Softball Splits in Day One Action at Kajikawa Classic

Feb. 10, 2006

 

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Tempe, Ariz. - Cal State Fullerton junior Tiffany Hoff went a combined 3-for-3 on the afternoon and three other Titans had multiple hits as Fullerton split its opening games at the 2006 Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State on Friday afternoon at the Tempe Sports Complex in Tempe, Ariz.

The Titans opened play with a 5-4 win over No. 17 Fresno State, but fell in the nightcap, 5-2, to Utah State.

Cal State Fullerton returns to action on Saturday (Feb. 11) at 8 a.m. (Pacific) as the Titans open day two action against \#15/12 Oregon State and conclude the second day of play against Syracuse at 3:30 p.m. (Pacific).

GAME 1: CAL STATE FULLERTON 5, \#17 FRESNO STATE 4
Cal State Fullerton senior catcher Ashlee Weatherford broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double in the sixth and scored the eventual winning run a few pitches later as the Titans defeated No. 17 Fresno State, 5-4, to open the first day of play at the 2006 Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.

Junior Tiffany Hoff and sophomore Jenna Wheeler each had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Titans (1-0 overall) as Fullerton avenged a 12-0 loss to the Bulldogs at last year's Kia Klassic.

Junior right-hander Candice Baker (1-0) earned the win in relief of junior Brooke Weekley, allowing two runs on two hits in two innings, but striking out a pair - including Kristin Sylvester to end the game. Weekley allowed two unearned runs on three hits, walking six and striking out two.

Bulldogs' freshman Robin Mackin (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing four earned on seven hits while striking out seven in the complete game effort.

Junior Ashley Van Boxmeer walked to open the Titans' sixth and moved to second on sophomore Katie Gollhardt's single. Hoff then sacrificed both runners over to bring up Weatherford, who looped a Mackin pitch down the left field line to bring home both runners.

Two pitches later Weatherford was caught in a run down breaking from third base, but the Fresno State third baseman threw the ball away, allowing Weatherford to touch home plate and make it 5-2.

The Bulldogs wouldn't go away quietly as All-American Christina Clark slugged her first home run to lead off the seventh and Fresno State would add another run on an RBI groundout by Ashley White to make it 5-4.

However, Baker nailed down the win, striking out Sylvester swinging to end the game.

Two early errors put the Titans in a hole as Jenna Cervantez reach on an error in the first and third innings and came around to score on a sacrifice fly and bases loaded walk to Nichole Willis to make it 2-0.

Fullerton got a run back in the fourth as Hoff's single to the gap in right center plated Candice Baker, who reached on an infield single to lead off the inning, with the Titans first run of the contest, cutting the Bulldogs' lead to 2-1.

The Titans kept it close in the fifth, as Weekley and the defense stranded the bases loaded to keep the deficit at one run. Fullerton then tied it up in the fifth as Wheeler sent a full-count pitch to right field, scoring Crystal Vieyra from second base to make it 2-2.

GAME 2: UTAH STATE 5, CAL STATE FULLERTON 2
Utah State senior right-hander Heather Straight tossed six-plus innings of shutout softball and the Aggies used a five-run fifth inning to break open a scoreless contest as they handed Cal State Fullerton a 5-2 defeat on Friday night at the Tempe Sports Complex.

Straight, who held the Titans to an unearned run on four hits in her last start against Fullerton on Apr. 24, 2005, stymied the Titan bats once again, holding them to just one hit through the first five innings (a double by Amanda Kamekona to lead off the Fullerton first) and didn't allow another ball to leave the infield until Kamekona led off the sixth with a sharp single to left. Straight stranded six Titans for the game, four of those in scoring postion.

Four straight hits to open the fourth put Utah State ahead as Jessica Garnett doubled to left center, driving home a pair for the 2-0 lead. That opened the floodgates for the Aggies, who sent 10 batters to the plate in the frame, as Tara Evans followed three batters later with a bases-loaded RBI single to left and Jeanine Hernandez added a two-run single to center to make it 5-0.

The Titans finally got on the board in the seventh as sophomore Kiki Munoz led off with a double to right and scored two batters later on senior Marissa Marzan's first career home run to make it 5-2.

Hoff then strode to the plate and smacked a pinch-hit single to right and moved to second when the right fielder bobbled the ball. Whitney Kroh reentered and moved to third when Kamekona reached on an error to put runners on the corners.

However, the rally was quashed when Kamekona was thrown out at second after she thought teammate Crystal Vieyra was hit by a pitch. However, the umpire recalled Vieyra to the plate and Kamekona was ruled out after a tag.

Reliever Lindsay Benson then struck out the Titans' final batter to end the game and notch the save.

Titans sophomore Dana Crucil (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. Marzan pitched well in relief, allowing only three hits in 3 2/3 innings while striking out two.

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