NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — The Matadors of Cal State Northridge swept a doubleheader over Northwestern Saturday afternoon at Matador Field. Northridge came from behind to tie both contests before winning each in its final at bat, including an extra inning walk-off.
In the first game, the Matadors fell behind 3-1 before rallying to tie the game in the fifth inning when Tommy Simis singled home a pair of runs. Northridge scored the game-winning run the next inning when Adam Berry knocked in his second run of the afternoon.
But the story of the seven-inning game was starting pitcher Alex Muren. The junior right-hander struggled with his command early, allowing five walks and walking in a run in the third inning, but the Northwestern Wildcats managed only one base hit — a single by Nick Linne to lead off the fourth inning.
Northwestern scored a run thanks to a pair of errors in the second inning and manufactured a run after Linne’s single. After the hit, Muren retired the final 12 batters of the game to record the first one-hitter in CSUN history.
With the first game being scheduled for seven innings because of the doubleheader, the baseball gods intervened and made sure there was 18 innings of ball played as the second game went 11 innings. Northridge watched the Wildcats storm back from a 6-1 deficit to take a 7-6 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, but Kyle Attl led off with a double and came around to tie the game on a Marty Bowen single.
In the 11th inning, substitute Chester Pak drove in the game-winning run with a walk-off single to centerfield.
Northridge will go for the series sweep at 1 PM Sunday afternoon at Matador Field.
Check out the full photo gallery from Game 1 below: