“We gave away too many at bats and our defensive miscues hurt us today,” said head coach Dan Powers. “But it was a good learning experience for our younger players.”
The Redhawks return to action on the final day of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. on the campus of Arizona State University with contests versus Penn State and Stanford.
Game 1: Cal State Northridge 4, Seattle U 3
The Redhawks were able to prevent the Matadors from scoring, despite Abby Linn advancing as far as third in the first inning, but Brianna Guerrero (Buena Park, Calif.) was also stuck on third in the bottom of the inning. The game remained scoreless after a quick three-and-out for each team in the second inning.
CSUN broke through in the top of the third as Maylynn Mitchell opened the inning with a solo home run to right field. Kaitlin Toerner would later score on a Katie Hooper single to left field as the Matadors led, 2-0, through three innings.
Only one runner would reach base for either team, CSUN’s Toerner, over the next inning and a half until Seattle U got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Isabella Geronimo (San Mateo, Calif.) scored on a sacrifice fly by Bubba Morrow (Auburn, Wash.) as they trailed, 2-1.
Each team inched forward over the next two innings, scoring a run apiece in each, but the Redhawks could not overcome the deficit as they fell, 4-3. Kayla Shuster-Gonzales (Escondido, Calif.) scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth for Seattle U while Morrow scored in the final inning on an illegal pitch.
Morrow led the Redhawks with three hits while Toerner led the Matadors with three. In the circle, Jordan Sauceda earned the win for CSUN while Richelle Ashburn (Post Falls, Idaho) was handed the loss. Ashburn allowed all four runs on nine hits while striking out four. Lindsay Davis (Palo Cedro, Calif.) made an appearance, walking and striking out one batter apiece in one inning pitched.
Game 2: San Diego State 7, Seattle U 2
San Diego State took the lead in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by Kaitlin Connors as only one Redhawk reached base in the opening three innings. The Aztecs added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth on a three RBI home run by Hayley Miles to lead, 4-0.
SDSU added two more runs, both unearned, as Jacki Campa and Monica Downey both scored on unearned runs to lead, 7-0.
In the final inning, Seattle U got on the board with a sacrifice fly by Shuster-Gonzales and an unearned run by Jenny Hurst (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) but it was not enough to overcome the deficit as they fell, 7-2.
In the circle, Alyssa Reuble (Lynnwood, Wash.) was handed the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out one in the five inning outing. Davis entered the game in relief, allowing the final two runs on four hits while striking out two.