Long Ball Sinks Titans on Day Two of Kajikawa Classic
Feb. 10, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Two home runs were all Northwestern State and Western Michigan needed on Saturday afternoon to hand the Cal State Fullerton softball team a pair of losses as the Demons defeated the Titans, 2-0, in game one while the Broncos handed Fullerton a 3-1 defeat in the nightcap on day two of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
The losses drop the Titans to 1-3 overall on the season while NSU improved to 1-2 and WMU improved to 2-1.
In the opener, Fullerton senior Brooke Weekley scattered only three hits and nearly matched her career-high with 11 strikeouts, but it was the bat of her counterpart in the circle that proved to be the difference in the 2-0 loss.
The Demons' Amanda Glenn hit a two-run home run in the fourth after a lead-off double by Margaret Peterson for the only runs of the ball game.
In the circle, Glenn was equally as impressive, allowing a pair of hits to the Titans' Crystal Vieyra and one each to Courtney Martinez and Lauren Lupinetti in the complete-game victory while striking out five.
Fullerton left seven runners on base in the game - four of those in scoring position - and could not capitalize on four errors by the Demons on defense.
In game two, Western Michigan's Brittney Reist slugged a three-run home run in the second inning and starter Kyla Sullivan scattered one run on five hits while striking out five in the 3-1 Broncos victory.
Junior Kiki Munoz had two of the Titans' five hits including one in the seventh inning as Cal State Fullerton tried to rally.
Senior Ashley Van Boxmeer singled to lead off the inning and moved to second when Lupinetti was hit by a pitch. Munoz then followed with her base hit to right, but Van Boxmeer was cut down at the plate trying to score on a perfect throw from rightfielder Molly Mroczek.
Sullivan buckled down, striking out Vieyra and inducing Candice Baker into a game-ending ground out.
Baker (1-1) struck out nine in the complete game effort, allowing only three hits. Jessica Doucette had the Titans' other hit - a single to right to lead off the fourth inning.
Cal State Fullerton closes out tournament play on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (Pacific) as the Titans take on No. 4 Northwestern.