Titans Split a Pair of Extra Inning Thrillers With Ohio State and San Diego State

March 24, 2007

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FULLERTON, CA - The Cal State Fullerton softball team rallied for a split of a pair of extra inning contests on Saturday afternoon as the Titans defeated Ohio State, 5-4, while San Diego State defeated Fullerton, 3-2, both in eight innings at Anderson Family Field.

The Titans fell to 17-14 overall after their game two loss, snapping a three-game winning streak. Ohio State fell to 17-13 overall on the year after hanging on defeat San Diego State in the first game of the day, 5-4, while the Aztecs improved to 22-12 with the game two win.

Cal State Fullerton returns to action on Tuesday (March 27) as the Titans hit the road for the first time this month for a doubleheader at Loyola Marymount beginning at 12 p.m.

CAL STATE FULLERTON 5, OHIO STATE 4 (8 inn.)

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Senior Candice Baker's bases-loaded single through the left side with two outs in the bottom of the eighth drove home Katie Gollhardt with the game-winning run as the Titans came from behind to defeat Ohio State, 5-4.

OSU's Kim Reeder (9-5) started the eighth off quickly, striking out Whitney Kroh and getting Kiki Munoz to ground out for the first two outs of the inning.

Gollhardt then got the rally started by reaching on an infield single and moved to second when Crystal Vieyra was hit by a pitch. Junior Jenna Wheeler then drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases and bring up Baker.

Baker, who also earned the win in the circle, then helped her own cause, chopping the very first pitch she saw from Reeder over the head of Jamee Juarez at third and in to left field, scoring Gollhardt with the winning run.

A wild first inning that saw the two teams combine for five runs then developed into a pitcher's duel as Reeder and Baker put zeroes on the board until the sixth.

Juarez got the Buckeyes started with a two-run single in the first and Megan Schwab followed with a sacrifice fly to centerfield to put Ohio State up 3-0 after only a half an inning.

The Titans responded with a pair in their half of the first as Jessica Doucette drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a one-out infield hit by Ashley Van Boxmeer. A groundout by Lauren Lupinetti moved both into scoring position for Kiki Munoz, who singled back up the middle to plate a pair and cut the deficit to 3-2.

Things got quiet until the sixth as Ohio State extended its lead as Nycole Koyano closed out a string of three-straight hits by the Buckeyes, plating pinch-runner Leah Ledford to make it 4-2.

Fullerton got the run back in its half-inning as back-to-back walks to Lupinetti and Munoz and a sacrifice by Gollhardt put both in scoring position for Vieyra, who laid down the perfect squeeze bunt to plate pinch-runner Whitney Kroh to make it 4-3.

The Titans then rallied for the tying run in the seventh, again with two outs, as Courtney Martinez doubled to the base of the fence in right and scored on Van Boxmeer's infield single to tie the game.

Baker (10-8) earned her second straight win in the circle after defeating Utah on Wednesday night, allowing four runs on 10 hits in the complete-game effort. She walked three and struck out six.

Reeder allowed five runs on eight hits in 7 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out six.

Van Boxmeer and Munoz each had a pair of hits for the Titans while three Aztecs finished with two hits.

SAN DIEGO STATE 3, CAL STATE FULLERTON 2 (8 inn.)

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Amanda Beasley's first career home run to lead off the eighth inning snapped a 2-2 tie and proved to be the game-winner as San Diego State outlasted Cal State Fullerton for a 3-2 victory on Saturday afternoon.

The Titans originally thought they had Beasley out on a dropped third strike, but it was ruled that she had fouled off the pitch, giving her new life. Beasley then sent the next pitch she saw over the fence in left field for the senior's first home run and a 3-2 advantage.

Christina Ross, who entered the game in the sixth inning after Melissa Owens was injured sliding into home plate, improved to 14-6 in the circle, allowing an unearned run on one hit and striking out two in three innings of work. She retired the side in order in the eighth to nail down the win.

Jessica Doucette (4-3) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on five hits and walking three in the complete-game effort.

Trailing by a run entering the seventh, Fullerton rallied for the tying run with two outs and two runners in scoring position as Courtney Martinez's potential inning-ending ground ball was bobbled by the third baseman, allowing Jenna Wheeler to score and send the game to extra innings.

San Diego State got on the scoreboard first in the third inning Tamani Wells' sacrifice fly plated Dani Sidoti with the first run of the game and a 1-0 Aztecs lead.

Fullerton got the run back in the fourth as Lauren Lupinetti smacked her fifth home run of the season to left field to knot the game at a run apiece.

SDSU rallied to regain the lead in the sixth as Owens drew a two out walk and scored on Megan McDonald's double to left field to make it 2-1. Owens was injured on the play, sliding in head first and colliding with the Cal State Fullerton catcher and was forced to leave the game.

Four different Titans had hits on the afternoon - three of those singles. The Aztecs had five players with hits and overcame three defensive errors on the afternoon.

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