Softball: Matadors throw away lead, lose 9-8 in Husky Classic opener

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Softball: Matadors throw away lead, lose 9-8 in Husky Classic opener

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Sean Thomas

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The Matadors (17-5) suffered a late-inning 9-8 loss to the No. 19 Washington University Huskies (21-4) to start off the 2015 Husky Classic yesterday afternoon.

The first place Matadors, who held the lead for the majority of the ballgame, allowed five runs in the bottom of the seventh after posting a five run frame of their own in the previous half-inning.

Sophomore pitcher Zoe Conley started on the mound for the Matadors, tossing 6.1 innings, allowing 10 hits and five earned runs before being pulled for senior pitcher Brianna Elder for the remainder of the seventh.

The top of the Matadors batting order supplied the bulk of Northridge’s offense. The one through four batters collected seven of CSUN’s ten hits in the game. The top of the order also scored seven of the Matadors eight runs in the contest.

Sophomore outfielder Taylor Nate drove in four RBI on two hits and a walk. Nate’s fellow outfielder, sophomore Taylor Glover, launched a first inning shot over the outfield fence for her third home run of the season. Glover finished the game with two hits, two runs, and a walk.

Sophomore second baseman Katie Hooper padded her lead in the Big West statistical leader boards with a RBI and a hit of her own. The second year player’s eight home runs, 26 RBI and .426 batting averages leads the Big West in all triple crown categories.

The seventh inning Husky rally resulted in the Matador’s fourth one run loss of the season. The Matadors will return to the Husky Softball Stadium for a pair of games on Saturday. Northridge will take on the Seattle University Redhawks (7-15) before playing the Ohio State Buckeyes (12-5).