Cal State Fullerton Opens Vegas Trip With Split at Desert Classic
Feb. 16, 2007
LAS VEGAS, NV - The second weekend of the season for the Cal State Fullerton softball team began much like the first as the Titans split their opening day games at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic hosted by UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev., on Friday morning.
Fullerton (3-4 overall) fell to Portland State, 7-5, in eight innings before rebounding to defeat Hawaii, 3-2, in the second game of the day.
Junior catcher Kiki Munoz was one of the Titans' offensive stars of the day as she went 5-for-7 at the plate with a double and run scored. Junior Jessica Doucette also finished 4-for-8 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.
Cal State Fullerton returns to action on Saturday night as the Titans continue play in the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. The Titans will face Seton Hall at 6 p.m. and follow that up with a game against Oregon at approximately 8 p.m.
Portland State 7, Cal State Fullerton 5 (8 inn.)
Mandy Hill's two run single in the top of the eighth snapped a 4-4 tie and Jana Rae Slayton added a sacrifice fly to help lift Portland State to a 7-5 victory in eight innings to open play at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic on Friday morning in Las Vegas, Nev.
With the international tie breaker rule in effect, Fullerton pitcher Brooke Weekley (0-2) struck out Stephanie Bean to start the inning and intentionally walked Brandi Scoggins to set up the force.
Hill, however, took a 1-2 pitch to left centerfield, plating both runners for the lead. After a single by Katie Stokes moved pinch runner Jessica Maielua to third, Slayton lifted a deep fly ball to right field, enough to plate Maielua for the 7-4 advantage.
Fullerton tried to rally in the bottom half of the inning as sophomore Courtney Martinez was placed on second base and moved to third on a throwing error by the Portland State shortstop.
Senior Ashley Van Boxmeer then grounded into a fielder's choice for the first out, but Martinez scampered home to make it 7-5.
Hill (2-4) then avoided any further damage as she induced Lauren Lupinetti into a fly ball out and, after a single by Kiki Munoz, got Jenna Wheeler to strikeout to end the game. Hill finished with nine strikeouts in the win, allowing four earned on 10 hits.
The Vikings jumped out quickly as solo home runs by Bean and Slayton in the first two innings staked the Vikings to the early lead.
Portland State added another in the third as Laura Segall drew a lead-off walk and came home three batters later as a two-out single to right center by Scoggins to make it 3-0.
Lupinetti got a rally started in the fourth for Cal State Fullerton as she reached on a one-out double to right center and moved to third on Munoz's single to right.
The very next batter, the Vikings caught a break, as they erased Munoz trying to swipe second base for the second out. That proved to be pivotal as Wheeler took a 3-2 pitch deep over the centerfield fence later in her at-bat to cut the deficit to a single run at 3-2.
Scoggins got one of the runs back with a two-out flair double that landed fair just inside the left field line, scoring Segall, who singled, from second base to make it 4-2.
The Titans rallied once again, tying the game with two runs in the fifth on a run-scoring double by Jessica Doucette, who finished 3-for-4, and an RBI single up the middle by Katie Gollhardt to make it 4-4 and set the stage for extra innings.
Munoz also finished 3-for-4 on the day as the Titans banged out 10 hits on the morning.
Weekley (0-2) suffered the loss in relief for Fullerton, allowing three earned on four hits in five innings of work while striking out six. Candice Baker started the game, allowing three runs on three hits in three innings and striking out three, but was left with a no decision.
Cal State Fullerton 3, Hawaii 2
Kiki Munoz and Candice Baker each had two hits and junior Jessica Doucette earned her first pitching win as a Titan as Fullerton hung-on for a 3-2 victory over Hawaii in the second game of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.
Fullerton was the one to jump early this time as Courtney Martinez hit a soft liner down the right field line for a triple, but she came around to score on the same play when the throw to third went wide and Martinez slid in head first at the plate for the 1-0 lead.
Hawaii had a chance to tie the game in the third if not for a heads-up play by the Fullerton defense. Kate Robinson drew a lead-off walk and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice by Audrey Andrade.
After a pop-up on a bunt by Alana Power, Valana Manuma singled through the left side, apparently scoring Robinson from second. However, Robinson missed the plate coming home and Doucette threw to Munoz behind the plate to record the final out of the inning.
Hawaii threatened in the fifth putting a pair on thanks to a leadoff single by Claire Warwick and a hit batter. Doucette battled back to strike out the next two batters and induce Manuma into a fly ball to left field to end the threat.
Munoz kept things going for the Titans in the sixth as she lined a two-out double to right and came home on Ashley Van Boxmeer's first home run of the season to centerfield to give Fullerton a little larger cushion at 3-0.
The Rainbow Wahine then came through in a pinch in the seventh with two outs as pinch-hitter Amanda Taualii reached on a fielder's choice and scored one batter later on pinch-hitter Richie-Anne Titcomb's first career home run on an 0-2 pitch to left field to make it 3-2.
Pinch-hitter Kanani Warren then drew a walk to bring up Manuma, who nearly beat out a high chopper to short, but Baker threw her out to end the game.
Munoz finished 2-for-3 while Baker also managed a pair of hits on the afternoon. Doucette (1-1) went the distance, allowing two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out six.
Justine Smethurst (2-2) suffered the loss, allowing two earned on six hits while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings.