CSUN shows no mercy to Saints

Ivan Yeo

The CSUN Matador softball came out swinging in its first two home games of the 2007 season.

The Matadors pulled off a pair of eight-run mercy rule wins against the Sienna College Saints on Tuesday afternoon. Northridge jumped on the Saints early in both games, Sienna rallied in the first game until Northridge put the game away in the bottom of the fifth for a 13-5 win, but the Matadors held Sienna in check in the second game, routing the Saints 16-1.

Freshman right fielder Alexandria Alvarado scored the Matadors’ first run in the first inning on an RBI double by sophomore catcher Amanda Peek. The Matadors then took control with five runs in the next inning. Sienna College came back with two runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth, but Northridge broke the game wide open in the bottom half of the fifth. The Matadors loaded the bases with one out, and Alvarado drew a walk to score senior third baseman Kelly Zakosek. Senior Megan Smith came in as a pinch-hitter and hit a grounder that glanced off shortstop Jessica Mushel into the outfield, scoring sophomore second baseman Sarah Kahn-Shamout. Freshman designated player Christina Saenz came up and hit a grounder to second baseman Rachelle Morales, who misplayed the ball for another Saints’ error, allowing freshman right fielder Alexandria Alvarado and junior center fielder Jackie Duree to score. Peek then came up and laced the ball up the middle to center field, scoring Saenz and freshman left fielder Lauren Olivas.

In game two, CSUN scored the first two runs of the game when Peek hit a two-run home run in the first inning. CSUN then broke the game wide with 10 runs in the second inning and added four more runs in the fourth to put the game well out of reach. Junior pitcher Mercedes Lovato was sharp in the circle for the Matadors, pitching the complete game while striking out five batters.

The Matadors will next travel to San Diego for the University of San Diego Tournament. The Matadors will face the host Toreros on Saturday at 11 a.m. followed by the Memphis Tigers later that day at 3:30 p.m.