Junior Kia Fennell threw a complete-game shutout with five strikeouts, while the Matador offense drew seven walks and had five hits as CSUN defeated Oklahoma State 5-0 in Friday's first game at the Worth Invitational in Fullerton. In the day's second contest, 10th-ranked Stanford had a four-run second and never trailed in a 7-3 victory.
The Matadors (11-4) scored three in the first on six walks, two fielder's choices and two Oklahoma State (12-9) errors. Freshman Laura Hovestreydt and sophomore Jen Dishner had back-to-back walks to start off the game. Sophomore Emilee Moores followed with a high pop-up to center field, but the ball landed untouched and Hovestreydt was forced out at third. With senior Christen Bedwell at the plate, Dishner was caught leaning off of second, but catcher Courtney Totte's throw to second tipped of the glove of shortstop Stephanie Nicholson, allowing Dishner to score and moving Moores to second. Bedwell then walked to put runners at second and first. Senior Sondra Milchiker then hit a groundball to shortstop, but Nicholson's throw to third was low, allowing Moores to score to make it 2-0. The Matadors would score their third run two batters later when sophomore Jan Moshier drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Milchiker.
The Cowgirls' best chance came in the bottom of the fifth when they had the bases loaded with one out. Nicholson flied out to right for the second out and Milchiker threw a perfect strike to Moshier at home, who tagged out Erika Ennis to keep the Matador lead at 3-0.
In the sixth, Milchiker led off by reaching on an error, and one out later, Fennell and Moshier had consecutive singles to load the bases. Sophomore Jade Abel then came up to pinch hit and drew a walk to score Milchiker and make it 4-0. One out later, and with the bases still loaded, Dishner singled to right to score Moshier to make it 5-0. But right fielder Crystal Lee gunned down pinch-runner Christy Menefee at home on the same play to end the inning.
In the second game, the Cardinal (15-5) jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a quartet of runs in the top of the second. Jackie Rinehart doubled in Lindsay Key and Jacki Hansen scored on an RBI single by Katherine Hoffman to make it 2-0. Catalina Morris followed with an RBI groundout to score Rinehart and Lauren Lappin plated Hoffman on an RBI single for a 4-0 Stanford lead.
The Matadors (11-5) would cut the lead in half with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. With one out, senior Shannon Acevedo singled to left and Hovestreydt bounced a single to third. Dishner followed with a single to left to load the bases. One out later, Bedwell brought in Acevedo on a single to shortstop to make it 4-1. Milchiker then drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Hovestreydt to make it 4-2.
Stanford put the game out of reach in the top of the fourth with three runs. With one out, Rinehart and Hoffman singled and Morris was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Lappin followed with a single to left to score Rinehart and Hoffman, making it 6-2. Stanford would make it 7-2 when Morris scored on a fielder's choice.
CSUN would get a run back in the bottom of the fifth to make it 7-3. With two outs, Milchiker reached on an error by first baseman Rinehart. After stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch, Milchiker came home on a double by senior Monique Lovell.
Freshman Erin Sigala started in the circle and allowed all seven runs in 3 1/3 innings with four strikeouts. Junior Jenny Wheeler pitched the final 3 2/3 innings and struck out four.
The Matadors continue with action at the Worth Invitational on Saturday with two more games. CSUN will take on fourth-ranked California at approximately Noon, followed by a 6 p.m. matchup with Michigan State. The game against Cal will have Live Stats, which can be accessed on the softball page of www.GoMatadors.com.