Titans Down Seton Hall, Lose Pitchers Duel to Oregon

Feb. 18, 2007

LAS VEGAS, NV - Cal State Fullerton split its two games at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic on Saturday night, defeating Seton Hall by the count of 12-2 in five innings before falling in a pitchers duel against Oregon, 2-0, in the night cap.

The Titans are now 4-5 overall while the Pirates fall to 0-3 and the Ducks improve to 8-1.

Fullerton closes out tournament play on Sunday morning (Feb. 18) at 11:30 a.m. as the Titans take on Sacramento State.

Cal State Fullerton 12, Seton Hall 2 (5 inn.)

Box Score - Seton Hall

Cal State Fullerton broke open a close game with a six-run fourth inning and set a season high with 12 hits as the Titans posted a 12-2 victory over Seton Hall in five innings on Saturday night in the second day of action at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.

The top of Fullerton's order combined to go 6-for-9 with seven runs scored and five runs driven in. Sophomore Courtney Martinez was 2-for-2 with three runs, a double, a home run and three RBI.

Jessica Doucette, Kiki Munoz, and Katie Gollhardt also had multiple hits on the night as eight of the nine starters had at least one hit.

Doucette (2-1) earned her second consecutive win in the circle, allowing two runs on four hits, walking two and striking out five in the victory. Ashley Constantini suffered the loss, allowing nine runs on nine hits and walking three in 3 1/3 innings of work.

The Titans got on the board first without the benefit of a hit as three walks, including an intentional free pass to Lauren Lupinetti, loaded the bases with one out. That brought up Ashley Van Boxmeer, who lifted a fly ball deep to right field to plate Doucette for the 1-0 lead.

Doucette helped her own cause in the second as she singled home Baker, who doubled with two outs, to make it 2-0. Martinez then followed on the very next pitch with a line drive two-run home run to left field, making it 4-0 in favor of the Titans.

Seton Hall got a run back in the second as Laura Baranek lined a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right centerfield to get the Pirates on the board and close the gap to 4-1. Jenna Best then followed with an RBI single in the third inning, driving home Leah Menichetti, who tripled, to make it 4-2.

The Titans then broke the game wide open, sending 12 batters to the plate during their six-run fourth inning. Martinez (RBI double), Munoz (two-run single), and Gollhardt (two-run double) each drove in runs with hits while Baker added a bases-loaded walk to drive in the final run of the inning.

Fullerton added two more runs in the fifth on a throwing error and a single by Wheeler for the final tallies.

Oregon 2, Cal State Fullerton 0

Box Score - Oregon

Back-to-back bases loaded walks in the top of the sixth snapped a scoreless tie and Oregon starter Alicia Cook scattered six hits in the complete game effort.

After battling through five scoreless innings, the Ducks broke through on the scoreboard first as Jenn Salling led off with a bunt single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Neena Bryant.

Lovena Chaput followed with a single to left to put runners on the corners. Ann Marie Topps followed with a walk to load the bases with only one out.

Baker (2-2) struck out Kristi Leiter for the second out of the inning to set the stage for Joanna Gail, who worked the count full before taking ball four to plate Salling for the 1-0 lead.

Gail was followed by Amie Morris who, like Gail, worked the count full once again before taking ball four to plate Chaput with the second run.

That would be all Cook (4-1) would need as she stranded the tying runs in scoring position in the sixth and surrendered only a single in the seventh en route to the win.

Baker (2-2) pitched well despite being saddled with the loss, allowing just six hits while striking out 13 - logging at least two strikeouts in five of the seven innings.

Lupinetti led the Titans with her 2-for-3 night while four other Titans had hits.

Fullerton left nine on base for the game - including four in scoring position. Oregon left 10 on base - seven in scoring position.

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