FULLERTON, Calif. – The Titans (2-1) had their bats come to life in what turned into an offensive duel against Pitt (3-1) on Saturday night to end day two of the Titan Classic.
The Panthers wasted no time getting the offense going as they plated their first run in the top of the first. Fullerton answered back right away though thanks to a sac fly from Zoe Richard. The Titans claimed the lead in the second thanks to a huge two-out two-RBI single from Ari Williams.
Unfortunately, Pitt responded in a big way. A leadoff home run from Zeremenko started what would become a four-run third inning for the Panthers. Three batters later, with two runners on, Hershman connected for a two-RBI double and Pitt reclaimed the lead. An RBI single from McGaffic would plate another run before the inning ended.
The Titans never gave up though, as Bryanna Ybarra drove in her first of three runs to give Fullerton a run in the third. A big shutout inning from Taylor Dockins out of the 'pen gave CSF a big momentum shift and they rode it. Some well-executed small ball (and some defensive mistakes by Pitt) led to a pair of runs and a bases loaded opportunity for Ybarra and she delivered. With a base knock up the middle, two more Titans would come into score and Fullerton opened it up to a four-run lead.
McGaffic would answer back with a solo home run in the top half of the fifth, but the Titan offense was just too hot. A Richard single and a Shianne Brannan sac fly would give the Titans another two-run inning and made it a 10-5 ballgame.
Pitt would pick up another run in the top half of the sixth and threaten in the seventh, but Dockins shut it down to give Fullerton the 10-7 victory.
Stats from the day (starting lineup)
Clemetson: 2-4, 3 R, BB, SB
Vandiver: 1-4, 2 R
Williams: 3-3, R, 2 RBI, BB
Richard: 1-3, 3 RBI
Brannan: 1-1, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB
Ybarra: 2-4, 3 RBI
Kennedy: 1-4, R
Valenzuela: 0-1, 2 SAC
Frost: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB
Parks: IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB
Dockins: Win (2-0), 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB
Fullerton will close out the Titan Classic and opening weekend as they take on the Lions of LMU at 12:30 p.m.
For the full schedule and much more from the Titan Classic, visit the Hub Page.
SUPPORT THE TITANS!
Fans can purchase tickets for various Cal State Fullerton athletic events by visiting FullertonTitans.com/Tickets. The Athletic Ticket Office can also be contacted by phone at 657-278-2783 or by email at email@example.com. The Ticket Office is located at the Titan House off of Gymnasium Drive at the eastern end of the Intramural Fields and is open from 10 am – 4 pm PT, Monday – Friday.
FOLLOW THE TITANS!
Fans can keep up with the latest in Titan Athletics by following us on Facebook (Facebook/FullertonTitans), Twitter (@FullertonTitans) Instagram (FullertonTitans) and Snapchat (FullertonTitans). In addition, the softball team has established its own Twitter (@CSUFSoftball), Facebook (Cal State Fullerton Titan Softball) and Instagram accounts (@CSUFSoftball).