The CSUN softball team (13-12) defeated San Diego 5-0 Sunday afternoon in the finale of the Matador Classic at Matador Diamond.
Junior Rebecca Bell allowed just two base hits and four runners over seven innings to post her first career shutout while Ariana Wassmer and Karlie Habitz had two RBIs each as the Matadors toppled the Toreros.
Bell (2-2) was dealing Sunday in the final game of the tournament. Only one San Diego batter was able to solve her and a walk and hit-by-pitch were quickly erased by her defense and four strikeouts. The shutout was the first of her career and in 11 innings of action this week Bell sported a 0.64 ERA and .132 opponent batting average. For the season, Bell is 2-2 with a 3.76 ERA in 51 innings of work.
At the plate, Wassmer finished 2-for-2 and Habitz was 3-for-3 to provide the Matadors their offensive punch. Habitz started the scoring with a two-out, two-run double in the top of the third to score Savannah Horvath and Taylor Glover while Wassmer led off the fourth with a solo home run, her third of the season, to give CSUN an early 3-0 advantage.
After Wassmer homered, Tara Kliebenstein doubled to chase USD starter Megan Sabbatini from the circle. She would eventually come around to score on a fielding error off the bat of Taylor Glover. In the fifth, Wassmer added a sacrifice fly to score Habitz after she singled and moved to third on a double from Haileigh Gonzalez.
Habitz matched a season high for hits while Wassmer produced her fifth multi-RBI game of the season. Gonzalez had a sacrifice bunt and Maylynn Mitchell stole her first base of the season.
CSUN continues its homestand with the Mizuno Classic, which runs from Mar. 18-20 at Matador Diamond. CSUN will host Yale, LMU, Idaho State and UC Riverside at Matador Diamond for a total of 10 games over the three days.
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