Feb. 25, 2011
CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - Cal State Fullerton's weekend at the Cathedral City Classic got off to a rough start on Friday night as the Titans dropped their first two games of the tournament, falling to No. 7 Washington, 14-2, in five innings before an unearned run in the seventh lifted Fordham to the 1-0 victory in the nightcap.
The two losses dropped Fullerton to 2-5 overall following a 10-day layoff while the Huskies improved to 11-0 on the year and the Rams evened their record at 6-6.
Sophomore Ashley Carter led the Titans with a 3-for-5 day at the plate, standing as the only Fullerton player with multiple hits on day one of tournament action. She finished with a triple in her first at bat against Washington and added a double and single as part of a 2-for-3 night against Fordham.
In the opener, the Titans jumped out to an early lead, but the hot bats of the Huskies banged out 14 hits and took advantage of five Fullerton errors en route to the run rule win. Washington scored six times in the second inning, sending 10 batters to the plate in the process, after the Titans had scored in their half of the inning on an error that plated two.
The Huskies added seven more in the fourth, sending 13 batters to plate in the frame, but only one of the seven runs ended up earned after Fullerton committed four miscues in the inning.
Senior Ari Cervantes (2-2) suffered the loss, allowing seven earned on 11 hits in just 3 1/3 innings of work. Sophomore Aly Fascetti finished the final 2/3 of an inning, allowing six unearned runs on three hits.
Whitney Jones (2-0) earned the win in relief of starter Baily Harris, pitching 3 2/3 innings of shutout softball while surrendering only two hits and striking out four. Niki Williams led the Huskies' offense, finishing 3-for-3 with three RBI, while Victoria Hayward also collected three hits.
The nightcap featured a pitcher's duel between Fullerton's Katey Laban and Fordham's Chelsea Plimpton, as an unearned run in the top of the seventh accounted for the only scoring of the ballgame in the Rams' 1-0 win.
With both teams scoreless through six, Fordham's Lindsey Kay Bright reached on an error to lead-off the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice, and advanced to third on a passed ball to put her just 60 feet away. Meghan Shager then followed with a base hit up the middle, scoring Bright for the 1-0 lead.
After stranding runs at first and second to end the inning, the Titans' offense then had a chance to answer with the tying run, but came up 60 feet short. Freshman Lauren Mario singled off reliever Jen Mineau and went to second when the centerfielder couldn't handle the ball. Senior Torrie Anderson sacrificed her to third, but Fullerton could not find the clutch hit as Mineau struck out a pair of pinch-hitters to end the game.
Laban (0-2) battled through the complete game, surrendering seven hits (all singles) and striking out five while stranding eight Rams on base for the game - three in scoring position, including the bases loaded in the third.
Bright and Jocelyn Dearborn finished with two hits apiece for Fordham.
Should Mother Nature decide to step aside on Saturday (rain is forecast for all day in the Cathedral City area), the Titans will have just one game on the docket, facing off against Indiana at 5:30 p.m.