Feb. 25, 2012
Cathedral City, Calif. - Lobos Nip Titans, 5-4 Feb. 24, 2012
Kaela DeBroeck shut out Cal State Fullerton over the final four innings Friday to make an unearned run stand up for a 5-4 win over the Titans on day two of the Cathedral City Classic softball tournament.
Fullerton stranded 10 runners including eight in scoring position to fall to 1-2 in the tourney and 6-8 on the season.
Desiree Ybarra (2-2) took a tough-luck loss. The Titans made an error in each of her four innings but only the final run was unearned. She was tagged for a 4-run first inning but allowed only the unearned run in the fourth after that. A two-out, two-run single off the shortstop's glove by Jessica Lujan-Dressler and a triple by Chelsea Anaya were the big blows in the first for the Lobos. Aly Fascetti tossed two shutout innings of relief.
Fullerton tied the game with a 4-run third after unlucky results in the first two innings. Nicole Johnson doubled home Adri Martiinez and Eliza Crawford to make it a 4-2 game. Johnson came home on Tiffany Sheffler's double to left center. Sheffler then moved up on a wild pitch and tagged and scored when second baseman Anaya made a diving catch of Emily Vizcarra's soft liner in short center field, tying the game at 4-4.
The Lobos scored the decisive run in the fourth. Shenise Cox walked, moved to second on a single by Kerry Hodgins and scored when second baseman Vizcarra booted a ground ball by Jess Garcia.
Fullerton had threatened in the top half of the fourth. Leesa Harris walked and Ashley Carter singled. Martinez sacrificed but that turned out to be the first of eight straight outs for DeBroeck. She got Crawford to pop out and Johnson to fly out and allowed only one baserunner until there were two outs in the seventh. Two walks around DeBroeck's fielding error loaded the bases but Kirsten Lambertson struck out to end the game.
Fullerton had bad luck in the early innings. The Titans loaded the bases with one out in the first and LeMond hit a bullet but it went right to second baseman Anaya, who started an inning-ending double play. In the second, Sheffler was thrown out trying to steal third yet the Titans still put runners at second and third before Carter was retired on a hot smash to the first baseman.
Fullerton wraps up its play in the 4-day tourney Saturday night with games against Ohio State at 5:30 and Fordham at 8 p.m.