Feb. 21, 2010
LAS VEGAS, NV - Cal State Fullerton's Trina Harrison and Torrie Anderson each slugged first inning home runs, but it wasn't enough to hold-off hot-hitting Hawaii as the Rainbow Wahine scored 11 runs over the final three innings en route to a 12-3 win over the Titans on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, NV.
The loss extended Fullerton's losing streak to six straight games as the Titans fell to 2-8 overall on the year and finished play at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic with an 0-5 mark. Hawaii improved to 7-3 overall.
A two-out walk to Morgan LeMond brought Harrison to the plate in the first as she deposited a Kaia Parnaby pitch over the wall in centerfield for the 2-0 lead. Anderson followed with a solo shot to left to give the Titans a 3-0 lead.
However that would be all the offense Fullerton would be able to muster as the Titans collected only four hits the rest of the afternoon while the Rainbow Wahine offense revved up a late-inning rally for the victory.
Kelly Majam led off the third inning with a solo home run - one of four on the day for Hawaii - and the Rainbow Wahine tied the game on a two-run shot by Jenna Rodriguez in the fifth to make it 3-3. The floodgates opened in the sixth as a two-run home run by Jessica Iwata and a two-run double by Katie Grimes gave Hawaii the lead for good and the Rainbow Wahine added five runs in the seven thanks to a grand slam from Traci Yoshikawa and an RBI single by Rodriguez to cap the scoring.
Redshirt freshman Katey Laban suffered the loss, allowing nine runs on nine hits in the final two innings of work. Krystal Heinle started and surrendered three runs on five hits while striking out five over the first five innings.
Parnaby (5-0) remained unbeaten on the year, allowing three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out five in the complete-game effort.
Six different Titans accounted for the team's hits while Rodriguez finished 3-for-5 to lead all players.
Fullerton returns to the diamond on Wednesday (Feb. 24) at 2 p.m. as the Titans travel to Southern California rival UCLA for a single game at Easton Stadium. Fullerton then heads to the desert once again for the 2010 Cathedral City Classic hosted by Oregon State in Cathedral City, Calif., where the Titans will take on Oklahoma State, Baylor, Colorado State, Ohio State, and Syracuse beginning on Friday (Feb. 26).