Titans Rally to Defeat NC State, 9-6

Feb. 19, 2009

Box Score

FULLERTON, CA - Freshman Trina Harrison's first career hit - a three-run walk-off home run with two outs in the seventh - broke a 6-6 tie and completed Cal State Fullerton's rally from four runs down as the Titans handed NC State a 9-6 defeat on Thursday night in the opener of the 2009 Cathedral City Classic.

Harrison sent a 1-2 offering from Wolfpack righthander Lindsay Campana (1-2) over the wall in left to send Fullerton (4-3) home a winner after the Titans scored seven runs over the final three innings.

Sophomore Ari Cervantes (1-1) earned the win in relief for Cal State Fullerton, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits and striking out five in four innings of work. Campana tossed the complete game for NC State, allowing nine runs (five earned) on 13 hits, walking a pair and striking out three.

The Titans jumped out to the early lead with a pair of runs in the first as sophomore Torrie Anderson drove home the first run with an RBI single to right field and later came around to score on a wild pitch for the 2-0 advantage.

Fullerton starter Krystal Heinle, who suffered the no decision after giving up two runs on one hit and striking out five in three innings, held the Wolfpack (2-3) hitless until the third as a pair of walks put two on for NC State's Kristine Bechtholdt, who singled back up the middle to drive home both runners and tie the game at 2-2.

The Wolfpack continued to pour it on in the fourth, plating a pair of runs on bases loaded walks and an RBI single by Bridget Desbois to make it a 5-2 ballgame. Eliza Jacobellis tacked on one more run in the fifth, leading off the inning with a home run to right center for the four-run NC State advantage.

Cervantes and the defense then shut the Wolfpack down as the offense found its stride and started the comeback. Francesca Gonzales got things started with an RBI single to score Sheila Holguin in the fifth and sophomore K.C. Craddick smacked one off the third base bag into left centerfield for a two-run single that closed the gap to 6-5.

Fullerton tied the game in the sixth as Holguin singled with one out, moved to second on a ground out, and almost held up at third on Gonzales' single to left, but the ball was bobbled in the outfield, allowing Holguin enough time to scamper home and tie the game.

Cervantes and the defense worked out of a jam in the seventh as the Titans got two quick outs before the Wolfpack loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a hit batter. That brought up Claudia Cooper, who grounded a ball into the hole on the left side, but Courtney Martinez was able to get to it quickly and toss over to Gonzales for the third out to end the threat.

That set the stage for the dramatic seventh as Martinez led off with a double to the gap in right center and was sacrificed to third by Morgan LeMond. After Craddick drew a walk to put runners on the corners, Lauren Lupinetti's grounder to second was gobbled up and the throw home was just in time to erase Martinez for the first out. That brought up Harrison for the game-winner as she logged her first hit as a Titan.

Four Titans finished with two hits on the night while five others helped contribute to a season-high 13 hits. Four different players had single hits for NC State - all four driving in runs.

Cal State Fullerton continues tournament play on Friday night (Feb. 20) as the Titans take on nationally-ranked North Carolina and Nebraska beginning at 5:30 p.m.