Offense Blasts Santa Clara, 9-2, in Opener
Feb. 18, 2012
FRESNO, CA - Three Titans finished with three hits apiece to pace a season-high 15-hit attack and junior right-hander Aly Fascetti scattered just six hits for her second win of the year as Cal State Fullerton defeated Santa Clara, 9-2, in the opener of the Fresno State Round Robin on Saturday morning (Feb. 18) at Bulldog Diamond.
The win evened the Titans' record at 4-4 overall on the season as they will take on the host Bulldogs later Saturday at approximately 3:30 p.m. The Broncos fell to 1-6 with the loss and will take on Fresno State at 1 p.m.
Fascetti (2-3) went the distance, allowing just two runs and striking out one to earn the win, getting plently of help from her offense which banged out a season-high in hits. Carissa Theis (1-2) suffered the loss for Santa Clara, allowing six runs (all earned) on four hits in just one-third of an inning. Jaymi Bautista-Geiger finished for the Broncos in the circle, allowing two earned on 11 hits while striking out four in 5 2/3 innings of relief.
Jamie Wallis staked Santa Clara to the early lead with an RBI triple in the first, but the advantage didn't last long as Fullerton responded in a big way with six runs in its half of the inning. The Titans loaded the bases thanks to a walk and pair of singles to bring senior Anissa Young to the plate, who sent the second pitch she saw from Theis over the wall in centerfield for her first home run as a Titan and a 4-1 Fullerton advantage.
A walk to Lauren Mario and a single by Emily Vizcarra immediately put the pressure back on the Broncos, chasing Theis in favor of Bautista-Geiger. After both Titans moved up 60 feet on the throw on Vizcarra's single, Kirsten Lambertson's fly ball to right brought home another run and Leesa Harris' speed beat out a slow roller to third, allowing another run to score for the 6-1 advantage.
Kelly Scribner slugged her second home run of the season to lead-off the second, but that would be the closest the Broncos would come, held to just three hits and six baserunners the rest of the way. Eliza Crawford got the run back with an RBI double in the second while an error in the third and an RBI double by Young in the sixth capped the scoring.
Crawford, Vizcarra, and Morgan LeMond each finished with three hits on the day for the Titans while Young and Harris added two more apiece. Scribner was 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Broncos.