The Matadors battled to take innings out of the bullpen after a twelve innings battle in the first game, resulting in a one-sided second game in which the UC Irvine Anteaters made the most of CSUN’s bullpen in a 17-3 loss on Saturday got out.
The first game in the series was postponed due to darkness on Friday evening and continued on Saturday lunchtime, forcing the double header planned for Saturday to switch to Sunday.
The team celebrates Ryan Ball on his way to home base during the first game of the series against UC Irvine at Matador Field in Northridge, Calif. On Saturday, April 3, 2021.
The continuation of last night’s 7-7 tie ended in the 12th inning when freshman Ryan Ball smashed a payout spot in the strike zone for a solo home run in the finals of the inning, forcing a walk-off, and the Matador bench took off Home plate to celebrate the massive hit of the newbies in the right field. The Matadors victory also gave the anteaters their first conference loss of the season.
In the second game of their four-game series, the Matadors fought to contain the anteater’s bats. The game ended prematurely in just seven innings due to the UCI’s lead.
“We seem surprised that we win. This is the third time we’ve won the season opener and lost the next game in the series, ”said head coach Dave Serrano. “We’re getting too excited. I talk a lot about relaxed intensity. We can’t play with emotions, we left everything on the field after the first game. “
Zuko Tillman prepares for the second game of the series against UC Irvine on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Matador Field in Northridge, California. (Kaitlyn Lavo)
In game two, the anteaters gave junior left-handed Zuko Tillman a tough day on the hill. Tillman conceded four runs in the first inning and six more in the second because he had problems with command of his pitches. Tillman threw 1 2/3 innings with nine hits, three walks on 10 earned runs, and a strikeout.
The Matadors defended themselves in the first round with three runs of their own. A leadoff single due to a mistake on third base, junior outfielder Denzel Clark gave a single to start the day on the plate for the Matadors. Senior outfielder Kai Moody hit a single on the Two-Spot and a walk by Ryan Ball only polluted the bases with the first three bats.
The single from Moody continued its perfect streak of success this season and now reached double-digit numbers in its 10th game in a row with at least one hit.
Kai Moody prepares to swing on a field during the second game of the series against UC Irvine at Matador Field in Northridge, Calif. On Saturday, April 3, 2021. (Kaitlyn Lavo)
A two-RBI single from Sean Skelly took two runs, while senior first baseman Jason Ajamian hit an RBI single in the first inning to cap the matadors’ rating for the afternoon.
UCI newcomer left-handed Nick Pinto, who was Big West Conference Player of the Week two weeks ago, kicked off the anteaters. Pinto got off to a rocky start after allowing a total of three runs and two earned runs.
Despite his slow start, Pinto ended the day with five innings and tamed the Matadors with five hits, two walks, and four spikes for the remainder of his pitching performance. Right-handed junior pitcher Michael Stanford was relieved and only conceded a single hit in two innings with two walks and two strikeouts.
“There have been ups and downs in both games,” said Serrano. “At the moment we are not dealing well with success. [Today] We left everything behind today and didn’t get any hits. “
Junior right-handed Dwayne Anbrandt came in to relieve Tillman in the second case in a situation full of bases. Burnedly the distance went for CSUN and threw 4 1/3 innings, while he conceded six well-deserved runs with nine hits and a strikeout.
Denzel Clarke and Kai Moody warm up in front of their bats in the second game of the series against UC Irvine at Matador Field in Northridge, Calif., On Saturday, April 3, 2021. (Kaitlyn Lavo)
While six runners scored a goal, Anbrandt served as a bridge to keep the Matadors pitching team ready and healthy for tomorrow’s double header and the last two games in the series.
“Runs are a lack of conviction for the strike zone. Strikes are the key to success, ”said Serrano. “We know [Matador Field] is an offensive ballpark and it hurts us to implode on the hill if we don’t win games. “
CSUN will play the last two games in double header Sunday at 11am.