May 29, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge baseball team (23-33, 6-18 Big West) lost 11-6 to No. 9 Cal State Fullerton Sunday in the finale of a Big West Conference series at Matador Field. In their season finale, the Matadors honored their six seniors in a pre-game ceremony but came up short against the Titans.
After both teams went quietly in the opening three innings, the two teams combined for 17 runs and 25 hits in the three-hour Sunday matinee. Tommy Simis had two hits, two runs and two RBIs Sunday while also collecting his first triple of the season.
Marty Bowen also had two hits for the Matadors and Matthew Moreno had a two RBIs and his first double of the season. In the final home game of his Matador career, Ridge Carpenter blasted his fourth home run of the season for CSUN.
Fullerton opened the scoring with a run in both the fourth and fifth inning. CSUN answered with a pair of runs in the fifth to tie the game. Bowen doubled to left and Simis tripled to right to start the frame. Simis would come around to score on an RBI groundout by Moreno.
The Titans grabbed four runs in the sixth, the result of two-out rally that chased Matador starter Paul Tremlin from the game.
However, Northridge answered with three in their half of the sixth to draw within one run. Adam Barry started the inning with a walk and then stole second, his eighth steal of the season. Drew Muren walked and Steven Keller was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs.
Following a strikeout, Simis knocked in a run with a fielder's choice and a balk during the next at-bat brough home Muren. Moreno then doubled home Simis to draw the Matadors within one.
However, the Titans responded with five runs in the final three innings to earn their 40th win of the season. Northridge got the Carpenter home run in the ninth with one out, but could not rally off the towering blast.
Tremlin took the loss for CSUN, going 5.2 innings with nine hits, five earned runs and three strikeouts. Christian Coronado earned the win for Cal State Fullerton.
Before the game, the Matadors honored its six seniors: Carpenter, Justin De Marco, Ryan Juarez, TS Reed, Tremlin and Shawn Wilyman. Carpenter and Reed finished their Northridge career ranked among the school's all-time leaders in stolen bases, while Reed and De Marco share the school record for sacrifice hits.
The Matadors end the season 23-33 overall and 6-18 in the Big West Conference.