Feb. 12, 2010
TEMPE, AZ - The Cal State Fullerton softball team was held to just two hits on Friday as the Titans opened their 2010 season with a pair of losses at the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State in Tempe, AZ.
Both of Fullerton's hits on the day came in its opener, a 2-0 loss to Kentucky, while Northwestern's Lauren Delaney struck out 10 batters and posted her seventh career no-hitter in leading the No. 15 Wildcats to a 7-0 victory.
In the opener, a fifth-inning error by the Titans (0-2 overall) opened the door for the Wildcats to plate the only two runs they would need as Chanda Bell struck out 13 batters while allowing only three baserunners on the day on a pair of hits and a walk for Kentucky (2-1).
Desiree Mordecai led off the inning with a double to the left-center gap and came home to score when the throw on Annie Rowlands' sacrifice bunt sailed into the dugout for a two-base error and a 1-0 lead. After a pop-out an a pair of walks loaded the bases, Brittany Cervantes was hit by a pitch, allowing Rowlands to score and make it 2-0.
Bell retired the first five batters she faced until Fullerton's Sheila Holguin singled in the second and then retired 12 of the next 13 batters, allowing only a walk to Torrie Anderson in the third in that stretch, until Kadie Baldwin knocked a two-out single up the middle in the sixth.
Ari Cervantes (0-1) suffered the loss for the Titans, allowing one earned on three hits, walking three and striking out two in 4 1/3 innings. Freshman Aly Fascetti then took over, striking out one in 2 2/3 innings of perfect relief.
In game two, nationally ranked Northwestern clubbed four home runs and banged out 10 hits in support of Delaney's no-hitter as she allowed only six base runners on four walks and a pair of hit batters. Five of the six Fullerton baserunners were left in scoring position, but the Titans were unable to get the key hit to break their scoreless string to start the year.
Emily Allard finished 3-for-4 to lead all hitters while Michelle Batts finished 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI. Kelly Dyer (second inning) and Nicole Pauly (fifth inning) also slugged two-run home runs as all seven of the Wildcats' runs came via the longball.
Redshirt sophomore Krystal Heinle (0-1) suffered the loss for the Titans, allowing five runs on eight hits in six innings of work, but did strike out nine batters on the day. Fascetti was tagged for the first two runs of her career in the seventh, but both were unearned after a one-out throwing error was followed by a ground ball back to the circle that would have ended the inning. She finished with two strikeouts.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the field on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 13) with two more games in day two of the Kajikawa Classic. The Titans face-off against Southern Utah (1-1) at 12:30 p.m. before taking on Wisconsin (0-3) at 3 p.m.
Southern Utah opened tournament play with a win over Ohio University on Thursday before falling to Texas Tech in its lone game on Friday. Wisconsin opened with a loss to Texas Tech on Thursday before dropping a pair of contests to Texas A&M and California on Friday.