CSUN 3, UW 0

Rayne Raven and two relievers combined on a four hitter as the CSUN Matadors shut out the Huskies 3-0 in the finale of a three game non-conference series at Husky Ballpark on a cloudy Sunday afternoon. With the win the Matadors swept the series and dealt the Huskies (26-25) their second straight shutout loss.

For the third straight game the Huskies tallied only four hits, singles by Braden Bishop, Alex Schmidt, and Nyles Nygaard and a double by Austin Rei.

Their best chance to get on the board came when Rei doubled to lead off the fourth and moved to third on a groundout by Schmidt, but Branden Berry struck out swinging and Chris Baker grounded out to the pitcher to end the threat.

Raven (7-3) went seven innings to earn the win, allowing the four hits and one walk, to Nygaard, while striking out two. He also hit Rei with a pitch.

Joe Ryan relieved Raven and pitched a perfect eighth before Conner O'Neil retired the Huskies in order in the ninth to extend his own CSUN single season save record to 11.

The Matadors got all the offense they needed in the first when they scored their three runs against Joshua Fredendall (3-2).

Ryan Raslowsky led off with a line single to right and Elias Orona walked. Yusuke Akitoshi then laid down a sacrifice bunt but Fredendall fielded it and had a chance to force the lead runner at third. Instead he threw the ball into left field for an error, allowing Raslowsky to score the first run. Then, when Schmidt mishandled the ball for another error, Orona scored for 2-0. All the while Akitoshi ended up at second, took third on a sacrifice by Chester Pak, and scored on a groundout to second by Nolan Bumstead for 3-0.

Ryan Schmitten relieved Fredendall after only three batters and combined with Troy Rallings to give Washington nine innings of outstanding relief.

Schmitten went five innings and allowed only one hit while striking out three. In fact he set down 14 Matadors in a row before William Colantono singled with two outs in the fifth.

Rallings then came in to start the sixth and pitched four perfect innings. He also struck out three.

The Huskies return to Husky Ballpark for a season ending Pac-12 series against the Utah Utes Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24. Games 1 and 2 will begin at 7 p.m, with Game 3 slated for 3 p.m.


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