March 2, 2012
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior Nicole Johnson homered twice and drove in four while junior right-hander Aly Fascetti earned a win and a save in the circle Friday night, helping lift the Titans to a pair of wins to close out day one of the 2012 DeMarini Invitational at Anderson Family Field.
After surrendering a first-inning run, Fullerton (8-11 overall) rallied for a 6-2 victory in its opener against Florida International (7-9) before Johnson's second home run of the night erased a one-run deficit to push the Titans past Southern Miss (4-7), 4-2.
Fullerton plays only one game on day two of the tournament on Saturday night (March 3) at 6 p.m. against Oregon State.
GAME 1: CAL STATE FULLERTON 6, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 2
Nicole Johnson homered and Cal State Fullerton took advantage of five Florida International errors to roll to a 6-2 victory Friday on the first day of the DeMarini Invitational softball tournament.
Aly Fascetti (5-6) pitched four shutout innings in relief of Desiree Ybarra to get the win for the Titans (7-11), who snapped a 4-game losing streak. FIU lost its second game of the day to fall to 7-9.
Panthers' starter Jenn Gniadek (2-5) allowed all 6 runs (4 earned) in 4 innings and took the loss.
Johnson's homer, her first of the season, went out to right field in the first inning and scored Eliza Crawford, who had singled with two outs. That erased an early 1-0 lead by the visitors, who got a double from leadoff hitter Kayla Burri and a one-out RBI single from Ashley McClain.
FIU tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the third as McClain again singled home Burri.
Fullerton responded with three runs in the bottom half. Ashley Carter tripled and scored on a ground ball by Adriana Martinez, who later came home on a double by Crawford. The latter scored on a 2-out error. Two errors by shortstop Burri produced the final Titan run in the fourth.
Fascetti allowed only two hits but walked four. A couple of line drive outs to second baseman Emily Vizcarra were most helpful. The first ended the fifth inning after Fascetti walked the bases loaded after two outs. The second ended the game as Jesse Alfonso hit into a 4-6 double play with two runners on.
GAME 2: CAL STATE FULLERTON 4, SOUTHERN MISS 2
Nicole Johnson's second home run of the night, a two-run line drive shot to centerfield, erased a one-run deficit and Desiree Ybarra and Aly Fascetti combined on a six-hitter to lift the Titans to the win in the nightcap.
Ybarra (3-4) allowed two earned on six hits in five innings to get the win, striking out three without a walk. Fascetti entered in the sixth and pitched a pair of hitless innings to nail down her first career save.
Beth Dietrich (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing three earned on eight hits while striking out six in the complete game.
Johnson's long ball came with two outs and her side trailing, 2-1, sending a 1-2 pitch from Dietrich over the wall in center to make it 3-2. Junior Ashley Carter would add a sacrifice fly in the sixth as Fascetti nailed down the win with a trio of ground balls in the seventh.
Southern Miss jumped out to the early lead in the first as one-out hits by Leslie Lejune and Taylor Brown put two on for Caroline Walker, who doubled to left center with two outs and give the Golden Eagles the 2-0 lead.
Fullerton answered with a unearned run in the fourth as senior Morgan LeMond, who finished with a pair of doubles to give her five on the season, smacked a hard double off the wall in left, moved to third on a ground out and scored when the catcher's throw on a pickoff attempt deflected into foul territory, allowing her to score and make it 2-1.
That set the stage for Johnson's heroics as Ybarra allowed only three hits from the second inning on before giving way to Fascetti to close the game.