Feb. 29, 2008
FULLERTON, CA - The Cal State Fullerton softball team extended its winning streak to four straight games, winning its first two contests at the 2008 Worth Invitational on Friday night at Anderson Family Field.
The Titans (9-6-1 overall) defeated Purdue (10-3) in their opener, 5-0, before taking advantage of three errors by Texas Tech (1-13) in a five-run sixth to defeat the Red Raiders, 7-2.
Day two of the Worth Invitational begins on Saturday morning (March 1) at 9 a.m. on both softball fields on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. The Titans will meet No. 5 Florida on Saturday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. in their lone game of the day.
CAL STATE FULLERTON 5, PURDUE 0
Senior Jessica Doucette pitched a four-hit shutout with five strikeouts and Katie Gollhardt and Torrie Anderson each finished with three hits on the day as the Titans defeated Purdue, 5-0.
Doucette (4-4) stranded six Boilermakers on base on the day allowing just two runners past second base. Dana Alcocer (6-2) allowed five runs on 10 hits, walking four and striking out three in the loss.
Fullerton jumped out early once again as Kiki Munoz got the Titans on the board with an RBI single back up the middle to score Doucette, who singled to extend her hitting streak to seven straight games to lead off the inning, for the 1-0 lead.
Sophomore Sheila Holguin reached on a run-scoring fielder's choice, plating Katie Gollhardt and make it 2-0. The Titans capped the scoring with three in the sixth as Torrie Anderson led off with a double, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored when Doucette slugged her second home run of the year to make it 4-0.
Lauren Lupinetti would later add an RBI double to score Gollhardt for the final run of the day.
Anderson finished 3-for-3 with a run scored while Gollhardt was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs to lead the Titans. Four different players had hits for Purdue.
CAL STATE FULLERTON 7, TEXAS TECH 2
Cal State Fullerton freshman Christine Hiner struck out a career-high 11 batters and the Titans scored five unearned runs in the sixth to snap a 2-2 tie en route to the 7-2 come-from behind victory over the Red Raiders.
Hiner (5-2) allowed just the two runs on six hits while stranding seven Texas Tech base runners - five of those in scoring position - in the victory. Tye Coats (1-5) suffered the loss for the Red Raiders, allowing just two earned on eight hits, walking two and striking out two in 5 2/3 innings of work.
This time it was Fullerton's turn to battle back from a rare early deficit as Texas Tech plated two runs in the fourth on an infield single by Montana Patin that deflected off an infielder's glove far enough way to score Leah Legler and an RBI single to center by Jennifer Corkin for the 2-0 advantage.
The Titans got a run back in their half of the fourth as senior Kiki Munoz blasted her first home run of the year with one out over the fence in left field, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
Freshman Ari Cervantes then tied things up with one swing, slugging her first career home run - a line-drive shot to left field in the fifth - to knot the score at 2-2.
That's when things began to unravel for the Red Raiders as their defense couldn't hold back a big Fullerton rally in the sixth.
A fielding error led to the first run as pinch-runner Sammie Dabbs scored from second on the play and was immediately followed by Lauren Lupinetti, who scored all the way from first when the throw to the plate from Dabbs bounced away from the catcher and sailed to the backstop to make it 4-2.
Jenna Wheeler then followed with an RBI fielder's choice for the third run of the inning and another error on Torrie Anderson's ground ball allowed Wheeler to score all the way from first as the ball split two outfielders and skipped all the way to the fence in left centerfield.
Jessica Doucette extended her hitting streak to eight straight with an RBI single to left with two outs to complete the scoring as the Titans sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning.
Munoz finished 2-for-2 on the night while Courtney Martinez also joined her in the multiple hit club, finishing 2-for-4. Legler (2-for-3) and Corkin (2-for-3) each finished with a pair of hits for the Red Raiders.