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Softball: Not a lot of positives in last loss of year as CSUN tries to keep head up

Softball: Not a lot of positives in last loss of year as CSUN tries to keep head up

After a 4-1 loss to UC Santa Barbara Saturday afternoon at Matador Diamond signaled the end of the most futile of seasons in CSUN’s history, catcher Mikayla Thielges pitched the idea that 2012 had been a worthy learning experience. “This season was not a waste at all,” she said. With the Matadors (10-42, 5-15 Big […]

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Softball: Ready or not: Matadors face UCSB in season finale

Softball: Ready or not: Matadors face UCSB in season finale

When asked whether they wished the dreadful 2012 season was over already, there was consensus for the most part in the Matadors’ locker room. No. “I always want to play more games,” CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers said. Although on the tail end of a year that’s seen it only win 10 games heading into […]

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Softball: CSUN to end 2012 with fewest victories since 1978

Softball: CSUN to end 2012 with fewest victories since 1978

In order to avoid a historically infamous place in the CSUN record books, the Matadors needed to do something last weekend that historically had been but routine for them. CSUN needed to sweep UC Riverside – a team it had dominated in the all-time series, going 77-8 against it – to have a chance at […]

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Softball: Pagano, Matadors go 0-2 against UCR to fall into tie for last place in Big West

Softball: Pagano, Matadors go 0-2 against UCR to fall into tie for last place in Big West

RIVERSIDE – In a season full of struggles, hitting pitcher Mia Pagano has been the brightest spot for CSUN. So with the Matadors down to their last out and trailing by one in Game 2 of a Saturday doubleheader at UC Riverside, it wasn’t strange to see head coach Tairia Flowers call upon the junior to […]

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Softball: Looking to move up in standings, Matadors visit bottom-feeding Highlanders for three-game series

Softball: Looking to move up in standings, Matadors visit bottom-feeding Highlanders for three-game series

There’s no way around it. For the majority of 2012, the Matadors have not played well. Sunday’s 11-0 loss to Fullerton was an exaggerated illustration of how poorly the Matadors (10-36, 5-10 Big West) have struggled offensively at times this season. While the Titans hit the ball as if it had called their mothers a […]

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Softball: Pagano makes comeback for Game 1 win, CSUN splits doubleheader against Titans

Softball: Pagano makes comeback for Game 1 win, CSUN splits doubleheader against Titans

Three years into her career at CSUN, pitcher Mia Pagano had yet to do what she did Saturday to get a 5-2 win against the Titans. Getting relieved at the end of the sixth inning after having all but gift-wrapped the first game of a doubleheader at Matador Diamond moments before, Pagano had to go […]

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Softball: CSUN hopes turnaround starts with Titans series

Softball: CSUN hopes turnaround starts with Titans series

No matter how many times the Matadors have lost this season, pitcher Brianna Elder isn’t used to the feeling of defeat. It stings her every time. “Losing is always difficult, I never really like to do it,” she said during a Wednesday practice. It’s not that she should be more acclimated to the feeling, but […]

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Softball: Tough outs: UCLA’s offense too much for Matadors

Softball: Tough outs: UCLA’s offense too much for Matadors

Give credit to CSUN pitcher Mia Pagano. Asked about her team’s match-up at No. 15 UCLA, the junior said she looked forward to facing a team that came into the game batting .357 for the year. “We just need to stay confident and know that we can do it,” she said. The Matadors (8-32) couldn’t […]

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Softball: Grand challenge: Matadors visit No. 15 UCLA

Softball: Grand challenge: Matadors visit No. 15 UCLA

As Mia Pagano’s first grand slam of her life went over the left wall at Bob Janssen Field – pointing the way to a 4-0 CSUN win Saturday against Cal Poly – an array of emotions fluxed through her. “I didn’t even know how to react,” Pagano said. “(My teammates) were so excited for me. […]

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Softball: Pagano’s grand slam snaps CSUN’s five-game skid at SLO

Softball: Pagano’s grand slam snaps CSUN’s five-game skid at SLO

It is rare to see a pitcher both win a game on the mound and on the offensive-end as well, but luckily for CSUN (8-29, 3-4 Big West) this happened in its favor. Junior pitcher Mia Pagano and her grand slam in the third inning carried the Matadors to a 4-0 win against Cal Poly […]

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Softball: CSUN looks for hot hitting to continue in SLO

Softball: CSUN looks for hot hitting to continue in SLO

A struggling offense for most of 2012, the Matadors broke out of a four-game slump that had seen them score only a single run in the stretch in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader. Facing New Mexico for the second time in the afternoon at Matador Diamond, CSUN put up 10 runs on a […]

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Softball: Matadors’ offense outdueled by powerful New Mexico

Softball: Matadors’ offense outdueled by powerful New Mexico

Having witnessed two teammates succumb before the powerful New Mexico bats, CSUN pitcher Brianna Elder tried just about everything to escape the same fate and – in the process – give her team a chance at a late rally during the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Lobos at Matador Diamond. But against the […]

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