March 15, 2009
FULLERTON - Sophomore Torrie Anderson slugged her seventh home run of the season and sophomore right-hander Ari Cervantes scattered just five hits on the afternoon to help lift host Cal State Fullerton to a 3-2 victory over No. 2 Washington on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the 2009 Judi Garman Classic at Anderson Family Field.
The Titans (12-13), who finished 4-1 to tie for the top spot with four other teams, earned their second victory over a top-10 opponent in as many nights and their sixth one-run win of the season in defeating the Huskies for the first time since 2004. Washington fell to 24-3 overall on the season while also finishing 4-1 in tournament play.
Cervantes (8-7) earned the victory in the circle for Fullerton, allowing just one earned run on five hits, walking one and striking out three in the complete-game effort. Felecia Harris (5-2) was tagged for only her second loss of the season, allowing all three runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings of work.
Cal State Fullerton scored all its runs in the third inning as freshman Samantha Dollarhide was a spark from the bottom third of the order. Dollarhide doubled to lead-off the frame and moved to third on a sacrifice by Kadie Baldwin. She didn't stay there long as she beat the throw to the plate on Cervantes' fielder's choice to make it 1-0.
Anderson then made it a 3-0 game in the very next at-bat, sending a 2-1 offering from Harris over the wall in centerfield for her team-leading seventh home run of the year. The Titans kept up the pressure as junior Sheila Holguin and freshman Morgan LeMond followed with singles to knock Harris from the game in favor of Jenna Clifton, who walked Francesca Gonzales to load the bases.
Clifton worked away from any further damage, however, stranding the bases loaded thanks to a fielder's choice and a foul pop up to end the inning.
Washington responded the very next half inning, cutting the gap to a single run with the help of a pair of Fullerton miscues. Morgan Stuart doubled with one out and scored on Lauren Greer's single up the middle when the Titans' catcher was called for obstruction, allowing Greer to move all the way to third on the throw and the error.
Amanda Fleischman then followed with a squeeze bunt back to the circle, but the throw home was dropped, allowing Greer to slide home safely and make it a 3-2 contest.
However, that was as close as the Huskies would be able to come as Cervantes and the Titans' defense stranded the tying run at third base in the fifth and retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh innings to clinch the victory.
Five different Titans accounted for the team's hits on the day while Stuart finished 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles for Washington.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the diamond next weekend as the Titans take on San Diego State in single games in San Diego on Friday at 6 p.m. and in Fullerton on Saturday at 1 p.m.