May 17, 2001
San Diego State senior righthander Sandra Durazo pitched seven shutout innings as the No. 4 seed Aztecs, in their first ever NCAA regional appearance, defeated No. 3 seed CS Northridge 2-0 in an NCAA first round West Region game at UCLA's Easton Stadium.
Durazo, from Granada Hills, faced 24 batters, giving up only one hit and striking out six. CS Northridge's only hit was a single in the first inning by Matador senior pitcher Sarah Farnworth. Farnworth, from Upland, also pitched a strong game for the Matadors, going the distance and giving up only four hits, one earned run and striking out four.
San Diego State scored one run in the second inning and added another in the third. In the second inning, with one out, Aztec junior Sarah Hershman scored on an error. Hershman had earlier reached first base on a fielder's choice and then stole second. She scored on an error by Matador freshman first baseman Shawna Lane.
In the third inning, Aztec freshman Joann Figueroa scored on an RBI single by freshman Janna Kovensky. Figueroa had reached first base on an error, moved to second on a sacrifice and advanced to third base on a ground out.
With the victory, Durazo improves to 28-13 and Farnworth is now 24-15. Durazo, the Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Year, entered the NCAA Tournament having thrown 75.0 consecutive innings. San Diego State is now 39-23 overall and advances to a second round game vs. No. 5 seed Wisconsin, tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. Earlier, Wisconsin defeated No. 2 seed Fresno State, 3-1.
CS Northridge falls to 31-23 overall. The Matadors on Friday will face the winner of today's loser's bracket contest between No. 2 seed Fresno State and No. 6 seed Coastal Carolina. Coastal Carolina lost to No. 1 seed UCLA, 8-0 in five innings.