Matadors run away in Bakersfield

Gilberto Manzano

The Cal State Northridge softball team (20-9) kept rolling Saturday afternoon as they swept Cal State Bakersfield in back-to-back games at the Roadrunner Softball Complex.’ In game one, Debbie Duran ‘- once again ‘- pitched a complete game for the Matadors in a 10-5 victory. Game two went down to the wire in extra innings, but the Matadors pulled out a 2-1 win.

Jaclyn Rymer went back to her hometown and was spectacular at the plate. Rymer went a perfect 8-for-8 and boosted her batting average from .311 to .378. For the season, Rymer has a career-high 23 runs with 25 RBI’s.

Duran earned her league-leading 14th win in game one. In game two, she came in for relief work and recorded her first save of the season. Duran has been putting up big numbers all season long and has a 14-5 record with a low ERA of 1.66 in 111.2 innings of work.

The Matadors are on a hot streak. They’re on an eight-game winning streak and 17-3 over their last 20 games. As a team, CSUN has a batting average of .266 and an ERA of 2.49.’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

In game one, the CSUN bats came alive in their 10-5 win. The Matador bats recorded 16 hits and helped Duran earn the victory.

The Matadors broke out in the fourth inning when Amanda Pitzenberger got her first hit of the season on a double that scored in Micah Putman. Then, Rymer hit a single to left field to score in Krystal Raphael. CSUN scored three runs in the inning to get the early lead.’ ‘

At one point, CSUN was ahead 8-0. However, the Roadrunners closed the gap with four runs in the sixth inning.’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

In game two, the Matadors had to go to eight innings to get a 2-1 win. Freshman Hannah Fraijo pitched seven innings and allowed eight hits.’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

The Matadors got their game-winner when Christina Saenz hit a single into left field to score Rymer.