Matadors Power Past Hawai'i 11-6 in Series Opener


The Cal State Northridge softball team (30-22, 7-9) defeated Hawai'i 11-6 Friday evening in the first game of a three-game Big West Conference series at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. The Matadors pounded 12 hits in the victory, their first over Hawai'i since 2001, as they reached the 30-win plateau for the first time since 2010 and the fourth time since 2000.

On a muggy, steamy evening in Honolulu, CSUN came out firing on all cylinders. Maylynn Mitchell set a new season high and matched a career best with three hits. Ariana Wassmer and Carissa Sherman each tied a career high with two hits.

Taylor Glover continued her stellar season, picking up three RBIs in the victory. She now has 48 on the season, the third-most in program history for a single season. Kaitlin Toerner and Sherman each had a stolen base in the win, giving CSUN 67 on the year.

In the circle, Brianna Elder (21-10) tossed 4.2 innings and allowed four hits and four runs. She also had three strikeouts in the win.

The Matadors struck early Friday. Madalyne Handy singled with one out and with two outs, Katie Hooper drew a walk. That brought up Wassmer, who dropped in a double behind third base to score Handy. Madison Flemingt hen blasted a single up the middle to score Hooper and Wassmer. Finally, Mitchell roped a base hit into right-center that was misplayed and allowed Fleming to score all the way from first.

CSUN continued to hit the ball well in the second. Toerner led off the frame with a bunt single and Sherman added an infield single. The two executed a double steal and Toerner scored on an RBI Handy. Sherman came into score on a sac fly from Taylor Glover, her 46thRBI of the season.

The Matadors added three more runs in the top of the third. With the bases loaded and two outs, Sherman dribbled an RBI single to first and Taylor Natedrew a pinch-hit, bases-loaded walk. The inning continued when Glover was hit by a pitch to bring in another run, her second RBI of the game and 47th of the season.

CSUN added two more runs in the top of the fifth. Crystal Maas delivered a pinch-hit RBI single and Glover picked up her second sac fly of the contest.

Hawai'i fought back and scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to avoid a run-rule loss. The Rainbow Wahine chased Elder from the circle and Daphne Pofek finished out the game in the circle for CSUN. She allowed four hits and two runs with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work.

The Matadors and Rainbow Wahine are slated for a doubleheader on Saturday, May 3. The first game will start at 2 p.m. (HT) // 5 p.m. (PT) and both games are available on Big West TV.

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