March 7, 2009
LAKEWOOD, CA - Junior Sheila Holguin's sacrifice fly scored pinch-runner Sammie Dabbs with the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Cal State Fullerton a marathon, 10-9, victory over Longwood University on Saturday night at Mayfair Park in Lakewood, Calif.
The victory was the third straight for the Titans (8-11), who jumped out to an early lead after three innings only to watch the Lancers rally to tie the game and send the back-and-forth battle into extra innnings. Longwood fell to 6-8 overall with the loss.
With the international tie breaker in effect, Fullerton left the Lancers' runner stranded at second as a strikeout by Ari Cervantes (5-5) and a pair of lasers back to the circle ended the inning.
Dabbs was then placed on second in the Titans' half of the inning and was moved up 60 feet on a sacrifice by Samantha Dollarhide. A pair of intentional walks to Lauren Lupinetti and Cervantes at the bottom of the order loaded the bases for Holguin, who lifted a fly ball into right field, deep enough to plate Dabbs and end the game.
Cervantes earned the win in relief of starter Krystal Heinle, allowing one run on one hit in 3 2/3 innings, striking out three. Heinle last 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs (three earned) on six hits, walking four and striking out four in the no decision.
Briana Wells (5-7) suffered the loss for Longwood, allowing the unearned run on one hit and walking three in 2 2/3 innings of work.
Fullerton jumped out to the big lead with seven runs in the first three innings helped by a trio of home runs. Lupinetti's grand slam in the second with one out staked the Titans to a 4-0 lead and sophomore Torrie Anderson added a two-run shot later in the inning to make it 6-0.
Freshman Morgan LeMond, who hit her first career home run earlier in the day in the win over FIU, made it a 7-0 game in the third with her solo shot to lead-off the inning.
That advantage wouldn't last long, however, as Longwood rallied with a big fourth inning to tie the game, taking advantage of two Fullerton errors to send 10 batters to the plate and score seven runs.
RBI hits by Emily Radford and Courtney Long made it 7-2 and an error later in the inning allowed another run to scamper home, cutting the deficit to four. A walk and an error then loaded the bases for Nichole Simmons, who sent the second pitch she saw out of the park for a grand slam to tie the game.
An RBI double by Amy Betterton gave the Lancers the lead in the fifth, but the Titans rallied for two in their half of the inning to regain the lead as doubles by Francesca Gonzalez and K.C. Craddick made it 9-8 in favor of the Titans.
Simmons' second home run of the night tied the game in the sixth as her solo shot gave her five RBI on the night, but Cervantes shut the door from there on out, retiring the final seven batters she faced to end the game and help secure the win.
LeMond, Lupinetti, and Trina Harrison each finished with two hits on the night while six different Titans drove in runs.
Cal State Fullerton closes out the weekend on Sunday morning (March 8) at 9 a.m. as the Titans host Iowa at Anderson Family Field.