Feb. 28, 2010
CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - The Cal State Fullerton softball team was defeated in its final two contests at the 2010 Cathedral City Classic on Sunday afternoon, falling to No. 16 Ohio State by a 5-2 score and later to Syracuse, 4-1.
The losses dropped the Titans to 3-13 overall - all 16 contests played away from the comfort of home - heading into this weekend's DeMarini Invitational at Anderson Family Field. Fullerton will meet Stanford, Indiana, Florida, and Oregon State in its first home tournament of the season which begins on Friday (March 5) and runs through Sunday (March 7).
In the opener, the Buckeyes rallied for three, two-out runs in the bottom of sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie and hand Cal State Fullerton a 5-2 defeat.
Megan Coletta and Rachael Shepard smacked back-to-back doubles off Fullerton's Krystal Heinle to snap the tie after the Titans' right-hander had gotten a pair of fly ball outs to start the inning. The Buckeyes added two more runs in the frame on RBI singles by Dee Dee Hillman and Alicia Herron to cap the rally.
Winning pitcher Lindsay Bodeker, who entered with the score tied in the sixth, then set the Titans down in the order in the seventh with a pair of ground balls and a strikeout to clinch the victory.
Ohio State opened with a pair of runs off starter Ari Cervantes in the first inning as Hillman singled and stole second to start the frame and Sam Marder walked to put two on for Courtney Pruner, who grounded back to the circle for the first out. Heinle then replaced Cervantes and walked Herron to load the bases before getting Whitney Cooper to fly out for the second out of the inning.
The Buckeyes then took advantage of a bit of wildness by Heinle, working back-to-back walks off the right-hander to take the 2-0 lead.
Fullerton responded quickly in the second as sophomore Trina Harrison slugged her fifth home run of the season to lead off the inning and Heinle helped her own cause, singling home Kadie Baldwin with two outs to tie the game.
The Titans had a golden chance to take the lead in the third, loading the bases with two outs, but a ground ball got Nichols out of the inning.
Harrison finished 2-for-3 while five other Fullerton players tallied hits.
In the final game of the tournament for the Titans, Syracuse's Jenna Caira limited Fullerton to just four on the afternoon en route to the 4-1 victory.
A two-run single by Hallie Gibbs in the first off starting pitcher Katey Laban got the Orange on the board while an RBI single by pinch-hitter Meghan Boston and a run-scoring passed ball in the sixth was more than enough to clinch the victory.
Freshman Ashley Carter drew a walk to lead off the Titans' third and eventually came around to score two batters later on an illegal pitch for Fullerton's only run of the game. The Titans stranded five runners on base for the game - four of those in scoring position and a pair at third base.
Laban suffered the loss, allowing two runs on four hits in four innings while Heinle entered to pitch the final two innings, allowing one earned on three hits.