April 9, 2009
Northridge, Calif. - Darkness suspended Thursday's Big West Conference baseball game between Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge with the teams tied at 4-4 going to the 13th inning at unlit Matador Diamond.
The game will be completed Friday at 1:30 p.m. with the second game of the series scheduled for 3 p.m.
Cal State Northridge had a golden opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the eleventh, loading the bases on a hit batter, a fielder's choice bunt and an intentional walk after a wild pitch by Kyle Mertins, the third Titan pitcher of the day. But Ryan Pineda bounced into a force out at home and reliever Kevin Rath came in and got Dominic D'Anna to ground into a 1-2-3 double play.
Fullerton was within one out of winning in regulation. Reliever Michael Morrison got the first two outs of the ninth before his wildness allowed CSUN to tie the score. He walked Richard Cates, his throwing error moved him to second and then he wild pitched Cates to third and home as Pineda was drawing a walk. Mertins came on to retire D'Anna to send the game into extra innings.
Mertins survived a two-out triple by Jeff Pruitt in the tenth.
Fullerton took its first lead of the game in the seventh when Gary Brown doubled and came home on Dustin Garneau's sacrifice fly. The Matadors tied it in the bottom half when John Parham walked, went to third on a single by Cates and scored on D'Anna's sacrifice fly.
Northridge took an early lead with two runs in the first inning. TS Reed was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Cates' single. Cates moved up on a single by Pineda and scored when D'Anna grounded into a force play.
Fullerton scored in the third when Joe Scott walked, was sacrificed to second and scored on Josh Fellhauer's two-out single. In the fourth, Brown singled with two out and then stole second, third and home, the latter after catcher Parham lobbed the ball back to the pitcher.
Daniel Renken made his third successive solid start for Fullerton with no reward. He allowed 8 hits in 8 innings, walking two and striking out seven. Starter Ryan Juarez went 7.1 innings for Northridge.