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Gilberto Manzano

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The Cal State Northridge softball team (12-8) played host this weekend and welcomed Rutgers, Portland State and Quinnipiac in the Worth Invitational at Matador Diamond. The Matadors did a solid job and went 4-1 for the second straight weekend. CSUN has been on a hot streak, winning 11 of its last 15 games. One reason for the Matadors’ success lately has been the great pitching from their two aces junior Debbie Duran and freshman Hannah Fraijo. Duran is 7-5 with an ERA of 2.00 and Fraijo is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.91. This weekend, the Matadors also had big help from freshman Jaci Carlesen, who batted .455, drove in three RBIs and scored four runs in the five games.

‘I feel like our team is on the right direction and can do big things this season,’ Carlsen said. ‘If we play hard and keep our heads on straight, we can play well in our upcoming games.’

Friday vs. Rutgers, lost 6-1

CSUN opened the Worth Invitational with a 6-1 loss against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers in game 1 of a doubleheader. The Matadors did not get much help from their star pitcher, Duran, who got knocked out in the third inning for giving up six runs. Fraijo came in to relieve and didn’t give up a run the rest of the game. The Matadors’ only run of the game came in the fifth inning after junior Lauren Olivas got her first RBI of the season.

Friday vs. Rutgers, won 2-0

In game 2, Duran got revenge against Rutgers by pitching a complete shutout that gave the Matadors a 2-0 victory. Duran looked unyielding throughout the game, only giving up two hits and striking out four batters. At the plate, the Matadors got seven hits, two of which came from their cleanup hitter, Christina Saenz.

Saturday vs. Portland State, won 4-1

The Matadors defeated Portland State 4-1 Saturday morning in their third game of the Worth Invitational. CSUN was trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning when senior Micah Putman hit a grand slam to propel the Matadors to the win. Junior Amanda Pitzenberger gave the Matadors five scoreless innings of relief work.

Saturday vs. Quinnipiac, won 8-0

On Saturday afternoon, CSUN defeated Quinnipiac 8-0 in five innings. Fraijo pitched five innings of shutout softball and recorded her second win of the season. In the fifth inning, the Matadors got five runs, one came from Carlsen’s RBI double. For the game, CSUN got seven hits and allowed only three from Quinnipiac.

Sunday vs. Portland State, won 7-5

On Sunday, the final day of the Worth Invitational, the Matadors defeated Portland State for the second time on the weekend, 7-5. The Matador pitchers had a rough day at the mound, but their bats led them to victory. Carlsen, Jaclyn Rymerand and Karla Chaparro all had two RBIs for the Matadors. Carlsen hit a bomb to left field that gave her a second home run for the season.