Gromacki Earns Win No. 350 as Titans Sweep Cal Poly
March 28, 2009
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton head coach Michelle Gromacki become only the fifth coach in Big West Conference history to reach 350 career victories as the host Titans swept a doubleheader from No. 24 Cal Poly by the scores of 2-0 and 5-3 on Saturday afternoon at Anderson Family Field.
The victories lifted Fullerton's record to 14-15 overall and 2-0 in Big West play while the Mustangs fell to 21-9 overall and 0-2 in league play with the losses.
Gromacki improved her all-time record to 351-202-1 in her nine-plus seasons at the helm of the Titans' program while joining former Long Beach State mentor Pete Manarino (791), former Fullerton head coach Judi Garman (581), Pacific's Brian Kolze (516), and former UNLV coach Shan McDonald (350) at the 350-victory plateau.
The two teams conclude their series on Sunday afternoon (March 29) at 12 p.m. with a single game at Anderson Family Field.
GAME 1: Cal State Fullerton 2, \#24 Cal Poly 0
Cal State Fullerton sophomore Ari Cervantes scattered just three hits and struck five to log her second complete-game shutout of the season and the Titans scored single runs in the third and fifth innings to help lift them to a 2-0 victory in the opener.
Cervantes (9-8) was in control all afternoon, allowing just six balls to leave the infield and got help from her defense to strand five Mustangs on base to earn the win. Anna Cahn (13-5) suffered the loss, allowing one earned run on five hits and striking out 10 batters.
Senior Lauren Lupinetti got things started in the third, doubling to right centerfield and moving to third on a ground out by Cervantes. After Cahn got a strikeout, junior Sheila Holguin's grounder to shortstop was misplayed by the fielder, allowing Lupinetti to score and make it 1-0.
It stayed that way until the fifth when Fullerton got a lead-off double by senior Courtney Martinez and advanced to third on a ground out by Cervantes. That set the stage for sophomore Torrie Anderson, who smacked a ground-rule double over the wall in left centerfield, driving home Martinez to make it 2-0.
Cervantes and the Titans then shut down the Mustangs from there, retiring the side in order in the sixth and working around a walk and an infield single before inducing a ground ball to end the game.
Five different Fullerton players accounted for the team's hits as three of the five went for extra bases. Three different players had hits for Cal Poly.
GAME 2: Cal State Fullerton 5, \#24 Cal Poly 3
Cal State Fullerton junior Francesca Gonzales and senior Lauren Lupinetti each drove in a pair of runs while pitchers Krystal Heinle and Ari Cervantes combined on a five-hitter to help lift the Titans to a 5-3 victory in the nightcap.
Heinle (5-5) earned the victory, allowing three unearned runs on five hits while striking out seven in six innings of work. Cervantes earned her first career save by closing out the seventh in order, striking out a batter and getting a pair of ground balls.
Helen Pena (7-4) suffered the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits, walking a pair and striking out five in 4 2/3 innings. Anna Cahn pitched the final 1 1/3 innings in relief, allowing just one hit and striking out one.
The Titans jumped out to the early lead with a run in the second as Lupinetti was hit by a pitch and stole second. Two batters later Heinle came to the plate and helped her own cause, lacing a single down the left field line to drive home Lupinetti to make it 1-0.
Fullerton added two more in the fourth as Courtney Martinez was hit by a pitch to lead-off the inning and scored on Gonzales' fifth home run of the season to make it 3-0. Lupinetti capped the scoring with a two-run single back up the middle with a pair in scoring position to make it a five-run lead.
The Mustangs struck back in the sixth to close the gap as a dropped foul ball in the outfield and a single put a pair on for Jenna Maiden with two outs. Maiden took advantage of the extended frame and launched a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left centerfield for her first home run of the year, cutting the gap to 5-3.
However that was as close as Cal Poly could get as a foul out ended the sixth and Cervantes shut the door in the seventh to secure the sweep.
Six different Titans accounted for the team's hits on the day while Maiden was 2-for-3 to lead the Mustangs.