Feb. 12, 2011
TEMPE, AZ - Day two at the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State was a rough one for the Cal State Fullerton softball team as the Titans dropped both of their games Saturday afternoon to a pair of highly-regarded Big 12 programs in Tempe, AZ.
In the opener against Nebraska, Cal State Fullerton's seventh inning rally fell short as the Titans (1-3 overall) twice sent the winning run to the plate, but the Huskers wriggled off the hook for a 3-1 win.
Nikki Haget and Tatum Edwards each slugged solo home runs in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, and Gabby Banda added an RBI single to stake Nebraska (3-1) to the early 3-0 lead.
Fullerton's offense, which had been hitless through the first four innings, left the bases loaded in the fifth and finally broke through on the scoreboard in the seventh as senior Natalie DeLeese slugged her first home run of the season to left with one out in the seventh to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Senior Sammie Dabbs then followed with a walk and moved to second on Ari Cervantes' single back through the box to put a pair on for the top of the order. However, Ashley Hagemann (2-1) worked out of the jam, retiring Adriana Martinez on a pop fly and striking out pinch hitter Chelsea Durgin to end the game.
Hagemann allowed the single run on four hits while striking out 11 in the complete-game effort. Cervantes (1-1), who finished with two hits at the plate offensively, suffered the loss for the Titans, allowing three runs on five hits, but striking out six on the day.
Later in the day, Cal State Fullerton was handed a 12-1 loss in five innings by No. 22 Oklahoma State.