Feb. 13, 2009
LAS VEGAS, NV - Cal State Fullerton sophomore Ari Cervantes scored the game-winning run on an error in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete the Titans' come-from-behind 6-5 victory over Oregon to complete day one action at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas.
Fullerton (2-1) trailed by a run heading into the last half inning before rallying against Ducks reliever Brittany Rumfelt. With one out, freshman Ariana Martinez reached on a dropped third strike and moved to second base on a single by Francesca Gonzales.
Sophomore Torrie Anderson, who homered earlier in the day against Oregon State, then tied the game with another big hit, smacking a single to left to score Martinez to make it a 5-5 game.
Rumfelt (0-2) then uncorked a wild pitch to move both Cervantes, who ran for Gonzales, and Anderson into scoring position for Lauren Lupinetti. Lupinetti then sent a ground ball to third base, where it was misplayed by the fielder, allowing Cervantes enough time to scamper home for the winning run.
The Titans had taken a 4-3 lead in the sixth after loading the bases and scoring on a bases-loaded wild pitch that scored freshman Samantha Dollarhide. However, the Ducks (3-3) battled back to regain the lead in their half of the seventh on a home run by Monique Fuiava and a wild pitch that scored Kelsey Chambers to set up Fullerton's heroics in its final at-bats.
Oregon took advantage of a fit of wildness by Titans' starter Krystal Heinle (2-0), who walked the first three batters she faced in the first inning to load the bases before getting Fuiava to fly out for the first out. That brought up Chambers, who lifted another fly ball to left, scoring Sari-Jane Jenkins for the 1-0 advantage.
Senior Courtney Martinez tied the game in the second inning, slugging her third home run of the year over the wall in left centerfield to make it 1-1.
An infield single in the third by Carlyn Re scored Neena Bryant to give the lead back to Oregon, but Fullerton answered in its half of the inning as Gonzales singled to move Sheila Holguin to third, but a throwing error by the Ducks' first baseman allowed Holguin to score and tie the game once again.
Both teams scored again in the fifth as Fuiava slugged her first home run of the game in the top half before the Titans tied things back up when Holguin's fly ball was misplayed, allowing K.C. Craddick to score from third to make it 3-3.
Heinle earned her second win of the season, battling through eight walks and allowing five runs (all earned) on eight hits while striking out two in the complete-game effort.
Sam Skillingstad started for Oregon, allowing four runs on six hits and striking out eight, but earned the no decision. Rumfelt suffered the loss, allowing two runs on two hits with two strikeouts, but did not record an out on the night.
Gonzales finished with two hits to lead the Titans and now has multiple hits in each of her first three games at the Division I level. Four other Titans finished with hits on the night.
Courtney Kivett, Fuiava, and Chambers each accounted for two hits.
Cal State Fullerton returns to action on Saturday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. as the Titans take on Virginia in day two action. Fullerton then meets Utah at approximately 6 p.m. in its final game of the day.