No. 9 Cal Edges Fullerton, 2-1
Feb. 27, 2009
FULLERTON, CA - A sixth inning throwing error allowed California's Frani Echavarria to score all the way from second base with the eventual game-winning run to help lift the No. 9 Golden Bears to a 2-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Friday night at the 2009 DeMarini Invitational at Anderson Family Field.
Echavarria led off the inning with an infield hit and moved to second on a sacrifice to bring up Elia Reid. Reid's chopper in front of the plate was fielded cleanly, but the throw to first base was offline, skidding down the wall in right field and allowing Echavarria time to scamper home to break a 1-1 tie.
Right-hander Valerie Arioto (4-0) and the Golden Bears (12-3) then shut down any chance of a Fullerton comeback, retiring the Titans (5-8) in order in the sixth and allowing only an infield hit in the seventh, stranding the tying run at second base.
Arioto went the distance for Cal, allowing an unearned run on two hits, walking just one and striking out 11 batters in the complete-game effort. Sophomore Ari Cervantes (2-4) suffered the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) on nine hits, walking three and striking out three, getting a pair of double plays from her defense and stranding 10 Golden Bears on base for the game.
Cal got on the board first in the fourth as Sanoe Kekahuna led off with a walk and moved into scoring position on a ground out. Another ground out advanced her to third for Elia Reid, whose chopping infield single stayed in the air long enough to allow Kekahuna to score for the 1-0 lead.
The Titans tied the game in their half of the fourth without the benefit of a hit as Cervantes reached on an error and moved to second on a bunt single by Francesca Gonzales. Torrie Anderson's sacrifice moved both runners into scoring position for Lauren Lupinetti, whose fly ball to center was deep enough to score Cervantes to make it 1-1.
The Golden Bears' Jamia Reid finished 4-for-4 to lead all players while Shannon Thomas also finished with a pair of hits for California.
Cal State Fullerton continues tournament play Saturday afternoon (Feb. 28) at 1:30 p.m. as the Titans take on Minnesota.