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Softball: Horvath single leads CSUN over St. John in home opener

Senior pitcher Brianna Elder kept it at a tie game after striking out three of her opponents. Photo credit: Nate Perez

Sean Thomas

February 25, 2015

The Matador's (13-3) pulled out some late inning heroics to defeat the St. John University Red Storm (4-6), 3-2 in their first home game of the season today. CSUN's freshman infielder Savannah Horvath knocked in the deciding run of the game for the Matadors. The walk-off single skipped under St. John's...

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: 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: 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: Matadors’ offense outdueled by powerful New Mexico


Alonso Tacanga

April 8, 2012

Having witnessed two teammates succumb before the powerful New Mexico bats, CSUN pitcher Brianna Elder tried just about everything to escape the same fate and – in the process – give her team a chance at a late rally during the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Lobos at Matador D...

Softball: Pitching woes lead to back-to-back Matador losses to Harvard

Matador pitcher Mia Pagano looks for a strike against Harvard Saturday afternoon. Pagano recorded three strikeouts, but her opening pitches allowed two runs for the Crimson. Photo Credit: Andres Aguila / Senior Photographer

Anthony Carpio

March 10, 2012

A slow start on pitching led to CSUN’s 5-2 loss against Harvard Saturday afternoon at Matador Diamond. The Matadors (5-18) were swept by the Crimson (5-3) in the Northridge Classic, winning both Saturday’s game as well as Friday’s. “I think we did a better job from yesterday,” CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers. “We put the ball i...

Valentine’s Feature: Married Matador coaches Jason and Tairia Flowers make home/work relationship work

Jason Flowers poses during a November photo shoot. Flowers says his coaching style is  “upfront and blunt” and credits his wife Tairia for having a “better poker face.” Sundial File Photo

Alonso Tacanga

February 13, 2012

A month into his head-coaching tenure with the CSUN women’s basketball program, Jason Flowers received some news that made him feel like he was in a movie. His wife, Tairia Flowers, had just been named the head coach of the CSUN softball team. “When it went down,” Jason said of the sum...

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