Feb. 17, 2012
BAKERSFIELD, CA - The Cal State Fullerton softball team's trip to the Central Valley opened with a split on Friday afternoon as the Titans won their opener with CSU Bakersfield, 4-0, in eight innings before the Roadrunners rallied for an 8-7 win in the nightcap at the Roadrunner Softball Complex.
Fullerton moved to 3-4 overall with the results while Bakersfield improved to 2-5 overall with its game two victory.
The Titans close out the weekend with four games this weekend at Fresno State's Bulldog Diamond. Fullerton takes on Santa Clara and the host Bulldogs beginning on Saturday morning (Feb. 18) at 10:30 a.m. and then takes on the same two teams at the same start time on Sunday morning (Feb. 19).
GAME 1: CAL STATE FULLERTON 4, CSU BAKERSFIELD 1 (8 inn.)
Scoreless through regulation, the visiting Titans plated four runs in the top of the eighth and freshman left-hander Desiree Ybarra was dominate in the circle en route to a 4-1 victory in the opener.
Ybarra (2-1) allowed a meaningless unearned run in the eighth and stymied the Roadrunners' bats to the tune of just five hits in the complete-game victory. Sarah Hoag (1-5) suffered the loss, allowing three earned on nine hits and striking out eight.
Neither team could cross home plate through seven innings, combining to leave 15 runners on base (10 for Cal State Fullerton) with 10 of those in scoring position (seven for the Titans). However, with the international tiebreaker in effect in the eighth, Fullerton's offense exploded thanks to timely hitting from the bottom of the order.
Redshirt freshman Eliza Crawford was placed on second base and was sacrificed over to third. After a walk to Anissa Young put runners on the corners, pinch-hitter Tiffany Sheffler walked to load the bases. That brought up Kirsten Lambertson to plate and the junior knocked a single to centerfield, scoring Crawford for the 1-0 lead. Sophomore Jena Rubio then followed with a bunt single that scored a pair and Leesa Harris' fly ball to left scored another for a 4-0 lead.
Laura King's two-out RBI single and an ensuing error in the outfield in Bakersfield's half of the eighth was the only offense the Roadrunners would manage off of Ybarra, scoring Bree Sandoval all the way from first to make it 4-1. Ybarra then got Amy Ricciardi to lineout to short to end the game.
Junior Ashley Carter finished 3-for-5 to lead all hitters in the game while Young also added a 2-for-3 day to help power the Titans to nine hits on the day. King finished 2-for-4 to pace Bakersfield.
GAME 2: CSU BAKERSFIELD 8, CAL STATE FULLERTON 7
Bakersfield rebounded in the nightcap, taking full advantage of four Fullerton errors and scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh to bring home the 8-7 victory.
Emily Bliss' RBI single drove home Sandoval with the winning run after an error on Sandoval's two-out ground ball that would have ended the game prolonged the contest. Karissa Viega had a game-tying single in the at bat before Bliss to tie the score as Myshayla Fryer came home.
Fullerton's Aly Fascetti (1-3) suffered the loss, despite allowing just four earned on 13 hits. Taylor DeSilva (1-0) took home the win, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out a pair in three innings of relief.
Bakersfield scored twice in the first after loading the bases on three-straight singles to start the game and added two more in the third on a two-run home run by Sara Smith for a quick 4-0 lead. Fullerton, which had been held to just two hits in the first three innings, then exploded for five in the fourth to take the lead.
Leesa Harris' RBI single to center got things started off Hoag in relief after the Titans loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter from starter Marissa Hiller. Carter and Adriana Martinez then followed with RBI singles and Crawford laced a two-run double to the gap in left center, completing the Fullerton comeback and making it 5-4.
Three Titan errors in Bakersfield's half of the fourth led to a pair of unearned runs as a dropped fly ball with the bases loaded and one out that would have ended the inning scored the tying run and another booted ground ball in the next at bat scored another to regain the lead for the Roadrunners.
After both teams went quietly in the fifth, Fullerton broke through to take the lead back in the sixth. Three-straight hits with two outs gave the Titans the 7-6 lead as Martinez singled to start the rally and scored on Crawford's second double of the game before Morgan LeMond came through with a single to left to put Fullerton back in front and set the stage for Bakersfield's winning rally.
Carter, Martinez, and Crawford each finished with two hits while the top four in the Titans' lineup accounted for seven of the team's nine hits and six of the team's seven RBI. Bliss finished 4-for-4 to lead the Roadrunners, including her game-winning hit.