April 10, 2011
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
After losing the first two games of the weekend, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (16-16) were able to dig deep on the mound and converted key opportunities at the plate and on defense to defeat the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (22-8) 2-1 at Hardt Field on Sunday afternoon.
Matador starting pitcher Joshua Goossen-Brown (4-0) pitched 8.1 innings and allowed one run while scattering eight hits and striking out four.
The Matadors wasted no time in jumping out to a lead as senior outfielder Ridge Carpenter led off the game with a solo homerun to right field with a 2-1 count, his second of the season. The offensive game for both teams hit a stand-still for the next few innings, as the following 12 batters were set down in order.
Freshman Matthew Telesco broke the dry spell with a leadoff single in the top of the third for the Matadors and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by TS Reed. With two outs in the inning, Adam Barry extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI single to right center to give Northridge a 2-0 lead.
The eighth batter of the game for CSU Bakersfield, Stuart Smith, tripled down the first base line into the right field corner with one out for the first Roadrunner hit off of Goossen-Brown with one out in the bottom of the third. Goossen-Brown struckout the next hitter looking and induced a fly ball to end the inning without allowing a run.
The defensive display for the Matadors began in the bottom of the fourth inning after the Roadrunners hit a one-out double. With two outs in the inning, Oscar Sanay singled to centerfielder Andrew Muren, who came up throwing to home plate. The throw was right on target to catcher Marty Bowen, who applied the tag on the runner trying to score to end the inning.
Bakersfield threatened again in the fifth inning as the first hitter reached on an error. With one out, Northridge was able to turn the inning-ending double play.
The first run of the game for the Roadrunners came around in the seventh inning to cut the Northridge lead to 2-1. The leadoff hitter doubled down the left field line and the next hitter singled up the middle to score the run on an 0-2 count. After a wild pitch, Goossen-Brown was able to settle down on the mound and get the batter to ground out for the first out of the seventh.
With a runner on third, Goossen-Brown struckout the next hitter and got a flyout to end the inning and escape with the advantage.
The drama came to a head in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Matadors still ahead by one run. The leadoff man for the Roadrunners singled up the middle but was unable to advance to second as he was thrown out by Tommy Simis on an attempted sacrifice bunt. Following another single to centerfield, head coach Matt Curtis chose to bring in senior Paul Tremlin to close out the game.
On a 2-0 count, the batter smacked a single to rightfielder Nate Ring, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth. Ring charged the grounder and fired a strike to Bowen at the plate in time to catch the runner trying to score the tying run from second.
With a runner on first and third, Tremlin walked the bases loaded after a few close pitches were just wide of the strike zone. He then got the final hitter of the game to fly out to Muren in center to earn his second save of the year.
Muren finished the game 3-for-4, Telesco went 1-for-3 with a run scored and the Matadors were able to end their brief two-game skid.
Northridge will return to action on Tuesday, April 12 against UC Santa Barbara at 3 p.m. at Matador Field. Although both teams are members of the Big West Conference, Tuesday's contest will not count toward conference standings.