Feb. 12, 2012
AUSTIN - An error with the bases loaded in the sixth tied the game and a wild pitch scored Courtney Buchman with the go-ahead run as UTSA rallied and held on for a 5-3 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the consolation game of the Texas Classic in Austin on Sunday morning.
The Titans finished the tournament at 2-3 overall while the Roadrunners earned their first win of the season in improving to 1-4 overall.
Three errors were the undoing of Fullerton on the morning after a big three-run first inning staked them to an early lead. Adriana Martinez, who walked with one out, eventually came around to score the first run of the game on a wild pitch and senior Morgan LeMond jacked her first home run of the season (a two-run shot with Eliza Crawford aboard) later in the frame for the 3-0 advantage.
Haylee Staton doubled to lead-off the UTSA second and scored two batters later thanks to an error following Buchman's single to make it 3-1, but that was all the Roadrunners could manage off Titans' starter Desiree Ybarra (1-1) until the sixth as the rookie left-hander scattered just three hits over the next three-plus innings.
UTSA opened its sixth-inning rally with three consecutive singles before Ybarra struck out the next batter for the first out. That brought up Ashley Kappler, whose ground ball to the left side was misplayed, allowing Staton and Nikki Goff to score to tie the game. A wild pitch with Molly Fichtner at the plate then scored Buchman for the 4-3 advantage and a sacrifice fly by Megan Low two batters later gave the Roadrunners some breathing room.
Fullerton, which stranded nine runners on base for the game, then had a rally of its own snuffed out in the seventh as the Titans had runners at second and third before Alyssa Vordenbaum (1-1) induced a game-ending ground ball back to the circle to close it out. Vordenbaum pitched six shutout innings in relief of starter Morgan Luksa, who allowed three runs on two hits in just one inning of work.
Ybarra was stuck with the loss despite allowing just one earned on 11 hits and striking out four in the complete-game effort. Crawford and LeMond finished with two hits apiece while Martinez (who also stole her fifth base of the season), Anissa Young, and Jena Rubio also added hits.
After returning from Austin the Titans will have a busy week ahead of them, hosting nationally ranked UCLA in their home opener at Anderson Family Field on Wednesday (Feb. 15) at 6 p.m. before travelling north for a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield on Friday (Feb. 17) and two days worth of games in Fresno over the weekend, meeting Santa Clara and the host Bulldogs on Saturday (Feb. 18) and Sunday (Feb. 19).