March 7, 2009
LAKEWOOD, CA - Cal State Fullerton freshman Morgan LeMond reached base three times - including slugging her first career home run - to help lift the Titans to a 3-1 victory over FIU on Saturday morning at Mayfair Park in Lakewood, Calif.
The win for Fullerton moved the Titans to 7-11 overall on the season as they posted back-to-back wins for only the second time this year. The Golden Panthers fell to 11-12 overall.
Sophomore righty Ari Cervantes (4-5) won her second-straight decision, allowing just the one run on six hits, walking a pair and striking out two in the complete-game victory. Paige Cassady (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits while walking four.
Fullerton got on the board first without the benefit of a hit in the second inning as LeMond drew a lead-off walk, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored when Trina Harrison's ground ball went through the legs of the first baseman and down the line in right to make it 1-0.
It was only the sixth time in 18 games that the Titans had scored first in a game this season and the first since a win over NC State on Feb. 19.
LeMond then gave the Titans the 2-0 advantage in the fourth, leading off the inning by slamming a 2-1 pitch from Cassady over the fence in left centerfield for her first career home run.
Cervantes and the defense worked out of a jam in the fourth as FIU put runners on the corners thanks to a leadoff walk and a two out hit, but a ground ball easily got the Titans out of the inning with no damage, preserving the 2-0 lead.
Torrie Anderson upped the lead to 3-0 in the fifth, slugging her fourth home run of the year to left field on a 2-1 offering from Cassady. It was the team-leading 12th RBI of the year for the sophomore outfielder, who entering the week ranked among the top 10 in the Big West in that category.
The Golden Panthers mounted another threat in the sixth as a lead-off double by Kim Rodriguez and a one-out single by Lauren Spiers put runners on the corners. Ashley McClain then broke up the shutout with an RBI groundout to plate Rodriguez and cut the deficit to 3-1.
A walk to Jessica Landau moved Spiers to second and put a pair on for Carolina Rojas, but Cervantes wriggled free, inducing an inning-ending fielder's choice to keep the Titans on top by two.
Cal State Fullerton concludes Saturday play at the Long Beach Invitational at 5:45 p.m. as the Titans take on Longwood University at Mayfair Park in Lakewood, Calif.