Feb. 27, 2011
CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - The Cal State Fullerton softball team snapped out of its recent slump in a big way Sunday afternoon, hammering out a season-high 12 hits in a win over Long Island to earn a split of its final two games at the 2011 Cathedral City Classic.
The Titans, who were edged out by Syracuse in come-from-behind fashion, 2-1, in the opener, improved to 3-7 overall while the Orange improved to 12-2 overall and the Blackbirds fell to 3-12 on the season.
Fullerton's 12 hits in the 13-4, five-inning victory over Long Island marked the second time this season the Titans finished in double digits in the hit column (they also had 10 against Oregon on Feb. 13) and the first time posting 10-or-more runs this season.
Four Fullerton players finished with multiple hits on the day as the Titans answered a three-run Blackbird first inning by sending 12 batters to plate in their half of the first, scoring seven runs to take the lead for good. Freshman Lauren Mario had a two-run triple to get Fullerton on the board while junior Nicole Johnson and freshman Eliza Crawford followed with back-to-back run-scoring doubles to five the Titans the lead.
Senoir Sammie Dabbs would drive home another with an infield single and two more runs would come home on a dropped fly ball that would have ended the inning for the 7-3 advantage. After LIU got one of the runs back in the second, the Titans added three more in the second on a bases-loaded, three-run double by Torrie Anderson, and three-more in the third on RBI hits from K.C. Craddick, Crawford, and Anderson for the final tallies.
Sophomore Aly Fascetti (1-1) earned her first career victory in relief, allowing just two hits while striking out two in 3 2/3 innings of work.
In the opener, a pitcher's duel between Fullerton senior Ari Cervantes and Syracuse's Jenna Caira was decided in the sixth inning as the Orange answered Fullerton's run in the top half with two of their own in the bottom of the inning to take home the 2-1 win.
Held to just one hit until the decisive inning, Mario rallied the Titans with a two-out single in the sixth and came around to score on an error after back-to-back singles by Craddick and Johnson for the 1-0 lead.
However, Syracuse did Fullerton one better in its half against Cervantes (2-4) as Lisaira Daniels smacked a one-out triple and scored one batter later on Lacey Kohl's single through the right side to tie the game. Hallie Gibbs continued to apply the pressure, following with a single and Jasmine Watson walked to load the bases before Cervantes struck out Ashley Dimon for the second out. The Orange would not be denied, as Morgan Nandin followed with the game-winning single to right, giving Syracuse the 2-1 lead.
Caira (8-1) then sent the Titans down in order in the seventh to end the game. She finished allowing just the unearned run on four hits while striking out six. Cervantes struck out four while scattering 10 hits, retiring six straight batters at one point before the Orange's rally.
Craddick finished 2-for-2 to lead the Titans' offense while Nandin was 3-for-3 for Syracuse.
After playing on the road for the better part of February, Cal State Fullerton will play 17 of its next 19 within the friendly confines of Anderson Family Field beginning next weekend with the 2011 DeMarini Invitational. The Titans open tournament play on Friday (March 4) against IPFW at 3:45 p.m. and Iowa at 6 p.m.
Complete tournament information can be found by clicking here.