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Matadors Dig the Long Ball in 9-3 Win Over UC Riverside
 
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Matadors Dig the Long Ball in 9-3 Win Over UC Riverside
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Senior Kia Fennell allowed no earned runs in seven innings in her final home collegiate game, while junior Jan Moshier hit two homers and junior Heather Martin added a grand slam as Northridge defeated UC Riverside 9-3 on Sunday at Matador Diamond to win the weekend series.

The Matadors improve to 16-20 overall and 5-13 in Big West play with the win, while the Highlanders fall to 15-40 and 3-15 in league action.

Riverside got off to a 3-0 lead on one swing of the bat in the top of the first. With April Murray on second after reaching on a leadoff error and Jamie Yee at first following a walk, Eliizabeth Buck hit a three-run homer to stake the Highlanders to a lead.

The Matadors would chip away with a run in the third and took the lead for good with a six-run fourth. In the third, Martin, Moshier and junior Emilee Moores had consecutive two-out singles to make it 3-1.

In the fourth, junior Jenny Cochran drew a one-out walk, freshman Jackie Duree followed with an infield single and junior Jamie Pederson walked to load the bases. After UCR got sophomore Darcy Hillstrom to ground into a fielder's choice to cut down Cochran at the plate, Martin crushed her first home run as a Matador over the left-center field wall to make it 5-3. Moshier followed Martin with a home run of her own to the same spot to make it 6-3. That would be the end of the day for UCR starter Danira Iolamo, but it wouldn't be the end of the scoring in the inning. Moores doubled off reliever Christin Songer and Fennell singled her in to make it 7-3.

Moshier would put the icing on the cake, hitting her ninth homer of the season, third of the weekend and second of the game with Martin aboard to make it 9-3.

After an emotional, pre-game senior day tribute and a shaky first inning, Fennell took command of the game from the circle, allowing only three hits and two walks with three strikeouts, fittingly making the final putout in her final home contest.

The Matadors saw the 1-2-3 hitters, Martin, Moshier and Moores, go 8-for-11 at the plate with six runs scored and eight runs batted in. Five other players also had hits for Northridge, which posted a season-high 13 hits.

Kristie Martinez went 2-for-2 for the Highlanders. Iolamo went 3 2/3 and gave up six runs, seven hits and three walks with one strikeout. Songer pitched the final 2 1/3, giving up three runs, six hits and one walk with one strikeout.

The Matadors finish up their 2005 campaign with a three-game series at Cal State Fullerton beginning this Friday. Friday's doubleheader starts at 4 p.m., while Saturday's single game begins at 1 p.m. at the Titan Softball Complex. All three games will be broadcast on www.GoMatadors.com.