March 6, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton sophomore Lauren Lupinetti and junior Katie Gollhardt each hit home runs on the afternoon and senior Brooke Weekley scattered six hits in a complete-game effort to help lift the Titans to a wild 6-2 win over Loyola-Chicago on Tuesday afternoon at Anderson Family Field.
The win pushes Fullerton's record to 14-8 overall this season while the Ramblers fell to 1-6 overall.
The Titans jumped out to a quick lead in the first without benefit of a hit as Lupinetti plated Courtney Martinez with a sacrifice fly for the 1-0 lead.
That's when things got interesting for both sides as Loyola-Chicago almost took a big lead in the second.
Three straight singles by the Ramblers to lead off the inning loaded the bases and, after a pop-up, pinch hitter Krista Crosson was hit on a 1-1 pitch from Weekley to tie the game at one run apiece.
Amy Solava then struck out for out number two, but Loyola-Chicago took its first lead on a single to left by Ashley Mitchell, scoring Raven Gengler to make it 2-1, and keep the bases loaded.
That brought up Ellen Kresl, who lined shot into the gap in right centerfield for an apparent bases-clearing triple and a 5-1 advantage over the Titans.
However, that's when Cal State Fullerton dodged a bullet as an appeal was made at third base and the officials ruled that Crosson never touched third base on her way to the plate, negating all three runs on the force out at third to end the inning and keeping the Ramblers lead at 2-1.
The Titans then opened the floodgates in the fourth as Lupinetti's third home run of the season tied the game and Gollhardt followed with her second round-tripper of the year to give Cal State Fullerton the lead for good.
Weekley (2-3) earned the victory, allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings, striking out three. Solava (1-3) suffered the loss, allwoing two earned runs on three hits and one walk in three innings of work.
Six different Titans accounted for the team's hits with Doucette and Lupinetti driving in a pair.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the field on Wednesday evening (March 6) at 6 p.m. as the Titans play host to No. 16 UCLA at Anderson Family Field.