Streak Comes to an End as Titans Split at Long Beach State
April 14, 2007
LONG BEACH, CA - The Cal State Fullerton softball team split its Big West Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon in Long Beach as the Titans defeated the host 49ers, 3-2, in the opener before falling, 3-0, in the nightcap at the 49er Softball Complex.
The Titans fell to 25-16 overall and 7-1 in league play with its game two loss, watching as their eight-game winning streak came to an end. Long Beach State moved to 19-21, 3-5 in the Big West.
Coupled with Cal Poly's doubleheader sweep of Cal State Northridge earlier in the day, Fullerton fell a game behind the Mustangs (32-9, 8-0) for first place in the Big West standings as Cal Poly defeated the Matadors by the scores of 10-8 and 3-1.
Timely hitting lifted Fullerton to the win in the opener as Katie Gollhardt's RBI single in the fifth proved to be the game-winner as the Titans held on for the 3-2 win.
The 49ers struck first in the second as they parlayed four walks and a hit batter into a 1-0 lead. Franciska Morlet's bases-loaded two-out walk drove home Panita Thanatharn with the first run of the game before Candice Baker struck out Whitney Radcliff to end the threat.
Fullerton rallied back for a pair of runs in the fourth off losing pitcher Bridgette Pagano as Gollhardt's ground rule double to the gap in left center drove home pinch runner Amanda Fernandez to tie the game at 1-1.
Two batters later, Baker singled down the line in left with two outs to plate Gollhardt and make it 2-1.
The Titans would add a run in the fifth as Lauren Lupinetti was hit by a pitch with one out, moved to second on a single by Kiki Munoz and scored on Gollhardt's single to right center for the 3-1 advantage.
Long Beach State made things interesting in the sixth with a run on an RBI single by Jessica Beaver after Lacy Tyler had singled and moved to third on an error by Ashley Van Boxmeer in left.
Baker then worked out of any further damage, stranding the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position by striking out Pagano to end the inning.
After Fullerton went quietly in the seventh, senior Brooke Weekley came on in the seventh, retiring the side in order - including a game-ending double-play off the bat of Radcliff - to earn her third save of the season.
Baker (15-8) earned the victory, allowing two runs on two hits in six innings, walking five and striking out seven. Pagano (12-9) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on six hits in the complete-game effort.
In game two, Long Beach State's Kelly Cross stifled the Titans' bats to the tune of three hits allowed and six strikeouts in the 3-0 shutout victory.
Cross (6-6) allowed only nine baserunners on the afternoon, including working out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth.
Jessica Beaver, Brianna Goad, and Whitney Radcliff each had RBI hits for the 49ers, who scored single runs in the first, fourth, and sixth innings en route to the victory.
Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State face off in the rubber game of the series on Sunday afternoon (April 15) at 1 p.m. in Long Beach, Calif.