Titans Split on Day Two in the Desert
Feb. 14, 2009
LAS VEGAS, NV - The Cal State Fullerton softball team earned a split for the second straight day at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, opening the day with a 1-0 victory over Virginia before falling to Utah by the score of 6-4 in the nightcap on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The Titans moved to 3-2 overall with the split while the Cavaliers fell to 6-3 and the Utes improved to 6-3.
In the opener, senior shortstop Courtney Martinez slugged her fourth home run of the season while freshman Krystal Heinle struck out six in logging her first career shutout as Cal State Fullerton defeated Virginia, 1-0, in day two action at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic.
Martinez, who hit just three home runs all of last season, led off the second inning with the only run the Titans (3-1) would need on the day, giving her six RBI for the season and Fullerton a 1-0 lead.
Heinle (3-0) would take it from there, scattering only four hits in the complete-game effort, stranding eight runners on base - including five in scoring position and the bases loaded in the fourth. Only one of the Cavaliers' four hits went for extra bases - a double by Clara Kendall in the second inning.
Karla Wilburn (5-1) suffered her first loss of the season for Virginia (6-3), allowing four hits in six innings and striking out four.
Francesca Gonzales, Torrie Anderson, and Sammie Dabbs also finished with hits for Fullerton. Gonzales, who had a single in the first inning, now has a hit in each of her first four Division I contests while Anderson extended her hitting streak to three straight games. With her home run, Martinez extended her hitting streak to five straight games dating back to the final game of the 2008 season.
In the nightcap, however, Utah took advantage of three Fullerton errors and held off a late rally by the Titans to escape with a 6-4 victory.
Fullerton left the bases loaded in the seventh after scoring twice to cut a four-run deficit in half. A four-run fifth by the Utes, keyed by a three-run blast by Sharee Fonoti, broke a 2-2 tie after two defensive miscues prolonged the inning.
The Titans rallied back as Courtney Martinez had a one-out RBI single to score Whitney Kroh and Lauren Lupinetti was hit by a pitch to load the bases with Torrie Anderson, who singled earlier in the frame, moving to third.
Freshman Trina Harrison drove home the second run of the inning with an RBI ground out, moving Courtney Martinez to third and pinch-runner Adriana Martinez into scoring position. After a walk to K.C. Craddick to reload the bases, Lindsay Palmer (1-0) struck out pinch-hitter Nicole Johnson to end the threat and the game.
Fullerton jumped on the board first, loading the bases on a pair of walks and a hit batter for Lupinetti, who was hit by a pitch herself to drive home Sheila Holguin for the 1-0 lead. The Titans, who would stand 11 runners on the night, would leave the bases loaded as Palmer struck out Harrison to end the inning.
Utah responded with a pair of runs in its half of the first on RBI hits by Whitney Holm and Angie Boardman to take the lead, but Fullerton struck back to tie the game in the third as Gonzales slugged her third home run of the season to make it a 2-2 contest.
Sophomore Ari Cervantes (0-1) suffered the loss for the Titans, allowing six runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out three in six innings of work. Palmer allowed four runs on six hits, walking seven and hitting three batters while striking out nine to earn the victory.
Courtney Martinez finished 3-for-3 to lead the Titans - her second multi-hit game of the season.
Cal State Fullerton closes out tournament play on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 15) at 1:30 p.m. as the Titans take on No. 11 Northwestern.