March 5, 2011
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior K.C. Craddick and junior Nicole Johnson each slugged two-run home runs and senior Ari Cervantes allowed just two hits on the night as the Titans improved to 2-1 at the 2011 DeMarini Invitational with a 5-1 win over Southern Miss on Saturday night at Anderson Family Field.
The victory was Fullerton's third in its last four games as the Titans improved to 5-8 overall on the season. The Golden Eagles fell to 8-11 overall with the loss as they moved to 0-4 in the tournament at the end of day two.
Craddick's first-inning two-run shot was the first of her career as she sent the first pitch from starter Kelly Smith (2-2) over the wall in left, scoring freshman Lauren Mario ahead of her, for the 2-0 lead.
The Titans increased their lead in the third, again with Mario setting the table, as the freshman drew a four-pitch walk, was sacrificed to second and moved to third on an illegal pitch. After a change in the circle, a wild pitch by reliever Gabby Luciani brought Mario home to make it 3-0.
Johnson, trailing 0-2 in the count at one point, worked the count even before launching her first of the season to left field, scoring pinch runner Jena Rubio to make it a 5-0 ball game.
That was more than enough for Cervantes (4-4), who allowed only two hits to Michelle Takeda in the Southern Miss lineup, the second one clearing the fence in left with one out in the fourth for the Golden Eagles' only run. Cervantes finished with three strikeouts in the complete-game effort.
Johnson finished 2-for-3 to lead the Titans' offense while senior Torrie Anderson also finished with a hit, smacking a double to lead-off the sixth.
Cal State Fullerton closes out tournament play on Sunday afternoon (March 6) at 1:30 p.m. as the Titans take on Oregon State.