May 21, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Three runs in the top of the fifth inning proved to be the difference as Cal State Northridge defeated Ohio State 4-3 Friday in the 2004 NCAA Division I Softball Tallahassee Regional at the Seminole Softball Complex.
After falling to fourth-ranked Florida State 1-0 just 35 minutes prior to start of the game, the Matadors regrouped in the double elimination format and now move on to face the winner of the Florida-South Florida contest Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The victory improved Cal State Northridge’s record to 35-18 while Ohio State completed the year at 35-25.
Going the distance was Matador hurler Erin Sigala as she surrendered just one earned run on six hits with four walks and one strikeout to improve to 11-3. Ohio State reliever Chelsea Baker took the loss after giving up three runs in one inning of work. Baker came on in the fourth after Buckeye starter Kristi DeVries left the game with an injured foot.
CSN did all of its damage in the fourth inning with two outs. Laura Hovestreydt started the frame with a single and moved up on a sacrifice bunt. Following a ground out, Christen Bedwell was intentionally walked. A walk to Sondra Milchiker loaded the bases and then another to Monique Lovell brought in a run. Catcher Lauren Allen followed with a two-run double that plated Bedwell and Milchiker with the winning runs.
Ohio State got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the second inning courtesy of a throwing error that allowed Jennifer Johnson to score. The Matadors evened things up a run of their own in fourth when Shannon Acevedo singled home Milchiker. The Buckeyes added one more run in the fifth as Megan Schwab brought home Karisa Evans with an RBI single.
Five different Cal State Northridge players picked up a hit with Allen collecting a pair while Acevedo drove home two runs. Milchiker was the only player for either team to cross the plate twice. Schwab and Evans had four of Ohio State’s six hits.