Matadors streaking downward in Big West Conference play

Ignacio Marquez

Another Sunday loss and the Matadors are swept and brushed away by one more Big West Conference team.

The Cal State Northridge baseball team dropped its sixth straight series by getting swept out of Dobbins Stadium at UC Davis as the Aggies took the series by winning the finale, 8-4, in the three-game weekend series.

CSUN (18-25, 1-11 Big West) was playing catch up for the third straight game as the Aggies lead off the first inning after outfielder Scott Lyman singled to left field to score lead off runner Brett Morgan to open the score at 1-0.

UC Davis (12-25, 6-6 Big West) would score one more run on a run batted in by Morgan in the bottom of the second inning before Northridge tallied its side of the scoreboard with a run in the third inning.

Outfielder Ridge Carpenter was hit by a pitch from Aggie starter Dayne Quist and went to second base after Matador Drew Muren successfully bunted. Marty Bowen then hit a 2-2 pitch to left field to score Carpenter and cut the score to 2-1.

That was as close as CSUN was going to get as UC Davis came back in the bottom of the third with two runs to double their score at 4-1. David Popkins lead off the inning with a home run off Matador Carlos Gonzalez.

The young starter later hit the next batter and walked Eric Johnson before being replaced by Alex Muren. The reliever and occasional starter gave up a run before retiring the home team.

The Aggies would extend the lead at 7-1 before the Matadors scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to put the game at 7-4 and chase Quist out of the mound.

CSUN third baseman Tommy Simis lead off the inning with a double and then  Miles Williams was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second with no outs. Shortstop Kyle Attl then singled to load the bases.

The big bang hit of the inning came when second baseman TS Reed cleared the bases with a double to left center field on a 2-0 count. Two straight strikeouts ended Northridge’s rally.

UC Davis would score one more run to double up the Matadors’ score and cement the victory and sweep.

Drew Muren recorded four hits in 13 at-bats for the series. Bowen went 1-for-4 in the series finale and is currently on a nine-game hitting streak.

The loss gives the Matadors six straight losses, their longest losing streak of the season.

Northridge went 4-14 for the month of April.