March 3, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton Amanda Kamekona's single off the pitchers glove in the eighth broke a 1-1 tie and the Titans held off a late charge by No. 11 Georgia as they eked out a 3-2 extra-inning victory to open play at the 2006 Worth Invitational on Friday afternoon at the Titan Softball Complex.
Fullerton improved to 9-7 overall with the win while the Bulldogs fell to 13-5 overall.
Trailing 1-0 entering the sixth, the Titans rallied to tie it on Kamekona's solo home run - her third of the season - to left centerfield to knot the game at 1-1.
It stayed that way until the eighth as pinch runner Whitney Kroh moved on third on a Crystal Vieyra fielder's choice and eventually came around to score when Kamekona's hot shot through the circle deflected off the pitcher's glove and into left field to make it 2-1.
The Titans added a much-needed insurance run when a ground ball from pinch-hitter Kiki Munoz was mishandled by the Georgia shortstop, allowing Kamekona to score and make it 3-1.
The Bulldogs responded with a run in the bottom of the eighth as Kelly Middleton doubled to left center, scoring Alison Horne to make it 3-2 with two outs. Georgia continued to make it interesting as Sojourner Moody singled over the head of the third baseman to put runners on the corners.
After Moody moved to second on a wild pitch, Fullerton right-hander Candice Baker got Courtney Knight to strikeout swinging to end the game.
Baker (7-2) allowed one earned run on seven hits in the complete-game victory, walking two and striking out four.
Georgia's Kasi Carroll (7-2) took the loss, allowing one earned on two hits in four innings of work.
Kamekona had all three of the Titans' hits on the day while Moody led the Bulldogs with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate.
Cal State Fullerton continues play at approximately 6 p.m. as the Titans take on No. 16 Northwestern.