Feb. 11, 2012
AUSTIN - Freshman Emily Vizcarra's bases-loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh brought home pinch runner Lauren Mario with the game-winning run, rallying Cal State Fullerton to a 5-4 win over UTSA in the final round-robin game for both teams on Saturday morning at the Texas Classic in Austin.
The Titans (2-1 overall) now await the result of the day's second game between Texas and Colorado State to seed a championship bracket that begins with the tournament's first semifinal game at 2 p.m. PT. The Roadrunners fell to 0-3 with the loss.
Junior Aly Fascetti (1-1) earned the win in relief, allowing just three hits and striking out two over three scoreless innings. Freshman Desiree Ybarra started, but got the no decision after allowing two earned on nine hits over four innings, striking out two without a walk.
Katy Atkins (0-1) suffered the loss for UTSA, allowing Mario's run on two hits and walking one in an inning of relief.
Senior Nicole Johnson, who finished 2-for-4 for the game, got the rally started in the seventh by lacing a one-out double to the gap in left centerfield. Mario entered to run and Eliza Crawford followed with a walk to put a pair on for the Titans. After a flyout for out number two, senior Morgan LeMond entered to pinch hit and was plunked by Atkins to load the bases and bring Vizcarra to the plate.
Taking the first two pitches for balls, Vizcarra then lined her second hit of game into left field to end the contest.
An RBI single by Nikki Goff and an error staked the Roadrunners to the early lead with a pair of runs in the second inning, but the Titans responded with three of their own in their half of the inning as an error by Roadrunners starter Haylee Staton on Jena Rubio's ground ball with the bases loaded scored Crawford to make it 2-1. After a strikeout, Carter followed with a two-run single to right field, plating Kirsten Lambertson and Vizcarra for the 3-2 lead.
RBI hits by Alaina Byers in the third and Geena Garcia in the fourth regained the lead for UTSA, but Carter, who finished with a career-high three RBI on the day, came through for Fullerton again in its half of the fourth, striking a single to left field to score Lambertson and tie the game.
Five different Roadrunners finished with two hits as UTSA pounded out 12 total in the loss.