CSUN third baseman Kevin Riley had one last chance to leave a memorable mark at home. Sure enough, Riley made his last home at-bat, one to remember.
With the score tied in the bottom of the ninth on Mother’s Day, Riley sent a no-doubt walkoff three run home run over the left field wall and CSUN send all of its moms home happy with a dramatic 5-2 win over UC Davis.
Riley was met at home with bubble gum, water and shaving-filled adulation for a team that has won three straight conferences series since being swept by UC Irvine at home on April 20-22.
“This team has been battling all season long,” Riley said. “Right now we feel we can beat any team right now. We just need to continue to work and get ready for next week.
CSUN (24-26, 12-9) with the victory maintained its second place position in the Big West standings and will face conference leader Cal State Fullerton next week in a three game series on the road. The Matadors will need to win the series to possibly obtain an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
“We’re excited about where we are at as a team,” Riley said. “It’s just about continuing to push, staying aggressive and continue to produce results.”
CSUN pitcher Matt Acosta was able to keep his team in the game after his offense managed to scrape two runs in the first five innings. Albee Weiss hit an RBI double into left field that scored Justin Toerner and Riley Conlan hit a sacrifice fly to score Trevor Casanova.
Acosta got the no decision and went six innings and allowed two runs on six hits with six strikeouts.
“My plan was simply just to get ahead of hitters,” Acosta said. “I was able to work the outside part of the plate and my defense did a great job of backing me up.”
CSUN will also attempt to end its past futility against Fullerton who has beaten the Matadors in every season series dating back to 2003.
“We are hungry and we are ready,” Acosta said. “We know that they are on top of the league but we need to show them what we are capable of. That we are not afraid.”
Mother’s Day Toss:
Before the game players from both teams had their mothers out on the mound for the first pitch. It was an even more special day for CSUN whose 12 seniors walked across the stage at graduation after the game.
Written by Ethan Hanson