Titans Unlucky in Friday the 13th Split

May 13, 2011

Box Score - Game 1 | Box Score - Game 2

FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton's offense banged out a combined 19 hits on the night, but a late home run by visiting Cal State Northridge salvaged a split of Friday night's Big West Conference doubleheader as the Titans claimed the opener, 6-2, before the Matadors won a pitcher's duel, 3-0, in the nightcap at Anderson Family Field.

The split moved Fullerton to 23-23 overall and 12-8 in conference play while Northridge improved to 21-31 overall and 9-11 in Big West play.

A quartet of Titans (Ashley Carter, Adriana Martinez, K.C. Craddick, and Torrie Anderson) each finished with three hits on the night and the Titans got a pair of stellar pitching performances from Ari Cervantes, who allowed just six hits in the opener, and Katey Laban, who faced the minimum through six in game two before Northridge struck late.

The two teams will meet in the rubber game of the series on Saturday (May 14) at 12 p.m., with "Senior Day" festivities preceding first pitch at approximately 11:45 a.m.

GAME 1: CAL STATE FULLERTON 6, CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE 2
Morgan LeMond and Ariel Tsuchiyama each drove home a pair of runs and seven different Titans logged at least one hit on the day as Fullerton posted a 6-2 victory in the open.

The top five hitters in the lineup finished with hits and each scored a run in support of senior right-hander Ari Cervantes (16-13), who allowed just two runs on six hits while striking out three in the complete-game effort. Hannah Fraijo (12-12) suffered the loss, allowing all six runs on nine hits, walking a pair and striking out two.

Single runs in the first two innings on RBI hits by LeMond and K.C. Craddick got the Titans out to the early lead before they broke the game open with a four-run fifth to extend the advantage to 6-0. LeMond drew a bases-loaded walk after hits by Ashley Carter and Nicole Johnson around a walk to Craddick.

An RBI groundout by Torrie Anderson drove home another and Tsuchiyama's double into the right field corner was the final blow, scoring LeMond and Johnson.

Cal State Northridge answered back in the sixth, breaking up Cervantes' shutout bid as Mikayla Thielges walked with one out and scored on Tracy Allen's seventh home run of the year to center field, making it a 6-2 game. Madeline Sale then followed with a single, but Cervantes worked away from any further damage as Jessica Fridwall popped up and Tsuchiyama picked off Sale at first to end the inning.

Cervantes then retired the side in order in the seventh to nail down the win.

Carter and Adriana Martinez each finished with two hits to lead the Fullerton lineup while Allen was joined by teammate Kristen Mihm with multiple hits for the Matadors.

GAME 2: CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE 3, CAL STATE FULLERTON 0
Madeline Sale's first career home run, a three-run shot down the left field line with two outs in the seventh, was the deciding blast as the Matadors earned a split with a 3-0 shutout in the nightcap.

Sophomore Katey Laban (5-7) was perfect through 4 1/3 innings and faced the minimum through six before Northridge finally broke through in the pitcher's duel to seal its first shutout of the season. Jaci Carlsen led-off with a double, but was tagged out at third on a fielder's choice after Laban picked off a hard-hit ground ball back to the circle.

Mikayla Thielges then followed with another ground ball for the second out before Tracy Allen singled to right, bringing up Sale, who launched a 1-1 pitch just fair inside the foul pole for the only runs of the contest.

Carly Wade (7-15) then shutdown any thoughts of a rally in the bottom of the inning as Natalie DeLeese led-off with a bunt single, but a strikeout and a pair of ground balls closed the door.

Laban retired the first 13 batters in order until Sale singled to right in the fifth, but erased the runner on a double play to center when Torrie Anderson made a shoestring catch on Jessica Fridwall's bloop to center then threw on to first to catch Sale inbetween the bases. Laban allowed just four hits for the game and struck out two in the loss.

Wade pitched her first career shutout, scattering 10 hits and striking out five in the complete-game win.

Fullerton stranded eight runners on base, four in scoring position, and had two runners thrown out at the plate in the second and fourth innings.

Anderson finished 3-for-3 to pace the Titans' offense while K.C. Craddick was 2-for-2 with a walk to help pace the 10-hit attack. Sale finished 2-for-3, accounting for half of the Matadors' hits on the night.