May 15, 2003
TUCSON - Cal State Fullerton kept hitting all game long -- 16 total hits -- and Sondra Milchiker led the way with three, plus four RBI to lead Cal State Northridge to a 7-4 victory over Colorado State that kept the Matadors' season alive.
The loss eliminated the Rams, finishing their 2003 season at 37-15 overall and 0-2 in Region 1 NCAA action.
Milchiker socked a two-run home run into the batting eye beyond center field to give Northridge a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first, after Jen Dishner singled.
Colorado State answered with a run to cut the lead to 2-1. Kerry Farrell walked, and an out later scored from first when Ricki Walker singled and momentarily got caught in a run down, and Farrell beat a throw to the plate.
Christen Bedwell hit a two-out solo home run for CSUN in the top of the second to stretch it back to a two-run lead, 3-1.
Milchiker singled to left in the third, and scored on a close play at the plate off Jan Moshier's double down the left field line, making it 4-1.
Milchiker followed three successive singles with a two-run double in the top of the sixth, then Janine Grund hit a run-scoring single to make it 7-1.
Colorado State wouldn't go down without a rally. The Rams got a single by Melanie Laffoon, a walk by Brittany Burtner and Genevieve Kelly's first career home run to make it closer.
Northridge plays the loser of the Texas A&M-South Carolina game in a 4:30 p.m. contest Friday afternoon.
CSUN Coach Barbara Jordan:
"We came out with more authority and with a purpose, and it showed in our pitching, defense and offense."
CSUN's Sondra Milchiker:
"I do whatever it takes to help the team out. We played aggresively and with confidence."
CSU Coach Mary Yori:
"I think we are disappointed in our performance today. We thought we could have done better. I think we were excited after winning our conference and I didn't think we were a regional contender this year."