Feb. 4, 2006
Northridge, Calif. - The University of Nevada(0-2) dropped to 0-2 on the season after Cal State Northridge(3-2) shutout the Wolf Pack 14-0 at Matador Field in Northridge, Calif. on Saturday afternoon. The Matadors scored in six of eight innings to improve to 3-2 with the victory.
In the bottom of the second inning Nevada second baseman David Ciarlo committed two errors that led to three unearned runs. With two down and a runner on second base Ciarlo was unable to field a groundball off the bat of center fielder Johnny Coit which led to the first error and his throw was wild at first base allowing the first run to score as Coit advanced to second base. The next two hitters walked and right fielder Brett Blumenthal then delivered a two RBI double to put the Matadors on top 3-0.
CSUN scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to increase there advantage to 5-0. The Matadors tallied four runs in the fifth and sixth innings plus a single run in the seventh to make the final score 14-0. Right fielder Richard Cates belted a grand slam in the sixth inning to drive in all four runs in the inning.
Pack starter Ryan Rodriguez(0-1), the first of five Nevada pitchers, suffered the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits but just two of the runs were earned. Edwin Quirarte(1-1) pitched six shutout innings to get the victory.
Right fielder Shawn Scobee(1-for-3) and third baseman Matt Bowman(1-for-4) collected the only two Nevada hits in the game.
Blumenthal(4-for-4,4RBI) posted a game high four hits and tied Cates for game high honors with four RBI.
Nevada will look to avoid the three-game sweep in the series finale on Sunday at Matador Field. First pitch is slated for noon.