March 19, 2010
FULLERTON, CA - Senior Kadie Baldwin drove in a pair of runs and two Titans finished with two hits on the night to power host Cal State Fullerton to a 3-1 upset of No. 15 Texas on day three of the 2010 Judi Garman Classic at Anderson Family Field.
The victory snapped a 13-game losing streak for the Titans, who improved to 4-23 overall and 1-2 in tournament play. The Longhorns fell to 22-5 overall, suffering their first loss in tournament play, falling to 2-1.
Fullerton led wire-to-wire in the match-up between former Titan teammates-turned-head coaches as Michelle Gromacki, who was a catcher on Fullerton's 1986 national championship squad, defeated her battery mate from that season in Texas head coach Connie Clark. It was the second-straight season that the Titans have beaten the Longhorns at the Judi Garman Classic following a 1-0 victory in 2009.
Junior Ari Cervantes (2-10) earned the victory for Fullerton, surrendering just three hits and striking out two in four innings of work. Redshirt sophomore Krystal Heinle earned her first save of the season, allowing an unearned run on two hits while striking out a pair over the final three innings.
Texas' Kim Bruins (6-2) suffered the loss, allowing all three runs on six hits in six innings.
Cal State Fullerton got on the scoreboard first in the second inning as Torrie Anderson led-off with a single, was sacrificed to second, and moved to third on Cervantes' infield hit. After Anderson was thrown out at the plate on an attempted double-steal, Baldwin hit a slow chopper to shortstop with two outs, beating the throw to first while Cervantes' scored all the way from second base, running on contact.
The Titans made it a 2-0 lead in the fourth, again via Baldwin's bat, in a manner similar to their first run of the game. Anderson walked to lead-off the inning, moved to second on a groundout, reached third on Cervantes' infield bunt single and scored when Baldwin's ground ball to second base was bobbled long enough to get Anderson home.
Texas responded with an unearned run in the sixth to cut the deficit in half as Amy Hooks reached on an error and moved all the way to third when the throw to second base on Bruins' fielder's choice was wide at the bag, putting runners on the corners. Two batters later, pinch-hitter Tallie Thrasher reached on an infield single deep to shortstop, allowing Hooks to score and make it 2-1.
However, Fullerton held strong, adding an insurance run in its half of the sixth as sophomore Nicole Johnson smacked a lead-off double, moved to third on Anderson's infield hit, and scored on Heinle's sacrifice fly to right field for the final 3-1 tally.
Heinle then worked out of trouble in the seventh as Texas put two runners on with one out via a hit by pitch and single up the middle, but a pair of ground balls ended the game, securing Fullerton's first victory since an 8-4 win over Baylor on Feb. 27.
Anderson and Cervantes both finished 2-for-2 for the Titans while Hooks was 2-for-3 for the Longhorns, but reached base in all four of her plate appearances.
Cal State Fullerton continues tournament play on Saturday afternoon (March 20) at 3:45 p.m. as the Titans take on No. 24 Louisville at Anderson Family Field.