Feb. 20, 2010
LAS VEGAS, NV - The Cal State Fullerton softball team's struggles in the desert continued on Saturday afternoon as the Titans dropped a pair of games to conclude day two at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic hosted by UNLV.
Fullerton fell to a pair of Mountain West Conference opponents on the day, dropping decisions to Utah (11-3 in five innings) and BYU (10-3) to fall to 2-7 overall on the season and 0-4 in tournament play.
In the opener, the Titans fell behind early as a wild pitch plated Hannah Clements for the 1-0 Utes lead before Utah exploded for eight runs in the fourth. The first six Ute batters reached base - four of those driving home runs - as Utah sent 12 batters to the plate in building a 9-0 lead.
Fullerton's offense finally found a groove in its half of the fifth as K.C. Craddick had an RBI double to break-up the shutout and the Titans scored twice on errors in the frame to make it a 9-3 contest.
However, Utah invoked the run rule in its half of the inning on an RBI single by Whitney Holm and a run-scoring fielder's choice by Kara Foster to cap the scoring.
Ari Cervantes (0-2) suffered the loss for the Titans, allowing the first run on one hit in only two-thirds of an inning of work. Ashley Smuda clinched the win, allowing three unearned runs on four hits while striking out five in the complete-game.
Sophomore Trina Harrison finished 2-for-3 for the Titans as all four of the teams hit came from the top four batters in the lineup.
In the nightcap, BYU added to Fullerton's woes, handing the Titans their fifth consecutive defeat in a 10-3 victory. A complete recap and stats will be posted from the contest as soon as they become available.
Cal State Fullerton closes out play in Las Vegas on Sunday morning (Feb. 21) at 11:15 a.m. as the Titans take on Hawaii.