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CBD Photo Gallery: Northridge Wins Battle of the Bullfighters

Josh Goossen-Brown charges down the line on a squeeze attempt.NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Nate Ring knocked a career-high five hits and the Cal State Northridge pitching staff held the first five batters in San Diego’s lineup to a combined 1-for-21 in an 8-4 victory Tuesday afternoon at Matador Field.

The Matadors (11-12) picked up their fifth straight win thanks to a solid start from Brandon Warner, who did not factor in the decision despite not allowing a hit until the fifth inning, and a resilient lineup.

After a controversial interference call, on a squeeze bunt attempt and errant throw that hit the runner, negated two Northridge runs and helped San Diego (16-9) escape a bases loaded jam without a run scoring, the Toreros immediately put two runs on the board to tie the game 2-2 and seemed to have stolen all the momentum.

But the Matadors didn’t cower or fade.

They¬†did what head coach Matt Curtis said he doesn’t know his team would have done in the last two years since he has taken over — they responded. A walk, infield single and hit by pitch loaded the bases for Ring, who laced a double into left field to score a pair of runs and give the Matadors back the lead.

An inning later, CSUN scored another four runs to put the game out of reach. Josh Goossen-Brown had the big blow with a two-run double after a pair of San Diego errors and a bunt single loaded the bases. The Matadors clean-up hitter finished with two hits to give him six in five days after he had only five during the previous month of action.

Michael Livingston and Kyle Attl joined Goossen-Brown and Ring with multi-hit performances while Louie Lechich was the only Torero to record more than one hit. Louis Cohen (1-1) picked up the win in relief for Northridge while Trevor Bayless (2-2) took the loss for San Diego. Freshman Anthony Cortez struck out the only batter he faced, All-American Kris Bryant, with two on and two out in the ninth inning to record his first career save.

Northridge snapped Bryant’s 26-game streak of reaching base (dating back to the end of last season). Bryant was held hitless for only the fifth time this season and went 0-for-5 for only the second time in his collegiate career.

Check out the 25-shot photo gallery from Tuesday afternoon’s action:

  • Josh Goossen-Brown charges down the line on a squeeze attempt.
  • Josh Goossen-Brown charges down the line on a squeeze attempt.
  • Connor Joe falls over trying to catch a ball on a controversial interference call.
  • Matt Curtis can't believe the question and polls the crowd.
  • Matt Curtis tells the umpire he has to be kidding.
  • Dan Reitzler allowed one run in 2 2/3 IP.
  • Brandon Warner was solid through five innings.
  • Chris Woolley starts the 6-4-3 DP.
  • Chris Woolley flips the ball to Andrew Daniel.
  • Andrew Daniel completes the double play despite the runner not sliding.
  • Nate Ring dives back to first base.
  • Andrew Daniel tries to square one up.
  • Kyle Attl turns the double play.
  • Connor Joe is ready defensively.
  • Michael Livingston throws to first.
  • Dillon Haupt fires errantly to first on a bunt attempt.
  • The ball hits Nate Ring in the foot.
  • Nate Ring can't make the play.
  • Kris Bryant manned right field.
  • Chester Pak makes contact.
  • Nicolas Osuna throws across the diamond, instead of tagging the runner.
  • AJ Robinson dives back to first.
  • Chester Pak gets intentionally walked with runners on second and third.
  • Kyle Attl fakes a throw to first base.
  • Louis Cohen delivers with runners on base.
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