CSUN Softball Fall to San Diego in a 4-0 Loss

Early Wednesday afternoon the CSUN Matadors hosted the University of San Diego with both teams looking to secure the victory in this lone non-conference matchup. The Matadors entered the afternoon with a record of 17-19 for the season and look to bounce back after suffering a series loss at the hands of UC Davis over the weekend. As for the San Diego Toreros, they entered the day with a record 18-23-1 and were coming off a series sweep against the Pacific Tigers and looking to build upon their momentum against the Matadors in Northridge.

For CSUN it was Alexis Martinez who took the circle for the Matadors who held an ERA of 4.30 and a season record of 4-7. For San Diego, it was Emma Giaime who held a 6-1 win-loss record and an era of 4.09 and took the circle for the Toreros looking to be dominant for her team.

For most of the game, it was all Giaime and Martinez as they went back and forth in a pitcher's duel with both pitchers not surrendering any runs in the first four innings. Martinez's day would go on to end early as she was taken out for Alonso to begin the fifth inning where her night would end at 4 innings pitched, and 2 hits allowed. Alonso had a rough inning when she found herself in some trouble as San Diego’s Izzy Owen singled to first base and drove in Joecellia Roberts for the first run of the game to give San Diego the early lead. The slugging for San Diego did not stop there when Mikayla Emanuelli singled down the left field line and advanced to second on a throwing error driving in Amanda Limon for the second run to give San Diego a 2-0 lead going into the last few innings.

The Toreros came back in the top 7th to add some insurance when Alexia Torculas singled to left field and drove in Emanuelli and Joyner to make it a 4-0 ball game for San Diego that would inevitably be the final runs to cross home plate. CSUN was unable to generate any type of offense, only recording 3 hits for the day because of the dominant performance that Emma Giaime showed, going the distance pitching all 7 innings and recording 3 strikeouts along with it.

This loss for CSUN sets them back with a record of 17-20 and they now look to attempt to bounce back when they travel to take on UC Riverside in their weekend matchup. Coach Morgan of CSUN went on to explain the loss and the adjustments that needed to be made, “Offensively we just didn’t make any adjustments,” he said, “we knew what [Giaime] was throwing and we didn't make any adjustments so we gotta be better all around and none of that is acceptable.”

The San Diego Toreros add the victory to their win column and claim their 19th win of the season. They look to carry that momentum back home when they host Grand Canyon University next Wednesday, April 26.

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