scattered six hits with two strikeouts to earn the win for Cal Poly.

In the second game, CSUN continued to get burned by errors. A miscue in the first with two outs extended the inning and allowed Cal Poly to score the game's first run. The Mustangs added another run, a solo home run, in their half of the fourth.

In the top of the fifth, the Matadors scratched out a run. Abby Linn and Madeline Sale strung together consecutive singles and Leann Lopez reached on an error with two outs. Linn then came around to score on a wild pitch to draw CSUN within 2-1.

However, Cal Poly got the run back in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out RBI single. That would end the scoring for the game and Northridge's rally in the seventh never materialized.

Shelly Tait took the loss in game two for CSUN. Jordan Yates earned the win for Cal Poly.

Northridge returns to action Wednesday, April 18 with a non-conference contest at No. 16 UCLA. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.

Following the game with the Bruins, CSUN returns home to begin a six-game homestand. On April 21-22, the Matadors face Long Beach State. On April 28-29, Northridge hosts Cal State Fullerton. All six games will be played at Matador Diamond and all four days are slated to being at noon. 

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