Feb. 21, 2009
FULLERTON, CA - The Cal State Fullerton offense was held to just one run on six hits on a difficult day in the desert as the Titans were swept on their final day of the Cathedral City Classic, falling to Long Island, 5-1, and Ole Miss, 3-0, on Saturday night.
With the losses, Fullerton fell to 5-6 overall and finished tournament play with a 2-3 record.
In the opener, LIU starter Blaire Porter (2-3) allowed an unearned run on four hits and Brynn Lewis finished 3-for-5 to pace the offense, leading the Blackbirds to a 5-1 victory.
LIU got on the board in the first inning, loading the bases with one out thanks to three singles around a fielder's choice. After a strikeout, Amanda MacIntosh drew a four-pitch walk to drive home Biance Mejia for the 1-0 lead.
Back-to-back doubles in the third made it 2-0 as Lewis led off the inning with a rope down the right field line and was followed by Renae Beauchman's gapper to right center, driving home Lewis for the second run.
Three errors in the fourth extended Long Island's lead to 3-0 as Mejia came around to score on a throwing error to second base on a fielder's choice that would have ended the inning.
Fullerton finally got a run back in its half of the fourth thanks to a pair of LIU errors as sophomore K.C. Craddick's fly ball to left plated Courtney Martinez to make it a 3-1 ballgame. The Blackbirds, who stranded 16 runners on base, extended their lead further in the sixth, loaded the bases and plating two more runs on a hit batter and a walk to make it 5-1.
Sophomore Ari Cervantes (2-2), who finished 2-for-3 to pace the offense, suffered the loss in the circle, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits, walking five and striking out seven.
In the nightcap, Ashley Dowdy slugged two home runs and right-hander Becky Nye surrendered just two hits in the complete-game shutout as Ole Miss shutdown the Titans, 3-0.
Dowdy hit solo shots in the second and fifth innings and Lisa Conchos added an RBI single in the sixth to give Nye more than enough support as the Rebels stranded six Titans on base - five in scoring position.
Sophomore Torrie Anderson and senior Lauren Lupinetti each had base hits for the Titans. Krystal Heinle (3-2) suffered the loss in the circle, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out three in six innings.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the diamond on Wednesday (Feb. 25) at 4 p.m. as the Titans host UCLA at Anderson Family Field before welcoming nine other teams to Southern California for the DeMarini Invitational.