April 4, 2009
RIVERSIDE, CA - Cal State Fullerton split a Big West Conference doubleheader with league rival UC Riverside on Saturday afternoon, winning the opener, 6-2, before falling 2-1 in nine innings in the nightcap at Amy S. Harrison Field in Riverside, Calif.
The split leaves the Titans at 15-17 overall and 3-2 in conference play while the Highlanders improved to 11-21 overall and 2-3 in league games with the game two victory.
The two teams conclude their three-game Big West Conference series on Sunday (April 5) at Amy S. Harrison Field with a single game beginning at noon.
GAME 1: Cal State Fullerton 6, UC Riverside 2
Sophomore Torrie Anderson's RBI single off the glove of the third baseman in the sixth snapped a 2-2 tie and Francesca Gonzales' bases-clearing double later in the frame capped a six-run inning to help lift the Titans to the 6-2 victory.
Sophomore right-hander Ari Cervantes (10-9) earned the win in the circle, allowing the two runs on five hits while striking out a pair. Marissa Alvidrez (4-10) suffered the loss, allowing all six runs on 10 hits, walking three and striking out five.
Cal State Fullerton's bats awoke in a big way in the sixth after UC Riverside rallied for the go-ahead run in the fifth on an RBI single back through the box by Alvidrez. The Titans sent nine batters to the plate as a lead-off single by Lauren Lupinetti, a sacrifice, and a walk to Samantha Dollarhide put a pair on.
Cervantes then sent a single through the hole on the right side, scoring Lupinetti with the tying run and moving two into scoring position for Anderson, who followed with a sharp shot off the glove of the third baseman to score Dollarhide with the winning run.
After a strikeout put the Highlanders one out away from escaping any further damage, Courtney Martinez was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Gonzales, who doubled into the gap in left centerfield to clear the bases and make it a 6-2 ballgame.
Cervantes then shut the door, retiring the side in order in the sixth and seventh innings to end the ball game.
UCR struck first in the second inning as Brittany Keeney singled with one out and came home on Brooke Hebenton's triple to the fence in deep centerfield to make it 1-0. Fullerton tied the game in the fifth as Anderson singled to lead-off the inning and scored three batters later on a double by Gonzales to make it 1-1.
Gonzalez finished 3-for-4 with four RBI for the Titans, who also got multi-hit games from Anderson (2-for-3) and Lupinetti (2-for-3). Five different players accounted for the Highlanders' hits on the day.
GAME 2: UC Riverside 2, Cal State Fullerton 1 (9 inn.)
Tricia Adgar drew a four-pitch walk with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the host Highlanders to the 2-1 extra-inning victory.
A walk to Jessica Vasser and a one-out single by Krystal Marquez put a pair on for UCR, which was down to its final out after a fly ball to short centerfield was caught for the second out. Samantha Noddin then drew a walk on a 3-1 pitch to load the bases for Adgar, who was patient at the plate to draw the walk-off walk, scoring Vasser for the game-winning run.
UC Riverside jumped out quickly with the first run of the game in the second inning. Marquez was hit by a pitch from Fullerton starter Krystal Heinle (5-6), stole second and scored three batters later on a two-out infield single by Adgar to make it 1-0.
Fullerton scratched back with the tying run in the fourth as Francesca Gonzales led off the inning with a walk. After Kadie Baldwin came in to run, she moved all the way to third on a single by Lauren Lupinetti and scored on K.C. Craddick's sac fly to left to make it 1-1.
The Titans had a golden chance to break the game wide open in the fifth, taking advantage of a pair of UCR errors and a walk to load the bases with only one out. That chased starter Amy Lwin in favor of Stephanie Marshall (5-8), who induced Gonzales into an infield fly and got some help from her defense as centerfielder Marquez made a game-saving diving catch in left centerfield on a ball hit by Trina Harrison that was destined for the gap, keeping the game knotted at 1-1.
Fullerton left 10 runners on base for the game, including seven in scoring position and the go-ahead run on second base in both the eighth and ninth innings.
Marshall earned the win in relief, pitching the final 4 2/3 shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out five without a walk. Heinle suffered the loss, allowing the two runs on three hits, striking out five, but walking seven with a pair of hit batters in 8 2/3 innings of work.
Lupinetti finished 2-for-4 to lead the Titans' offense and extend her hitting streak to a season-best five games. Three different players each had single hits for the Highlanders.