March 13, 2010
BERKELEY, CA - Cal State Fullerton's offense was held to just three hits on Saturday afternoon in dropping a pair of games to East Carolina and No. 13 California as part of the California Tournament at Levine-Fricke Field in Berkeley, Calif.
After getting rained out on Friday in San Jose, the Titans (3-19 overall) fell to the Pirates, 2-0, in the opener before being defeated, 8-0, in five innings by the Golden Bears to close out the day. The losses extended Fullerton's losing streak to a school-record nine consecutive games dating back to an 8-4 win over Baylor on Feb. 27 at the Cathedral City Classic.
In the opener, East Carolina right-hander Toni Paisley tossed a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts while the Pirates struck for single runs late in the game en route to the victory.
Charina Sumner's RBI single in the fifth inning proved all ECU would need on the afternoon while Marina Gusman-Brown added an unearned insurance run in the sixth with an RBI single of her own for the final score.
Only junior Ari Cervantes was able to tally a hit off Paisley, singling to left in the third inning, as the Titans were limited to only two baserunners on the day. Sophomore Adriana Martinez reached on a fielding error in the first inning and stole second, but was stranded there. Paisley retired the final 12 batters she faced - five via the strikeout - to nail down the win.
Cervantes (1-7) limited East Carolina to just a single hit through the first four innings and worked around an error and three walks in that span to strand four Pirates in scoring position. She scattered just four hits and struck out four in the loss.
In the nightcap, California's Val Arioto allowed just two hits and struck out a dozen while Jolene Henderson finished 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI to help lift the Golden Bears to the run-rule victory.
Jace Williams' RBI single in the first got the scoring started for California, which sent 12 batters to the plate in the decisive fourth inning, scoring seven runs to put the game out of reach. All four of Henderson's RBI came in that inning, slugging a two-run home run and knocking a two-run single.
Frani Echavarria added a two-run single in the fourth while Williams drew a bases-loaded walk to drive home another to cap the scoring.
Sophomore Trina Harrison and junior K.C. Craddick had singles for the Titans in the second and third innings, respectively, but they could not muster any more offense off Arioto, who struck out at least two batters in every inning.
Redshirt freshman Katey Laban (1-4) suffered the loss for the Titans, allowing three runs on four hits and walking five in three innings of work. Aly Fascetti (one-third of an inning) and Krystal Heinle (two-thirds of an inning) finished the game for Fullerton.
The Titans conclude their Bay Area swing on Sunday morning with a pair of games, taking on Saint Mary's at 9:30 a.m. and Santa Clara at 11:30 a.m. in San Jose, Calif., as part of the South Bay Super Series at PAL Stadium.