Baseball drops first conference game against Northridge

Vincent Ta/HIGHLANDER
Vincent Ta/HIGHLANDER

April 1, 2013
Aztecs 10 – Highlanders 2

After four straight victories, the UC Riverside baseball team dropped its first match in blowout fashion against the San Diego State Aztecs, losing 10-2.

The Aztecs used two three-run innings in the first and fourth and then a two-run inning in the eighth to secure their victory over the hapless Highlanders.

San Diego State first baseman Ryan Muno lifted his team with a standout performance that included three RBIs and two hits.

UCR’s only runs came in the third inning, which cut the margin to 4-1 and then in the ninth when the game was already far out of reach.

April 2, 2013

Highlanders 6 – Aztecs 3

After a 10-2 thumping at the hands of the San Diego Aztecs, the Highlanders rallied and exacted sweet vengeance on San Diego State with a 6-3 victory.

UCR jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Aztecs scored three straight in the fourth, fifth and eighth to swing the match in their favor. However, the Highlanders answered the bell in a huge way.

With the score tied, Kyle Boudreau hit a triple to center field giving the Highlanders a commanding 6-3 lead heading into the ninth. UCR would keep the lead and pick up the W.

April 5, 2013
Matadors 5 – Highlanders 3

 The baseball team looked to improve upon their flawless 3-0 conference record going into Friday’s game against the Cal State Northridge Matadors. However, they fell short in a 5-3 defeat.

The Highlanders were unable to capitalize on loaded bases at the top of the third inning to put runs on the board. The following inning the Matadors took a 5-0 lead when UCR gave up 3 runs. The Highlanders finally notched a run in the seventh inning when Nick Vitler drove in a run with a sac fly to center, cutting the lead to 5-1.

Matador closing pitcher Jose Goosen-Brown allowed two runs by David Andriese and Cody Hough in the ninth to give the Highlanders a sliver of hope, but the Matadors were able to finish strong and steal a victory at home.

April 6, 2013
Matadors 3 – Highlanders 1 

After an undefeated start in conference play, the UCR baseball team has now dropped two straight in the Big West, both losses coming against Cal State Northridge as they dropped a 3-1 decision.

Points were at a premium during Saturday’s match, with the Matadors striking first in the bottom of the third off Chester Pak’s RBI. The Highlanders were able to answer at the top of the fourth, when Joe Chavez hit a single with loaded bases to tie the match at 1-1.

Four innings later, the Matadors would muster up the tiebreaking score off Josh Gossen-Brown’s run. Northridge would score once more in the bottom of the eighth, while preventing the Highlanders from ever scoring again to secure the victory.

April 7, 2013
Matadors 15 – Highlanders 3

In the third and final game of their series against Cal State Northridge, the UC Riverside baseball team laid a 15-3 egg, securing a 3-0 series sweep for the Matadors.

The Matadors came out swinging against the Highlanders, scoring all 15 of their runs in the first five innings, 8 of the runs came in the fifth inning.

UCR was able to score 3 runs in the final two innings, but they would do no more than pad the stats as the Highlanders left Northridge with an 3-3 conference record.

The Highlanders’ next chance for redemption will come against Loyola-Marymount on the road Tuesday April 9th.

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