Feb. 25, 2012
Cathedral City, Calif. -
Mikayla Endicott tossed a 3-hit, 5-inning shutout Saturday as Ohio State blanked Cal State Fullerton, 9-0, in a Cathedral City Classic softball game shorted by the 8-run mercy rule and then Jen Mineau threw a 5-hitter to give Fordham (3-6) a 3-1 win over the Titans (6-10).
The Buckeyes (8-5) scored twice in the first before erupting for 7 runs (6 earned) in a weird fourth inning that beat Aly Fascetti (4-7).
Fullerton had only two threats. Ashley Carter led off the game with a single and Adri Martinez walked. But Endicott retired the next three hitters on her way to nine in a row. Eliza Crawford led off the CSF fourth with a single to break the spell. Nicole Johnson bounced into a force play before advancing on a wild pitch. She tried to score on a single to left by Morgan LeMond but was thrown out at the plate and the Titans never got another base runner.
Alicia Herron's triple keyed the OSU first inning. Fascetti stranded a runner in both the second and third but the roof fell in during the fourth as OSU bunched 6 singles, 2 hit batters, 2 walks and an error. Three of the hits went off the gloves of both Fascetti and shortstop Martinez. Centerfielder Carter threw out one runner at the plate and Desiree Ybarra came on to get the third out.
The Titans threatened in the third. Leesa Harris singled with one out. Ashley Carter singled off the second baseman and when the throw to short got away, Harris went onto third but Carter was cut down going for second.
Fordham tied the game in the fourth on a leadoff home run by Gabby Luety and went ahead in the fifth on a two-out, two-run shot by Paige Ortiz.
Harris walked and stole second in the fifth but was stranded. The Titans got runners to first and third with one out in the sixth but Mineau pitched out of it. The loss went to Desiree Ybarra (2-3), who worked the first five innings.