Big Inning Sinks Titans in Home Opener
Feb. 28, 2012
FULLERTON, CA - Visiting Maine sent 12 batters to plate in a decisive eight-run fifth inning, pounding out 16 hits on the night to hand host Cal State Fullerton an 11-3 defeat in five innings on Tuesday night at Anderson Family Field.
The loss was the fourth-straight for the Titans, who fell to 6-11 overall on the year. The Black Bears, playing the third of a 12-game trip to Southern California, improved to 2-6 overall with the victory.
Fullerton struck early off starter Ashley Kelley (1-2), plating three unearned runs in the first inning after an error extended the frame. Three straight run-scoring hits by Nicole Johnson, Morgan LeMond, and Tiffany Sheffler staked the Titans to the early advantage as they held Maine to just three hits through the first three innings.
Things then unraveled in the fourth as the Black Bears, who entered Tuesday night's contest having scored seven runs all season, rallied to tie the game at three, loading the bases with a pair of singles and a walk off Fullerton starter Aly Fascetti. Jenny MacDowell broke up the shutout with an RBI single and Margaret Hilton brought home a run despite grounding into a double play. Lindsey Jenkins then rapped an RBI single to tie the game before a ground ball to end the inning stopped the bleeding.
Maine then put the game away in the fifth off freshman Desiree Ybarra (2-4) in relief as a one-out, two-run double by Dagmar Ralphs broke the tie and opened the floodgates for the Black Bears, who also got a two-run double from Margaret Hilton and three-straight run-scoring singles by Kristen Koslosky, EmJ Fogel (who had two hits in the inning), and Jennifer Eberhart to cap the scoring.
Kelley allowed three unearned runs on six hits in the five-inning complete game to earn the win. Ybarra allowed seven earned on eight hits and struck out two in an inning of work while Fascetti surrendered three runs on eight hits over the first four innings for Cal State Fullerton.
Six different Titans had hits on the night, three for extra bases on doubles by Sheffler and Kirsten Lambertson and a lead-off triple by Ashley Carter to start Fullerton's half of the fifth that went stranded.
Koslosky, Fogel, and Ralphs each finished with three hits to pace Maine's offense, as every Black Bears starter had at least one hit on the night.
The Titans continue their string of eight-straight home contests on Friday (March 2) afternoon as Cal State Fullerton hosts the 10-team DeMarini Invitational at Anderson Family Field. The Titans open against Florida International at 3:45 p.m. followed by a game against Southern Miss at approximately 6 p.m.