March 21, 2009
FULLERTON, CA - San Diego State's Monica Alnes finished 3-for-3 with two RBI and Bailey Micetich scattered just five hits in the circle to help lift the visiting Aztecs to a 3-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday afternoon at Anderson Family Field.
The loss dropped the Titans to 12-15 overall while SDSU improved to 21-13 on the season.
Freshman Krystal Heinle (4-5) suffered the loss for Fullerton in the circle, allowing two runs on four hits in just one inning of work. Sophomore Ari Cervantes came on in relief in the second inning, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out three in six innings to keep the Titans close.
Micetich (11-4) struck out five and walked a pair in the complete-game effort for San Diego State.
The Aztecs sent seven batters to the plate in the first inning to take the early lead. Taryin Casillas drove home the first run with one out with an RBI single up the middle to plate Felicia Reifschneider for the 1-0 advantage. Alnes made it 2-0 later in the inning with a bases-loaded RBI single to right, scoring Erin Floros.
Fullerton escaped any further damage in the frame, however, as Dani Sidoti flied out to left and the throw home caught Casillas in a pickle and she was eventually tagged out to end the inning.
SDSU made it a three-run lead in the fourth as Alnes launched her first home run of the season over the wall in left field and that was more than enough for Micetich and the Aztecs, who turned three double plays and stranded four base runners on the afternoon.
Fullerton was turned away twice after threatening in the third and fifth innings. A single by Nicole Johnson and a double by Cervantes put runners on second and third with nobody out in the third but a strikeout and a double play that saw Johnson thrown out at the plate trying to sneak home ended the inning.
In the fifth, a one-out walk and a double by Johnson again put a pair in scoring position, but a fielder's choice back to the circle eliminated another runner at the plate and a Micetich strikeout ended the frame with no damage.
Johnson, who entered the game with just one career hit, finished 2-for-3 to pace the offense while three other Titans ended with a hit on the day.
With the non-conference portion of its schedule now behind them, Cal State Fullerton opens Big West Conference play next weekend with a three-game series against Cal Poly. The two teams open with a doubleheader on Saturday (March 28) at 12 p.m. and conclude the series on Sunday (March 29) at 12 p.m. with a single game.