Big Inning Lifts Titans Over Bowling Green
March 13, 2009
FULLERTON, CA - Freshman Samantha Dollarhide and junior Francesca Gonzales combined to drive in five of Cal State Fullerton's seven runs and freshman right-hander Krystal Heinle struck out a career-high 11 batters on Friday night to lift the Titans to a 7-3 victory over Bowling Green on day three of 2009 Judi Garman Classic at Anderson Family Field.
After trailing early, Fullerton (10-13) rebounded to score all of its runs in the fourth and fifth innings en route to the win. Dollarhide's two-run single in the fifth capped a run of four straight hits and erased a one-run deficit to give the Titans the lead for good.
Cal State Fullerton then piled it on in the fifth, sending nine batters to the plate and scoring five runs with two outs to take a commanding lead. A single by Sheila Holguin and a hit batter set the stage for Gonzales, who doubled off the fence in left centerfield to make it a 4-1 game.
An infield single by sophomore K.C. Craddick put runners at the corners for senior Lauren Lupinetti, who lifted a fly ball to left that would have ended the inning, but it was dropped by the outfielder, allowing both Craddick and Gonzales to score for the 6-1 advantage. An RBI double to left by Dollarhide later in the inning capped the scoring for the Titans.
Hayley Wiemer, who had an RBI single to give the Falcons (4-11) the early lead in the fourth, made it a 7-3 contest with a towering drive over the wall in right centerfield, scoring Melissa West ahead of her to close the gap.
Heinle (4-4) then shut the door, walking two in the seventh, but struck out a pair and got a game-ending ground ball to third base to close out the contest. The freshman won for the first time since a complete-game shutout of Virginia on Feb. 14, allowing three runs on six hits and setting a new career standard in strikeouts.
Wiemer (2-8) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs (four earned) on eight hits and striking out six without a walk.
Craddick also finished with a pair of hits for the Titans and finished with two runs scored. Rachel Proehl joined Wiemer with multiple hits on the night for Bowling Green.
Cal State Fullerton, now 2-1 in the tournament, continues play on Saturday afternoon (March 14) at 5:30 p.m. as the Titans take on No. 9 Oklahoma. Bowling Green will take on \#25 Florida State in its only game on Saturday at 11 a.m.