No. 21 Fullerton Earns Freeway Series Split
Feb. 9, 2008
FULLERTON, CA - The Cal State Fullerton softball team earned a split of its Saturday games at Anderson Family Field, falling to Nevada in its opener, 5-4, before posting a big upset of No. 5 Oklahoma by a 10-2 count in five innings.
The Titans improved to 2-1 overall on the year, the Wolf Pack improved to 2-2 overall, and the Sooners fell to 2-2 overall.
Play continues on Sunday morning (Feb. 10) beginning at 10 a.m. as Nevada takes on Santa Clara and is followed by Cal State Fullerton and the Broncos at approximately 12:30 p.m.
\#21 Cal State Fullerton 10, \#5 Oklahoma 2 (5 inn.)
The host Titans sent 14 batters to the plate during a 10-run second inning and freshman right-hander Christine Hiner earned her first career victory, allowing just two runs on four hits and striking out three in her debut to help Cal State Fullerton to the 10-2 win in five innings over Oklahoma.
Hiner (1-0) was making her first career start in the circle, allowing just five baserunners through the first four innings and carrying the shutout into the fifth until the Sooners' Amber Flores slugged a two-run home run to center field with one out for Oklahoma's only runs.
Seven of Fullerton's eight hits came during a wild second inning as junior Lauren Lupinetti led off with her first home run of the season and it was all downhill from there.
A two-run triple by Ari Cervantes followed four batters later and Courtney Martinez (RBI single), Kiki Munoz (RBI double), Jenna Wheeler (2-run single) and Torrie Anderson (2-run double) each had run-scoring hits later in the inning as the offense poured it on against a trio of Sooner arms in the frame.
Wheeler finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI out of the No. 7 spot, as the final three batters in the order accounted for six of the nine RBI on the day.
Four different players had hits for the Sooners while senior Lauren Eckermann (0-2) suffered the loss in the circle, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits in only 1 1/3 innings of work. Morgan Hudsonpillar followed Eckermann in the circle, allowing five runs (all unearned) on two hits in only one-third of an inning.
Jadyn Smith was the most effective arm for Oklahoma, allowing an unearned run on two hits while striking out three in 2 1/3 innings of work.
Nevada 5, \#21 Cal State Fullerton 4
A two-run single with the bases loaded by Nevada's Noelle Micka in the top of the sixth brought the Wolf Pack back from a four-run deficit and helped lift them to a 5-4 upset of No. 21 Cal State Fullerton on Saturday afternoon at Anderson Family Field.
Trailing 4-0 entering the fifth, Nevada rallied for three runs, sending nine batters to the plate. After a double and hit batter, Britton Murdock broke up the shutout with an RBI single to right field and Tyler Schafer followed with a run-scoring single of her own to close the gap to 4-2.
Kelsey Starr later drew a walk with the bases loaded to make it 4-3.
The Wolf Pack then rallied for the tying and go-ahead runs in the sixth as Sam Bias led off with a walk and moved to second when Murdock walked two batters later. Schafer followed with a bloop single to left to load the bases and bring up Micka, who lined a shot in the gap in left center on a 3-1 pitch to plate a pair for the 5-4 lead.
Nevada right-hander Katie Holverson (2-1) then wiggled out of a jam in the seven, stranding the tying run in scoring position to end the game. Holverson, the third pitcher of the day for the Wolf Pack, pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings, allowing only a seventh-inning single to Jenna Wheeler while striking out two.
Jessica Doucette (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in three innings of work, walking four and striking out a pair.
Fullerton, which banged out a season-high 11 hits, jumped out to the quick lead, scoring twice in the first with two outs. Katie Gollhardt and Kiki Munoz each singled to put a pair on for Lauren Lupinetti, who doubled to the gap in left centerfield to make it 2-0.
The Titans tacked on another run in the second thanks to an error on Jessica Doucette's single in the outfield that scored Ari Cervantes, and they added another in the fourth as Gollhardt singled home Doucette to make it 4-0.
Three Titans finished with a pair of hits as Doucette, Gollhardt, and Wheeler all finished 2-for-4. Eight of the nine starters in the batting order finished with a hit.
Cervantes made her first career start in the circle, allowing three runs on three hits, walking three and striking out a pair in four innings of work.
Schafer led all players for Nevada with her 3-for-4 afternoon, accounting for half of her team's hits on the day.
\#5 Oklahoma 1, Nevada 0
Oklahoma's Traci Dickenson finished 3-for-3 and her fourth inning home run proved to be the only run of the contest as the fifth-ranked Sooners shutout Nevada, 1-0, on Saturday morning at Anderson Family Field.
Dickenson's long drive to centerfield took the fielder all the way to the fence where it glanced off her glove and fell over to make it 1-0.
That was all OU left-hander D.J. Mathis (2-0) needed as she scattered just three hits and struck out seven in the complete-game victory. Katie Holverson (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing only the single run on six hits, walking one and striking out six.
Iver McDonald, Savannah Long, and Wendy Trott also had hits for Oklahoma while three different players tallied single hits for Nevada.