Feb. 13, 2010
TEMPE, AZ - After being held to just two hits in its opening contests at the Kajikawa Classic, the Cal State Fullerton softball team's offense responded in a big way on Saturday, sweeping its two games against Southern Utah and Wisconsin at the Tempe Sports Complex.
The Titans (2-2 overall) run-ruled the Thunderbirds, 14-1, in five innings in the opener while scoring two runs late to beat the Badgers, 3-1, in the second game of their doubleheader.
Anderson led-off the game with her first home run of the season and it was all downhill from there as the Titans scored three runs in the second and eight in the third inning to put the game out of reach. She would add a pair of RBI singles in the second and third innings as the top of the Fullerton order drove in seven of the 14 runs on the day.
Of the Titans' 15 hits, 13 of those were singles and nine of them drove home runs as six different players had at least one RBI. Holguin scored a pair of runs following her first two hits of the day and drove home runs with base hits in the third and fifth innings.
Sophomore Morgan LeMond also finished with two RBI, driving home runs with a sacrifice fly in the third and an RBI single in the fifth. Freshman Ashley Carter (RBI single in the third), Johnson (RBI single in the third), and freshman Gabby Aragon (RBI single in the third) also drove home runs for the Titans.
Freshman Aly Fascetti allowed just two hits in two innings of work for the no decision while redshirt freshman Katey Laban (1-0) picked up the win, allowing a run on two hits in the final three innings of work.
In the nightcap, Morgan LeMond's pinch-hit two-out RBI single in the sixth snapped a 1-1 tie and the Titans added an insurance run on an error en route to the 3-1 win over Wisconsin.
The Badgers battled back to tie in their half of the inning as Whitney Massey answered with a long ball of her own to knot the score.
Redshirt sophomore Krystal Heinle (1-1) held Wisconsin in check all afternoon, allowing just six baserunners on four this, a walk, and a hit batter while striking out 10 to earn her first win of the season. Letty Olivarez suffered the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits in the complete-game effort.
Heinle retired seven straight at one point and stranded a pair of runners in scoring position until the Titans were able to rally for the go-ahead scores.
Johnson reached on an infield single to lead-off the sixth and pinch-runner Sammie Dabbs was moved into scoring position on a sacrifice by Harrison. A ground out put Dabbs at third and a walk to Aragon put runners on the corners for LeMond, who singled to right field for the winning score.
With Aragon now on third, junior Natalie DeLeese reached on an error, allowing Aragon to score for the final 3-1 advantage. Heinle the shut the door, stranding a runner at second after a double in the sixth and getting a pop-out and fly-out in the seventh after a one-out single.
Cal State Fullerton will look to make it a winning weekend on Sunday (Feb. 14) at 1:30 p.m. as the Titans take on No. 6 Arizona in their final game of the tournament.