Feb. 27, 2010
CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - Junior Torrie Anderson homered and drove in four runs while Natalie DeLeese and Ariel Tsuchiyama combined for three hits and three RBI to help lift Cal State Fullerton to an, 8-4, come-from-behind victory over Baylor to open day two action at the Cathedral City Classic.
The win for the Titans snapped a school-record eight-game losing streak, improving their record to 3-10 overall on the season. The Bears fell to 8-5 with the loss, snapping a three-game winning streak that saw them outscore their opponents 20-0 in that span.
Junior Ari Cervantes (1-2) earned her first victory of the season, recovering from a bumpy start to strand five runners on base in the final four innings, retiring six straight at one point, including an inning-ending 9-3 double play in the fourth. She allowed four runs on eight hits in the complete-game effort, striking out a pair.
Courtney Repka (7-3) suffered the loss for Baylor, allowing four earned on 10 hits in six innings of work.
The Bears jumped out early against Cervantes and the defense, sending nine batters to the plate and scoring three runs in the first inning. Back-to-back hits and a walk loaded the bases for Courtney Nieten, who reached on an infield single to score the first run of the game. After a fielder's choice for the first out, a single by Nicole Wesley drove home Kayce Walker for the 2-0 advantage.
A strikeout edged the Titans closer to the end of the inning, but a walk to Dani Leal with the bases loaded drove Nieten to make it a 3-0 contest.
Baylor extended its lead in the third on Bree Hanafin's solo home run to lead-off the frame, but that would be it for the Bears as the Fullerton offense took over from there.
Junior K.C. Craddick led-off the third with a walk and was safe at second base two batters later on an errant throw on Anderson's fielder's choice. Repka then posted her fourth strikeout for what would have been the third out of the inning before Kadie Baldwin singled to load the bases.
That brought up DeLeese, who drove a single to right centerfield to drive home a pair and make it a 4-2 ballgame. Cervantes stranded runners at second and third in the Bears' half of the fourth, giving her offense another chance, and it did not disappoint. Tsuchiyama led-off with a single, moved to second on a bunt single by Cervantes, and advanced to third on a fielder's choice by Craddick.
Two batters later, Anderson collected her first hit of the day, dropping a double into the gap in left centerfield to score Tsuchiyama and Craddick to tie the score. Tsuchiyama added an RBI triple after a one-out error in the fifth and Anderson slugged her fourth home run of the season - this one a two-run shot scoring Adriana Martinez ahead of her - with one out in the sixth to cap the scoring.
Martinez, Anderson, Baldwin, and Tsuchiyama all finished with two hits on the day as Fullerton finished with 10 hits as a team - the second-highest total of the season for the Titans, who had 15 hits in a win over Southern Utah on Feb. 13.
Tiffany Wesley, Walker, and Nicole Wesley all finished with two hits to lead the Bears.
Cal State Fullerton closes out day two at the Cathedral City Classic at 5:30 p.m. against Colorado State.