Titans Falter in Nine Innings on Final Day of Palm Springs Classic
Feb. 25, 2007
CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - Long Island's lone hit of the game, a two-run double by Brynn Lewis in the seventh, tied the game and her sacrifice fly in the ninth drove home the game-winner as the Blackbirds defeated Cal State Fullerton, 5-4, in the final game of the 2007 Palm Springs Classic on Sunday.
The loss ends the Titans four-game winning streak as they fell to 9-7 overall and finished 4-1 in tournament play. LIU improved to 3-6 overall with the win.
The Blackbirds took advange of a fit of wildness to tie the game at 2-2 with single runs in the third and fifth thanks to four wild pitches.
Cal State Fullerton rebounded to regain the lead in the fifth as Baker reached on an error to lead off the inning and moved to second when she beat the throw at second base on Jessica Doucette's sacrifice attempt to put a pair on.
Sophomore Courtney Martinez then moved both up 60 feet with a sacrifice of her own and the Titans loaded the bases when Lupinetti was intentionally walked with two outs.
That set the stage for Katie Gollhardt, who singled to right on a 1-1 pitch, driving home both runners to take a 4-2 lead.
Long Island would not go quietly, however, as Chelsea Martinson walked to lead off the seventh, moved all the way to third on a pair of wild pitches, and stayed there while Brittany Murphy walked and pinch-runner Andrea Diaz stole second to put a pair in scoring position.
That brought up Lewis who lined a double to the fence in right field, scoring both Martinson and Diaz to break up the no-hitter and, more important, tie the game.
Fullerton was then set down in order in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
With the tiebreaker rule in effect Long Island threatened to push across the go-ahead run in the eighth, loading the bases with one out before Weekley struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
The Titans also put a pair in scoring position in the eighth, but could not bring home the winning run as reliever Blaire Porter got a lineout and a ground out to send the game to the ninth inning.
In the ninth, Mariesha Marker was placed on second and moved to third when she beat the throw on Asman's fielder's choice to put runners on the corners with one out.
That brought up Lewis who skied a ball into foul territory where it was caught by the leftfielder for the second out, deep enough to plate Marker with the go ahead run to make it 5-4.
Fullerton got its runner to third in the ninth, but Porter got out of the jam on a pair of shallow fly balls to end the game.
Baker, who was stuck with the no decision, allowed four runs on no hits in 6 1/3 innings, walking seven and charged with six wild pitches. Weekley (1-3) suffered the loss in relief, allowing the unearned run on one hit in 2 2/3 innings while striking out four.
Porter (1-3) earned the win in relief for the Blackbirds, throwing two innings of hitless relief. Jenny Giles picked up the do decision, allowing just one earned run (four overall) on eight hits in seven innings of work.
Junior Amanda Fernandez led the Titans at the plate, getting her first hit as a Titan and going 3-for-4 on the day with a run scored. Baker was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the field this weekend as the Titans host the 2007 Worth Invitational at Anderson Family Field. Fullerton opens tournament play on Friday (March 2) at 3:45 p.m. against Minnesota and follow that up with a game against Stanford at approximately 6 p.m.