CSUN comes out a winner

Gilberto Manzano

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The CSUN softball team finished the UTEP Tournament in El Paso, Texas Saturday morning with a record of 3-2, boosting its record up to 4-6. Junior Christina Saenz and sophomore Tracy Allen were the MVP’s for the Matadors in the tournament. Saenz batted .583 with seven RBI’s and Allen batted .500 with four RBI’s. Here are brief game recaps from each game:

Thursday vs. Northern Colorado:
CSUN opened the UTEP Tournament with a double-header this past Thursday. The first game was a 10-1 victory against the Northern Colorado Bears.’ After not scoring runs in their previous two games, the Matadors exploded for 10 runs and 10 hits in five innings against the Bear pitchers. Most of their damage was done by Saenz, Allen and junior Jaclyn Rymer, who got two hits and two RBI’s each. Junior Deborah Duran started the game by giving the Matadors four quality innings, only allowing one earned run and striking out three batters. The Bears had a tough day against the CSUN pitchers, only getting three hits.

Thursday vs. New Mexico State
The second game of the double-header had CSUN matched up against New Mexico State, who was considered to be the best team coming into the tournament. The Aggies demolished the Matadors in five innings in a 10-0 victory.’ After scoring 10 runs in the earlier game, the Matadors didn’t get any runs and barely managed to get two hits against the Aggies’ pitching staff. The only positive side of this game for CSUN came in the fourth inning, when Allen, a third baseman, broke up the Aggies no-hitter with a single. The Aggies batters dominated CSUN pitcher Claire Rietmann-Grout, scoring five runs and knocking her out in the middle of the second inning.

Friday vs. San Jose State
The second day of the tournament, the Matadors once again had a double-header. The early game was a 7-4 victory over San Jose State. The Matadors bounced back with help from senior Alexandria Alvarado, who went 2-of-4 with one RBI. Freshman Jaci Carlsen also contributed, going 2-of-3 and driving in two runs. The Matadors’ biggest scare of the game came in the top of the third inning when Duran gave up a three -run home run to Brittany McConnell, which gave the Spartans a 3-2 lead. In the fifth inning, CSUN took over, scoring five runs, and never looked back.

Friday vs. UTEP
The later game of Friday’s double-header was a 7-2 defeat to the host, UTEP. Rymer, a first baseman, gave the Matadors a great start with a lead-off home run. CSUN took a 2-1 lead into the sixth inning, but that’s when it got bad. The Miners got a three-run home run from Ashley Ellis and scored three more runs. The Matadors couldn’t manage a comeback and didn’t score a run after the fifth.

Saturday vs. Samford
The Matadors ended the tournament on a high note, getting an 8-3 win over Samford.’ CSUN got great performances from Saenz and Allen, who combined for six hits and four RBI’s. Duran gave CSUN a complete game with two earned runs and three strike outs. Duran’s only mistake was a two-run home run given up to Aaren Fisher.