NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (3-7) defeated Santa Clara 5-0 Saturday morning at the Stanford Nike Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., at Smith Family Field. Mikayla Thielges hit a three-run home run, her second of the season, and Crystal Maastossed her first complete game shutout as the Matadors won for the second time in the tournament.
A sophomore from Carson, Calif., Maas (1-0) put together a dominating performance in the circle for the Matadors Saturday. She scattered four hits and three walks and posted a career-high seven strikeouts.
She worked her way out of a big jam in the first inning, wriggling off the hook in a bases loaded, one-out situation. Maas then promptly struck out the side in the second and retired six of the last seven Broncos to secure the shutout.
At the plate, Thielges continued her hot start with a two-out, three-run blast in the bottom of the third. Ariana Wassmer started the frame with a double and then Leann Lopez drew an important two-out, pinch-hit walk to bring Thielges to plate.
Thielges now has 21 home runs in her career and also drew two walks.
CSUN tacked on an additional run in the third after Thielges' home run. Jennifer Tyler delivered a pinch hit single and Maas helped her own cause with a double to left field to plate the sophomore.
The fifth Northridge run came in the bottom of the sixth. Tanna Bindireached on an infield single and Korinne Randazzo came into pinch run for her. Maylynn Mitchell reached on an error and she and Randazzo moved into scoring position on a wild pitch.
Wassmer then brought Randazzo home with a sac fly to conclude the game's scoring.
Game Two Recap
In its second game of the day, the Matadors (3-8) lost 8-0 to the host No. 20 Stanford Cardinal. Stanford scored three times in the first and added five runs in the bottom of the fifth to post its second mercy rule victory over CSUN in as many days.
Mia Pagano (1-3) tossed the entire game and surrendered four earned runs and six hits in her outing. Three Northridge errors made half of Stanford's run total unearned.
At the plate, Mikayla Thielges was the only Matador to solve the Stanford pitcher. Her single came in the first inning and was the only Matador hit.
CSUN returns to action Sunday morning with a 10 a.m. contest against CSU Bakersfield.