March 14, 2010
SAN JOSE, CA - The Cal State Fullerton softball team's struggles continued on Sunday, dropping a pair of games to conclude the Titans' four-game trip to the Bay Area. Fullerton fell to Saint Mary's, 5-3, before dropping a rescheduled contest against Santa Clara, 14-9, in a slugfest at PAL Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
The losses extended Fullerton's losing streak to 11 consecutive games as the Titans fell to 3-21 overall heading into this week's Judi Garman Classic at Anderson Family Field. Fullerton will take on nationally ranked No. 15 Texas, No. 18 Louisville, No. 22 Louisiana-Lafayette, a Fresno State team that is receiving votes, and Purdue beginning on Wednesday night (March 17) at 7 p.m.
In the opener, the Titans struck for three runs out of the gate against the Gaels to knock starter Britany Linton after only six batters. Five straight singles plated the three runs and staked starter Katey Laban to the early lead.
Saint Mary's, however, rallied back with two outs in the second to take the lead for good. A walk and back-to-back singles loaded the bases for Rebecca Sabatini, who was hit by a pitch to drive in the Gaels' first run of the game.
Kayla Gonzales, who finished 3-for-3, then followed with a two-run single and Michelle Mounts followed with an RBI hit for the go-ahead run.
Katherine Delpit followed with her second home run of the season in the third to lead-off the inning and cap the scoring.
Gaels reliever Kimberly Green earned the win, allowing the Titans just two hits and striking out three over 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
Sophomore Nicole Johnson led the Titans at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Laban (1-5) suffered the loss, allowing four earned on five hits in two innings. Ari Cervantes pitched the final two innings, allowing a run on three hits.
In the nightcap, Santa Clara got home runs from Kristin Welsh and Megan Smith to help power the Broncos to the slugfest win.
Complete details for the game will be posted as soon as they are available.