March 14, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Texas freshman Tallie Thrasher slugged a two-run home run and the No. 8 Longhorns took advantage of five Cal State Fullerton errors as they opened the 2007 Judi Garman Classic with a 4-1 victory over the host Titans on Wednesday night at Anderson Family Field.
The loss drops Fullerton to 14-10 overall and 0-1 in tournament pool play while Texas improved to 22-3, 1-0 in tournament play.
The five miscues for the Titans were a season high as the Longhorns took advantage of one in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. Megan Willis walked to lead off the inning, stole second and advanced to third on the same play as the Fullerton fielder could not hang on to the throw that rolled into centerfield, allowing Willis to advance to third.
That brought up Kori Cook, who skied a ball to centerfield, deep enough to allow Willis to scamper home for the first run of the game.
Texas added three more in the third as Shannon Thomas reached on a ground-rule double with one out and scored on Loryn Johnson's single to left when the ball was misplayed by the fielder to make it 2-0.
That brought up Thrasher, who took an 0-1 pitch over the fence in the left field for her team-leading 10th home run of the season and a 4-0 lead.
Cal State Fullerton plated its only run of the game in the third as Candice Baker led off with a single, moved to second on a one-out bunt single by Courtney Martinez, and scored on Kiki Munoz's fielder's choice as the shortstop's throw to second base rolled into short centerfield, allowing Baker enough time to touch home.
Meagan Denny (14-2) then settled down, allowing only two hits over the final four innings to secure the win. She finished with seven strikeouts to only two walks.
Baker (8-5) suffered the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits, also walking a pair, but striking out nine in the complete-game effort.
Martinez finished 2-for-2 to lead the Titans' offense which also got hits from Jessica Doucette and Jenna Wheeler. Thomas led the Longhorns with a 2-for-4 night at the plate as the top three batters in the Texas lineup accounted for the team's four hits.
Play continues on Thursday (March 15) at 9 a.m. on both fields on the campus of Cal State Fullerton as NC State and Pacific meet on field one with Notre Dame and Arizona State locking horns on field two.
The Titans take on Penn State at approximately 6:15 p.m. in their second pool play game of the tournament at Anderson Family Field.