February 9, 2013

Matadors Fall to No. 14 Florida and No. 3 California at Kajikawa Classic

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge softball team (0-4) lost 7-2 to No. 3 California Saturday afternoon in its second game of the day at the Kajikawa Classic. Korinne Randazzo collected a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth for CSUN, who fell behind early against the third-ranked Golden Bears.

Randazzo's single came as a result of a dogged two-out rally by the Matadors. Trailing 6-0, Sydney House drew a walk and Maylynn Mitchell added a single. After Leann Lopez came in to run for House, Crystal Maas was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Randazzo, who is batting .308 with three RBIs through four games.

Randazzo and Maas also successfully executed a double steal in the inning before recording the third out.

Jennifer Tyler (0-2) started the game for the Matadors and gave up two runs in two innings of work. Mia Pagano, who went 2-for-4 at the plate, went 4.2 innings and allowed four runs.

Earlier Saturday, CSUN lost 7-0 to No. 14 Florida Saturday afternoon as part of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Matadors mustered four hits and drew five walks off the Gator pitchers, but could not stem a Florida offense that scored six times in the first two innings to pull away in the contest.

Playing in their second-straight contest against one of the nation's most formidable offenses, CSUN starter Mia Pagano gave up four runs in the first in what would be her only inning of work.

Sophomore Brianna Elder tossed the next four innings for the Matadors, surrendering eight hits and three runs. Finally, Crystal Maas tossed a quiet sixth inning in which she struck out a batter. Both Elder and Maas made their season debuts in the circle against the Gators.

On offense, four different Matadors recorded singles and five different players drew walks. However, Northridge was not able to push one across the plate and left 11 runners on base.

The Matadors close out their time in Arizona with a game Sunday morning against Western Michigan.

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