May 15, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, CA - Cal State Northridge's Jen Mosier and Jaci Carlsen each slugged first inning home runs and Matadors' starter Hannah Fraijo allowed just four hits in six innings of work to lift their team to a 5-2 victory over visiting Cal State Fullerton in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Matador Diamond.
The Titans finish their 2010 season with a 14-39 overall record and a 9-12 mark in Big West Conference play, missing the postseason for the first time since 2004. The Matadors finished the regular season with a 31-22 overall record and a 15-6 record in league play and now must await the decision of the NCAA selection committee, which will announce the 64-team field for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday on ESPN-U (check your local listings).
After an RBI single by Nicole Johnson gave Fullerton the early lead in the top of the first inning, Northridge got all the runs it would need in the bottom half of the inning off Titans' starter Krystal Heinle (4-8). The first two hitters reached on a double and a walk to bring up Mosier, who cranked her sixth home run of the season over the left field wall on a 2-2 pitch to give her side the 2-1 lead.
Carlsen then followed with her eighth home run of the year - also to left field - on a 2-1 pitch, extending the advantage to 4-1.
That's all Fraijo (18-8) would need, allowing an unearned run on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Morgan LeMond in the third that made it a 4-2 ballgame. Northridge got the run back on an RBI ground out by Diana Chaparro in the fourth to cap the scoring.
Fraijo allowed just two unearned runs on four hits, working around four walks and striking out four to earn the win. Amanda Pitzenberger entered in the seventh, allowing just one hit before shutting the door for her first save of the year.
Heinle was tagged for five earned on five hits in four innings of work before giving way to Katey Laban in the fifth. Laban allowed just one hit in that span and struck out one.
Johnson finished 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Titans while three other batters notched base hits. Carlsen led the Matadors with two hits on the day.