CSUN softball can’t handle Fullerton

CSUN softball right now is looking for some blue sky even when the feeling may feel a little bit more gray during its five game losing streak.

The Matadors (16-26, 1-4) were swept in its second straight Big West doubleheader, losing to Fullerton in game one 4-1 and then fell in game two 8-1.

At least in game one, there were positive signs. But those signs were swallowed up by Fullerton gloves.

With runners at first and second, Kira Cauley hit a hard line drive that was caught by Titans pitcher Sophie Frost. Frost doubled up Savannah Horvath and the frustration continued for the Matadors the rest of the way.

“I really liked the way that we were hitting the ball well in the first game,” CSUN coach Tairia Flowers said. “Sometimes though that’s the game and the hits aren’t going to all go your way. We just need to keep battling and playing through it.”

Fullerton offensively punished CSUN through designated player Deshea Hill. Hill had three RBIs in game one that was capped off by a two-run ground rule. Hill followed her performance up by going 2-for-3 in game two with an RBI.

Freshman pitcher Jillian James took the loss in game one and pitched 4 1/3 innings by allowing all four runs on five hits. Senior pitcher Kenedee Jamerson took the mound in game two after finishing off game one. Jamerson only pitched an inning and allowed four runs.

Sophomore Taylor Troost had the best performance out of the bullpen and allowed only two earned runs in three innings of work.

“I think both Taylor and Jillian did good jobs today,” Flowers said. “They made some good pitches but also learning what they can and can’t do. Today was just one of those days and we just have to grow.”

CSUN will conclude its series with Fullerton tomorrow at home. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

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