Feb. 14, 2010
TEMPE, AZ - Cal State Fullerton's season opening trip to the desert ended in defeat on Sunday afternoon as the Titans' offense was held to just three hits in an 8-1 loss to No. 6 Arizona to close out play at the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State in Tempe, AZ.
Wildcats' freshman Kenzie Fowler allowed only one run and struck out eight batters to improve to 4-0 overall on the year while her offense scored in four of the team's six half innings en route to the win. Redshirt sophomore Krystal Heinle (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in three innings of work before giving way to freshman Aly Fascetti, who was tagged for six runs on eight hits in relief.
Arizona (6-0) struck first in the second inning on Ballie Kirker's solo home run and made it 2-0 on an RBI single by Brittany Lastrapes in the third.
Fullerton (2-3) cut its deficit in half in its half of the fourth as sophomore Trina Harrison slugged her second home run of the weekend over the wall in right field to make it 2-1, but the Wildcats answered with two more in the fourth on RBI hits by Fowler and Lastrapes to extend the lead to 4-1 and added four more in the fifth on a grand slam by Lini Koria to cap the scoring.
Sophomore Nicole Johnson and freshman Ariel Tsuchiyama added hits for the Titans' offense, but they could not muster any more runs against Fowler, who retired the final 10 batters she faced to nail down the win.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the diamond next weekend in another desert locale, traveling to Las Vegas to compete in the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic hosted by UNLV on Feb. 19-21. The Titans will meet Oregon, Oklahoma, Utah, BYU, and Hawaii during their three-day stay.