Titans Split on Day One in Palm Springs

Titans Split on Day One in Palm Springs

Feb. 22, 2008

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CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - The Cal State Fullerton softball team opened play at the 2008 Palm Springs Classic with a split of its two games, falling to No. 18 Ohio State, 4-0, and winning a slugfest with Michigan State, 14-10, on Friday evening in Cathedral City, Calif.

The Titans moved to 5-4-1 overall on the year while the Buckeyes improved to 10-2 with a pair of wins on the day and the Spartans fell to 4-2 overall with two losses.

Senior Kiki Munoz finished the day with four hits to lead the offense while four others finished three hits.

Fullerton continues play in the desert on Saturday afternoon as the Titans take on No. 6 LSU and No. 10 Baylor.

Ohio State's Lindsay Bodeker tossed a six-hit shutout and Brittany Vanderink and Sam Marder each finished with two hits as the No. 18 Buckeyes defeated No. 23 Cal State Fullerton, 4-0, in the Titans' first game of the Palm Springs Classic on Friday afternoon in Cathedral City, Calif.

Bodeker (4-1) walked two and struck out four for OSU, standing eight runners on base - seven of those in scoring position. Fullerton freshman Christine Hiner (3-1) suffered the first loss of her career despite striking out a career-high eight batters. She allowed two earned on eight hits with just one walk.

Three straight singles got Ohio State on the board in the first as Marder's RBI hit back up the middle scored Vanderink for the 1-0 lead.

Hiner then settled down, retiring the next nine batters until the fourth when an error opened the door for two more Buckeye runs. Tory Haddad singled to lead off the inning and was ruled safe at second when the throw on Whitney Cooper's fielder's choice pulled the Titan fielder off the bag at second base.

After another fielder's choice and a ground out, a single back up the middle by pinch hitter Nic Perales plated Cooper to make it 2-0. Another RBI single by Vanderink later in the inning following a walk to Dee Dee Hillman drove home Karisa Medrano for the 3-0 lead.

Marder then added a home run to lead off the fifth that hooked around the foul pole in right for the final run.

Six different players accounted for the Titans' hits on the afternoon, with five of the six hits of the single variety.

Sophomore Sheila Holguin smacked a bases-loaded, three-run triple to the gap in right centerfield to break a 10-10 tie in the top of the seventh and help lift Cal State Fullerton to a 14-10 victory over Michigan State in the nightcap.

The Titans set season-highs for both hits (16) and runs (14) while seven Fullerton starters had multiple hits on the night. Munoz led the offense with a 3-for-4 night as did freshman Torrie Anderson, who had a two-run single as part of a four-run sixth that brought Fullerton back from a 9-6 deficit for a 10-9 lead.

The Spartans answered back with a run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game on an RBI single by Traci Nicosia to set up Fullerton's big seventh inning.

Back-to-back singles by Katie Gollhardt and Munoz were followed by a walk to Lauren Lupinetti to load the bases for Holguin, who laced a 1-0 pitch to the gap in right centerfield, clearing the bases to break the tie.

Jenna Wheeler then followed with an RBI groundout to cap the scoring and Jessica Doucette (2-3) retired Michigan State in order in the seventh to end the game.

Doucette snapped a three-game losing streak in the circle, allowing three earned on three hits in 6 1/3 innings, walking seven and striking out eight.

Fullerton got on the board quickly in the first on a run-scoring double by Lupinetti to make it 1-0. A two-run single by Lupinetti in the third made it 3-0 and the Titans seemingly broke the game open with three more in the fourth on a two-run home run by Courtney Martinez and an error for the 6-0 lead.

Michigan State got two of the runs back in the fourth on a two-run home run by Traci Nicosia, who finished 3-for-4, and then put together a big fifth inning to take its first lead of the night, plating seven runs while sending 13 batters to the plate.

Caitlin Mahoney's RBI double plated Bianca Mejia with the tying run and the Spartans would go on to score three more runs on bases loaded walks to the 7-8-9 batters in the MSU lineup for the 9-6 advantage.

Shae Bass (3-1) suffered the loss for Michigan State, allowing six runs on 10 hits, walking two and striking out one in four innings of work. Lesley Noel pitched three innings, allowing five earned on six hits, walking two and striking out two.


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