Titans Close Out Worth Invite With Two Wins

March 2, 2008

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FULLERTON, CA - The Cal State Fullerton softball team closed out its own Worth Invitational with a pair of victories on Sunday afternoon, defeating Oregon State and Notre Dame at Anderson Family Field.

The Titans, who have now won six of their last seven, improved to 11-7-1 overall and finished in a tie for second in the tournament with a 4-1 overall record. The Beavers fell to 9-12 overall while the Fighting Irish fell to 6-6 on the year.

In the opener, senior Jessica Doucette and junior Courtney Martinez each homered while two other players finished with a pair of hits as Fullerton defeated OSU, 6-3.

Doucette (5-4) scattered just three hits through six innings of work before the Beavers struck for three harmless runs with two outs in the seventh. The senior right-hander struck out two and stranded five baserunners on the day - three of those in scoring position.

Kelly Dyer (4-9) suffered the loss, allowing three earned on four hits in 2 1/3 innings. Stefanie Draper pitched the final 3 2/3 innings for Oregon State, allowing an earned run on three hits in relief.

Fullerton got on the board with a pair of runs in the second inning after back-to-back singles by Kiki Munoz and Sheila Holguin to lead-off the frame. That brought up Lauren Lupinetti, who laid down the sacrifice bunt to move the runners up 60 feet, but the throw to first sailed into foul territory in right field, allowing Munoz to score for the 1-0 lead and put Holguin at third.

Jenna Wheeler then followed with a deep fly ball to centerfield to bring Holguin home and make it 2-0 in favor of the Titans.

Fullerton kept the pressure on with four more runs in the third as Doucette clubbed her third home run of the year with one out and was promptly followed by Martinez, who sent a 3-1 pitch out of the yard to left field to make it 4-0.

Holguin would add an RBI single later in the inning and the Titans would tack another on thanks to an error for the 6-0 advantage.

The score remained that way until the seventh when Oregon State put together a rally with two outs. After a walk to Stefanie Ewing, Paige Lowe singled to right and moved to second when the throw went in to third base trying to get pinch-runner Kellie Roberts.

After a walk to Katelyn Miller to load the bases, Dani Chisholm followed with a triple to the fence in left, clearing the bases and closing the gap to 6-3. However, Doucette escaped any further damage as she induced McKenna Lowe into hitting a ground ball to end the game.

Munoz and Holguin each finished 2-for-3 on the day to help lead the offense while freshman K.C. Craddick logged her first career hit as a Titan in the sixth inning. Paige Lowe finished 3-for-3 to lead all players.

In the nightcap, freshman Christine Hiner (6-3) tossed a three-hit shutout and the Titans scraped together a run on a fielding error in the fifth inning to edge the Fighting Irish, 1-0.

Fullerton pushed across the only run of the contest with two outs. Martinez reached on an infield single that was deflected off Notre Dame starting pitcher Brittney Bargar (5-4) to start the rally.

Katie Gollhardt then followed with a clean single to right as Martinez rounded second and headed to third. She slid in safely, however, the throw from the outfield got by the third baseman trying to apply the tag and bounced far enough away to allow Martinez to scamper home with the game's only run.

Hiner and the defense then took control from there, retiring the side in order in the sixth and surrendering a lead-off single in the seventh before getting a strikeout and a pair of ground balls to end the game.

Hiner retired eight in a row at one point and finished with six strikeouts in her ninth complete-game effort and her third shutout of the season. She stranded potential go-ahead runners at third base in the first and fifth innings.

Bargar was the hard-luck loser, allowing the unearned run on seven hits, walking one and striking out four. The Fighting Irish stranded eight Fullerton base runners for the game - including the bases loaded in the second inning - and five in scoring position.

Gollhardt and Holguin each finished 2-for-3 on the day while three other Titans logged single hits.

Cal State Fullerton returns to the field on Thursday (March 6) 6 p.m. as the Titans play host to Loyola Chicago at Anderson Family Field.

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