Errors Costly in Loss to No. 20 DePaul
March 12, 2009
FULLERTON, CA - Three costly errors by the Cal State Fullerton defense led to three unearned runs for No. 20 DePaul as the Blue Demons jumped out early and held off a late challenge by the Titans for a 5-4 victory on Thursday night in the second day of action at the 2009 Judi Garman Classic at Anderson Family Field.
The loss dropped the Titans to 9-13 overall and evened their record at 1-1 in tournament play. DePaul improved to 10-4 overall on the season in winning its tournament opener.
A throwing error to lead off the second inning brought up Annie Demas, who launched the first pitch she saw over the fence in right centerfield for the 2-0 advantage.
Fullerton cut the deficit in half in its half of the inning with a long ball of its own as freshman Samantha Dollarhide sent a two-out, 2-1 offering over the wall in left centerfield for her first career home run to make it 2-1.
DePaul quickly got the run back plus more in the third, taking advantage of a pair of errors to plate three runs. Shea Warren, who was hit by a pitch to lead-off the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice and stole third to bring Lynsey Ciezki to the plate, but her ground ball was mishandled to leave runners at the corners.
After Ciezki stole second, Becca Heteniak lined a double off the outstretched glove of the third baseman, scoring a pair for the 4-1 advantage. After a ground ball that would have ended the inning, Demas singled back up the middle to drive home Heteniak for the four-run advantage.
Cal State Fullerton began to chip away and rally back in the fifth as Torrie Anderson (double) and Sheila Holguin (single) led-off the inning with back-to-back hits and a wild pitch brought Anderson home from third to make it 5-2. After a walk to Morgan LeMond, Francesca Gonzales doubled off the fence in left field, driving home Holguin to make it 5-3 and move LeMond to third with still nobody out.
However, the Titans could not drive home any more runs in the inning as a pair of strikeouts and a fielder's choice erased a potential run at the plate to get Heteniak and the Blue Demons out of trouble.
The score remained that way until the seventh when Fullerton tried to mount a two-out comeback. A ground ball and strikeout put the Titans in a hole quickly, but senior Lauren Lupinetti gave them new life, slugging her second home run of the season to left field to make it 5-4.
Heteniak (5-3) allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out seven in the complete-game victory for DePaul. Cervantes (6-7) suffered the loss for the Titans, allowing five runs (two earned) on five hits and striking out six without a walk.
Anderson, Holguin, and Dollarhide each finished with two hits to pace Fullerton's offense while Heteniak and Demas accounted for four of the Blue Demons' five hits on the night.
Cal State Fullerton returns to tournament play on Friday evening (March 13) at 5:30 p.m. as the Titans take on Bowling Green. DePaul will play back-to-back games on Friday morning beginning at 9 a.m. as the Blue Demons take on No. 9 Oklahoma and No. 6 Arizona State.