The Sundial

Softball: Not a lot of positives in last loss of year as CSUN tries to keep head up


Alonso Tacanga

May 12, 2012

After a 4-1 loss to UC Santa Barbara Saturday afternoon at Matador Diamond signaled the end of the most futile of seasons in CSUN’s history, catcher Mikayla Thielges pitched the idea that 2012 had been a worthy learning experience. “This season was not a waste at all,” she said. With the Mata...

Softball: Ready or not: Matadors face UCSB in season finale

CSUN pitcher Mia Pagano looks for a strike during a game against UC Riverside Saturday. Though the Matadors have only 10 wins this season and a three-game series left, they said they won’t let that spoil their season closer this weekend. Photo credit: Anthony Carpio / Sports Editor

Alonso Tacanga

May 9, 2012

When asked whether they wished the dreadful 2012 season was over already, there was consensus for the most part in the Matadors’ locker room. No. “I always want to play more games,” CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers said. Although on the tail end of a year that’s seen it only win 10...

Get to know … #4 Hayley Gurriell

CSUN sophomore attacker Hayley Gurriell scored her first goal as a Matador in a game against Cal Baptist on April 9, 2011. She scored five goals in the 2012 season. Courtesy of CSUN Athletics.

Alonso Tacanga

May 9, 2012

Full name: Hayley Beth Gurriell Date of Birth: June 18th, 1992 Place of Birth: San Diego, CA Height: 5’4” Position: Attacker Year: Sophomore Major: Sociology FAVORITES Food: Pizza and chocolate Singer: Chris Brown Movie: Drumline Song: “Tell Me It’s Real” - K-Ci & JoJo Athlete: Stephan Hicks, CSUN baller LIFE One hurdle in lif...

Softball: CSUN to end 2012 with fewest victories since 1978

CSUN pitcher Mia Pagano steps up to the plate in Game 2 against UC Riverside on Saturday. After losing their latest series against the Highlanders, the Matadors are on track to having the fewest wins since 1978. Photo credit: Anthony Carpio / Sports Editor

Alonso Tacanga

May 8, 2012

In order to avoid a historically infamous place in the CSUN record books, the Matadors needed to do something last weekend that historically had been but routine for them. CSUN needed to sweep UC Riverside – a team it had dominated in the all-time series, going 77-8 against it – to have a cha...

Softball: Pagano, Matadors go 0-2 against UCR to fall into tie for last place in Big West


Alonso Tacanga

May 5, 2012

RIVERSIDE – In a season full of struggles, hitting pitcher Mia Pagano has been the brightest spot for CSUN. So with the Matadors down to their last out and trailing by one in Game 2 of a Saturday doubleheader at UC Riverside, it wasn't strange to see head coach Tairia Flowers call upon the junior to save them. At least that's what it looked like. “Not necessarily ...

Softball: Looking to move up in standings, Matadors visit bottom-feeding Highlanders for three-game series

CSUN catcher Mikayla Thielges attempts to catch the ball during a game against Cal State Fullerton Saturday. Thielges and the Matadors are looking to bounce back from a 11-0 loss to the Titans as they head to Riverside for a three-game series. Photo credit: Shohba Limbu / Contributor

Alonso Tacanga

May 2, 2012

There’s no way around it. For the majority of 2012, the Matadors have not played well. Sunday’s 11-0 loss to Fullerton was an exaggerated illustration of how poorly the Matadors (10-36, 5-10 Big West) have struggled offensively at times this season. While the Titans hit the ball as if it had ca...

Weekly Column: Clippers’ dramatic comeback win against Memphis inexplicably brings out worst from some Laker fans

Clippers forward Blake Griffin slams home a basket over Lakers forward Pau Gasol on April 4. The Clippers came back from a 27-point deficit to win Game 1 of their first round playoff series against Memphis, and that didn’t sit well with some Laker fans. Courtesy of MCT.

Alonso Tacanga

May 1, 2012

Haters. Sports inevitably have them. Where there are people rooting for a team or player, there are even more rooting against it or him. One needs to look no further than LeBron James. As great a player as he is, the number of people who dislike him by far exceeds the number of people who root hi...

Softball: Pagano makes comeback for Game 1 win, CSUN splits doubleheader against Titans


Alonso Tacanga

April 28, 2012

Three years into her career at CSUN, pitcher Mia Pagano had yet to do what she did Saturday to get a 5-2 win against the Titans. Getting relieved at the end of the sixth inning after having all but gift-wrapped the first game of a doubleheader at Matador Diamond moments before, Pagano had to g...

Softball: CSUN hopes turnaround starts with Titans series

CSUN pitcher Brianna Elder throws a ball to a Long Beach batter Sunday. The Matadors host a three-game series against Cal Sate Fullerton this weekend. Photo Credit: Mariela Molina / Photo Editor

Alonso Tacanga

April 25, 2012

No matter how many times the Matadors have lost this season, pitcher Brianna Elder isn’t used to the feeling of defeat. It stings her every time. “Losing is always difficult, I never really like to do it,” she said during a Wednesday practice. It’s not that she should be more acclimated to the feeling,...

Softball: Tough outs: UCLA’s offense too much for Matadors

CSUN third baseman Jaci Carlsen fields a ball against Oregon State on March 28. The Matadors led for half an inning against UCLA Wednesday, but couldn’t hold on to the lead. Photo Credit: Yoko Maegawa / Contributer

Alonso Tacanga

April 18, 2012

Give credit to CSUN pitcher Mia Pagano. Asked about her team’s match-up at No. 15 UCLA, the junior said she looked forward to facing a team that came into the game batting .357 for the year. “We just need to stay confident and know that we can do it,” she said. The Matadors (8-32) couldn’t do it against the Bruins Wednesday...

Softball: Grand challenge: Matadors visit No. 15 UCLA

CSUN catcher Mikayla Thielges swings at a pitch during a game against Oregon State on March 28. Thielges and the Matadors take on UCLA on the road today. Photo Credit: Yoko Maegawa / Contributer

Alonso Tacanga

April 17, 2012

As Mia Pagano’s first grand slam of her life went over the left wall at Bob Janssen Field – pointing the way to a 4-0 CSUN win Saturday against Cal Poly – an array of emotions fluxed through her. “I didn’t even know how to react,” Pagano said. “(My teammates) were so excited for me. It was just the ...

Baseball: Matadors can’t keep up with Mustang bats in Game 2, split doubleheaeder


Alonso Tacanga

April 14, 2012

Thirty minutes after surviving a nerve-wracking slugfest of a Game 1 in which he pinch-ran a crucial run for CSUN (15-19, 3-5 Big West), pitcher Alex Muren got on the mound for Game 2 to make sure the Mustangs’ powerful offense was held in check at least once Saturday afternoon at Matador Field. Eight Cal Poly hits later, it was clear that offense dominating defense was going to remain the theme of the after...

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