March 3, 2012
FULLERTON, CA - Three Oregon State batters finished with two hits apiece while Paige Hall belted her fourth home run of the season while earning a save on Saturday night, helping the Beavers to a 5-2 win over Cal State Fullerton to close out day two at the 2012 DeMarini Invitational at Anderson Family Field.
The loss dropped the Titans to 8-12 overall on the season and 2-1 in the tournament while Oregon State rolled up its ninth-straight victory in improving to 17-4 overall and 4-0 in tournament play.
Fullerton was first on the board without the benefit of the hit against starter Tina Andreana (4-3), getting an error and a pair of hit batters to load the bases for Morgan LeMond, whose ground ball to the right side was enough to plate Adriana Martinez for the 1-0 lead.
Hall then gave the Beavers the lead for good off Titans' starter Desiree Ybarra (3-5), slugging her fourth home run of the year down the line in left field, scoring Desiree Beltran ahead of her for the 2-1 advantage. Ybarra then settled down, retiring seven consecutive hitters at one point before running into trouble in the fifth as three-straight singles by Oregon State loaded the bases with no outs.
The arm of Ashley Carter in centerfield got Fullerton's first two outs of the inning as Hannah Bouska's fly ball to center was caught and fired home to catcher Kirsten Lambertson, who applied the tag on Lea Cavestany for the double play. Junior Aly Fascetti then entered in relief for the Titans and was greeting by Santana's infield hit to the left side, driving home Ya Garcia for the 3-1 advantage.
Andreana had held the Titans to without a hit until the fifth when Fullerton was able to pull back to within a run. A one-out walk to Anissa Young after Lambertson was injured on a foul ball set the stage for Leesa Harris, whose perfectly placed ball back to the circle was thrown away to an empty first base bag, allowing runners to reach second and third. A fielder's choice by Carter erased a runner at the plate, but a wild pitch with Martinez at the plate allowed Harris to scoot home and make it 3-2.
Oregon State then got out of the jam with a ground ball back to the circle, stranding Carter at third after she moved up 120 feet on the wild pitch.
A walk and a pair of wild pitches led to another Beavers' run in the sixth and Beltran added an RBI single in the seventh, but Fullerton continued to apply pressure on offense, loading the bases with one out in the sixth. Crawford walked to lead-off the inning and senior Nicole Johnson singled to center to put two on and chase Andreana from the game in favor of Hall.
After a ground ball put two in scoring position, Hall walked Tiffany Sheffler to load the bases, but a fielder's choice and a strikeout got Oregon State out of the jam. Fullerton stranded seven runners on base - five of those coming in the final three innings - and five in scoring position on the night.
Andreana allowed a pair of unearned runs on two hits over five innings to get the win, while Hall earned her third save of the season, allowing just one hit in the final two frames. Ybarra suffered the loss, allowing three runs on five hits, while Fascetti gave up two runs on four hits, walking three, in 2 1/3 innings of work.
Cal State Fullerton closes out tournament play on Sunday (March 4) at 1:30 p.m. as the Titans host Michigan State in the final game of the day.