Titans Win Wild One to Earn Split at Palm Springs Classic

Feb. 24, 2006

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CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior Marissa Marzan and sophomore Katie Gollhardt each had three hits on the day to lead the Titans' offense to a split in first day of action at the 2006 Palm Springs Classic on Friday evening in Cathedral City, CA.

The Titans, now 6-6 overall on the season, fell to Kansas by a 4-0 count in the opener before coming back to win a wild, back-and-forth contest with Illinois-Chicago by the score of 9-7.

Fullerton continues play on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. against Maryland before closing out day two action against Oklahoma State at 5:30 p.m.

GAME 1: KANSAS 4, CAL STATE FULLERTON 0
Kansas right-hander Kassie Humphreys scattered just two hits and struck out six batters in the complete-game effort while Serena Settlemier went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and three RBI as the Jayhawks shutout Cal State Fullerton, 4-0, on Friday afternoon in the first game of the 2006 Palm Springs Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.

Humphreys (3-3) also walked four in the victory, but wasn't hurt by any of them, only surrendering hits to the Titans' Ashlee Weatherford in the third and Amanda Kamekona in the fifth. Kamekona's infield single extended her hitting streak to four games.

The Jayhawks (5-6 overall) struck first in the top of the second as Settlemier led off with a double down the left field line, was sacrificed to third and came in to score on Stevie Crisosto's RBI single through the left side for the 1-0 lead.

Kansas threatened again in the third as back-to-back singles by Val Chapple and Heather Stanley put two in scoring position for the Jayhawks' leading hitter, Destiny Frankenstein, who drew a full-count walk to load the bases for Settlemier with one away.

Settlemier took the second pitch from Candice Baker (4-2) into left centerfield off the glove of a diving Ashley Van Boxmeer for a double and clearing the bases for a 4-0 Jayhawks lead.

That's all Humphreys and the Jayhawks would need as they stranded eight Fullerton (5-6 overall) runners on base - five of those runners in scoring position.

Baker allowed four runs on five hits in just three innings of work while striking out four. It was her first loss after winning three straight last weekend in Las Vegas. Sophomore Dana Crucil tossed four innings of scoreless relief, allowing just two hits while walking five.

GAME 2: CAL STATE FULLERTON 9, ILLINOIS-CHICAGO 7
Cal State Fullerton sophomore Katie Gollhardt snapped a 7-7 tie with a two-out RBI single to center and the Titans added an insurance run on an error two batters later to clinch a 9-7 win over Illinois-Chicago on Friday night to close out the first day of play at the 2006 Palm Springs Classic in Cathedral City, CA.

Trailing by a run entering the bottom of the sixth, junior Candice Baker led off with a walk and moved to third on Jenna Wheeler's one-out single to right.

That brought up sophomore Kiki Munoz, who lifted a fly ball into foul territory in left field, deep enough to plate Baker from third with the tying run.

Gollhardt then stepped to the plate and smacked a single to center, her third hit of the game, scoring Wheeler with the go-ahead run. After a single by Marissa Marzan moved Gollhardt over to third, Fullerton added an insurance run when Marzan stole second and the catcher's throw sailed into centerfield, allowing Gollhardt to trot home easily for the 9-7 advantage.

Junior Brooke Weekley (1-1) then closed out the game, retiring the side in the seventh on a fielder's choice and a pair of strikeouts to earn her first win of the year. Weekley allowed just one hit and struck out five in two innings of relief.

Fullerton committed three errors for the game, accounting for five unearned runs.

Gollhardt finished 3-for-3 with four runs scored while Marzan and Wheeler each had multiple hits to lead the Titan offense.

The Flames jumped out quickly against Marzan, putting two unearned runs up on the scoreboard to take a 2-0 lead. Sarah Clynes led off the game with a double, was sacrificed over and scored on Nicole Robinson's fielder's choice when the throw home was dropped by the catcher for the 1-0 lead.

Nikki Rogers followed two batters later with an RBI single back up the middle to score Elizabeth Jacoby to make it 2-0.

The Titans got a run back in the bottom of the second as Jenna Wheeler led-off the inning by taking a 2-2 pitch over the left centerfield fence for her second round-tripper of the year to make it 2-1. Kiki Munoz kept the rally going, drawing a full-count walk and moving to third on Katie Gollhardt's double to left to put a pair in scoring position for Marzan, who drew a walk to load the bases.

Clynes, who entered in relief of starter Brittany McIntyre after Munoz's walk, then walked in the tying run after getting two outs as Crystal Vieyra took a full-count pitch inside for ball four, forcing home Gollhardt to tie the game at 2-2. Clynes escaped any further damage by striking out Baker to end the threat and leave the bases loaded.

Munoz gave the Titans the 3-2 lead in the third as her sharp single to right scored Ashley Van Boxmeer, who doubled and was sacrificed to third to lead off the inning. After a single by Gollhardt, Marzan followed with a double down the left field line to score pinch runner Cammi Kaichi and Gollhardt to make it 5-2.

Kelly Cross then entered in relief for the Flames and walked Molly Perez on four pitches to put a pair on with still only one out, but worked out of the jam by striking out the next two batters to end the inning.

Back-to-back one-out infield hits by UIC started a rally in the fourth, and Nicole Miller plated a run with two outs with her RBI single to left, scoring Brittany Dixon to cut the deficit to 5-3.

The Flames threatened again in the fifth as they sent nine batters to the plate, scoring four of them. UIC started with back-to-back singles to lead off the inning and, after a fielder's choice, loaded the bases on a base hit to left by pinch hitter Nicole Shepard. UIC plated a run when Dixon's ground ball was booted, allowing Melissa Marinacci to score, and the Flames tied the game at 5-5 on a sac fly by Joyce Cathey.

Another error loaded the bases again for Illinois-Chicago and the Flames took the lead when Miller was walked on a full-count pitch to force home Mallory Studzinski, who reentered for Shepard, to make it 6-5. Robinson followed with a single to left to score Dixon, but Clynes was caught in between third and home, tagged out at the plate by Munoz to end the inning.

Fullerton got one of the runs back in the fifth as the Titans loaded the bases and scored a run on Amanda Kamekona's sac fly to make it 7-6.