CSUN baseball sweeps series against UC Davis

    CSUN baseball player pitches the ball
    Sophomore pitcher Andrew Weston winds up a pitch against UC Davis on May 15. Weston pitched five innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Photo credit: Josue Aguilar

    The CSUN baseball team beat the UC Davis Aggies 4-2 on Sunday afternoon, sweeping the series and giving CSUN a 31-16 overall record.

    The Matadors got off to a strong start, forcing three straight outs and setting the tone for the game.

    Sophomore pitcher Andrew Weston started and pitched for five innings, striking out three players and giving up two runs on two hits.

    Strong defense shut out UC Davis for five innings.

    “I just wanted to throw strikes and make them put the ball in play,” Weston said. “My defense did a great job behind me, so I give the credit to the defense.”

    The Matadors got on the board in the second inning after sophomore outfielder Elias Orona hit a two-run RBI double to right field, bringing in sophomore outfielder Justin Toerner and sophomore infielder Nolan Bumstead.

    “I kind of made adjustments from yesterday and the day before . . . they were just pounding me fast balls in,” Orona said. “So I knew they were going to come back to it, and I was just hitting that pitch.”

    In the third inning, with the bases loaded, junior catcher Dylan Alexander smacked a double to right center to bring in Toerner and sophomore catcher Albee Weiss.

    The Aggies tried to rally in the sixth inning and UC Davis second baseman Caleb Van Blake was struck with a pitch, bringing home first baseman Spencer Henderson to make the score, 4-1.

    CSUN made a pitching change for senior Nick Viola, after a UC Davis single, to cut CSUN’s lead to two. Viola managed to get the final out to end Davis’ rally.

    “I felt like they battled pretty well,” Weston said. “I didn’t make the pitches I need to make in certain situations when I need to make them, so credit to them for that.”

    Junior pitcher Mathew Troupe and junior Conner O’Neil pitched in relief.

    The Matadors controlled the game for the last three innings to take the series.

    Coach Greg Moore said it was an important win for the team.

    “Today was important for us because we didn’t play great in the second half of that that game yesterday,” he said. ” The challenge for the team was to play better early, but also to finish a game.”

    Moore said he thought the team’s work was better today.

    “I thought our effort was better, our minds were cleaner and clearer late in the game,” he said.

    The Matadors play their final home game of the season against Pepperdine on Tuesday at 3 p.m.