NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team (24-29, 10-11 Big West) defeated UC Riverside 12-3 in five innings Sunday in the series finale at Matador Diamond. Sophomore Adrienne Martinezhit two home runs, tying the school record, and drove in six RBIs, one shy of the school mark, as the Matadors posted an impressive win on senior day.
With the wind blowing out on an overcast day, the Matadors celebrated Senior Day for their class of six with four home runs, one shy of tying the school record. The three-game sweep over the Highlanders represented CSUN's first Big West sweep since the 2010 season.
Martinez, who made her first career start in yesterday's doubleheader, went 2-for-3 with two deep home runs to right field. She became the 27th player in program history to hit two home runs in a game.
"As a team we played well all weekend and wanted to have a great series for our seniors," Martinez said. "I was not sure if the first was home run was going to clear the fence, but it felt good coming off my bat. On the second shot, felt a lot better and I knew I got all of it."
Senior Mikayla Thielges mashed her team-leading eighth home run of the season. The two-run shot pushed her career RBI total to 101 as she became just the fifth Matador in school history to surpass the century mark.
Fellow senior Korinne Randazzo hit the Matadors' first home run of the day, a solo shot in the top of the second.
Northridge jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run double by Jennifer Tyler. After Randazzo's home run in the second, Tiffini Lucero and Crystal Maas delivered back-to-back doubles to increase CSUN's lead to 4-0.
After the Highlanders got a run back in the top of the third, Martinez delivered her first three-run shot to right center.
Another UCR run in the fourth was answered by two home runs in the Matadors' half of the inning. Thielges cranked a two-run shot to right center and Martinez deposited her second of the day to right as well.
In the circle, senior Shelly Tait (12-11) tossed 4.0 innings with six hits and one earned run to pick up her second win of the weekend. Both Alexa Limon and Mia Pagano also saw time in the circle as well in their game at Matador Diamond.
For CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers, the sweep was her first as the Matadors skipper and now gives the team 14 more wins that it had last season.
"We played well the entire weekend. We hit the ball well and although we had a couple of defensive miscues, I think we are getting better in that aspect of the game too," Flowers said. "Today was all about the seniors and everyone came in knowing that it was extra special."
The Matadors close out the 2013 season with a three-game road series at Cal State Fullerton. The Matadors will play a doubleheader on Friday, May 10 starting at 4 p.m., followed by a single game at noon on Saturday, May 11.