Titans' Offense Stymied in Las Vegas
Feb. 19, 2010
LAS VEGAS, NV - Just as a week ago in Tempe, the Cal State Fullerton softball team's bats were held in check on the opening day of tournament play in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon as the Titans dropped a pair of contests to open the 2010 Louisville Slugger Desert Classic hosted by UNLV.
Fullerton fell to Oregon, 6-0, in the opener before falling to No. 13 Oklahoma, 7-1, in its second game of the day. The Titans fell to 2-5 overall on the season with the losses.
In the opener, Oregon's Jessica Moore (2-1) limited Fullerton to two hits while striking out five and the Ducks' Samantha Pappas finished 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead their team to the shutout victory.
Freshman Aly Fascetti (0-1) was saddled with her first loss of the season, allowing four runs on eight hits in four innings of work. Junior Ari Cervantes entered in relief, but didn't fare much better, allowing two runs on one hit and walking three in three innings of work.
Allie Burger got the scoring going in the second for the Ducks with her RBI single and Pappas added a bases-clearing double in the fourth for the 4-0 lead. Blair Williamson added a two-run home run in the seventh to cap the scoring.
In the nightcap, the Sooners slugged three late-inning home runs and Haley Nix finished with three RBI to pace the Oklahoma offense.
Nix broke the scoreless tie in the first, scoring on a wild pitch, and added a three-run home run in the sixth to cap the scoring. Karolyne Long came around to score on a defensive miscue by the defense on a single by Amber Flores in the third to make it 2-0 while Flores and Lindsey Vandever added solo home runs in the fifth.
Fullerton starter Krystal Heinle (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing all seven runs on six hit while striking out five in the complete-game effort. She helped her own cause in the seventh, slugging her first career home run with one out to break up the shutout.
Kirsten Allen (1-0) earned the win in relief, allowing one run on four hits while striking out three in 4 2/3 innings of work. Michelle Gascoigne pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless, scoreless softball, but walked four and struck out two before being lifted.
The Titans left six runners on base, including the bases loaded in the third when they were trailing by only a run. Four different players had hits for Fullerton: Holguin, Baldwin, Heinle, and Ariel Tsuchiyama.
Cal State Fullerton continues tournament play on Saturday as the Titans take on Utah at 9 a.m. and BYU at 1:30 p.m.