Nation's Best Visit for Judi Garman Classic

March 13, 2012

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THIS WEEK...
Cal State Fullerton hosts Judi Garman Classic
March 14-18, 2012 | Fullerton, CA
Anderson Family Field
Tournament Central

BATTER UP!: One of the nation's premier mid-season tournaments gets underway this week as the Cal State Fullerton softball team (12-14 overall) welcomes 15 other teams for the 2012 Judi Garman Classic at Anderson Family Field. The tournament begins on Wednesday night (March 14) and runs through Sunday (March 18) with games beginning on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. for the rest of the weekend on both diamonds.

CAL STATE FULLERTON'S JUDI GARMAN CLASSIC SCHEDULE:
March 14 - Notre Dame at Cal State Fullerton, 4 p.m.
March 14 - Purdue at Cal State Fullerton, 6:30 p.m.
March 16 - Arizona at Cal State Fullerton, 7:30 p.m.
March 17 - Iowa at Cal State Fullerton, 5:30 p.m.
March 18 - Penn State at Cal State Fullerton, 11 a.m.

A complete tournament schedule can be found online at http://www.fullertontitans.com/sports/w-softbl/2012-judi-garman-classic.html or on page 9 of the PDF of this release above.

IN THE POLLS: This year's tournament features seven teams ranked among the top 25 in the nation according to the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball Coaches Polls: Washington (\#3/\#3), Arizona State (\#5/\#5), Oklahoma (\#7/\#7), Louisiana (\#10/\#11), Arizona (\#13/\#13), Michigan (\#19/\#19t), and DePaul (\#24t/\#25). Virginia is also listed among the polls, receiving votes on both lists entering this week's games.

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I NEED STATS, STAT!: Live stats via CBS College Sports' Gametracker interface will be available (barring technical difficulties) for all of Cal State Fullerton's games this week. Links to live stats for this weekend's tournament games will be posted on the tournament page as they become available.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? GOOD!: Thanks to a partnership with Arizona-based Stretch Internet, select Cal State Fullerton softball contests will be broadcast live over the Internet at FullertonTitans.com. To access the links, click on the headphones icon in the upper right-hand corner of FullertonTitans.com.

CAN YOU SEE ME NOW? EVEN BETTER!: For the seventh consecutive season, live streaming video for select Cal State Fullerton softball contests will be available (on a subscription basis) live over the Internet courtesy the Big West TV platform. For a monthly subscription of \$9.95 or an annual subscription of \$79.95, fans can catch all the exclusive action from the comfort of their home computers. For more information, please visit www.BigWest.org/TV or access the video player at www.fansonly.com/schools/bigw/allaccess/index.html.

ABOUT NOTRE DAME: The Fighting Irish enter the week with an 8-8 record after a 1-2 showing at the Long Beach State Invitational and a game at LMU scheduled for Tuesday (March 13)... senior OF Alexa Maldonado and junior C Amy Buntin lead the team with a .370 average while Maldonado and senior IF Dani Miller have slugged a team-high four home runs on the season... Miller is the team leader with 17 RBI... sophomore RHP Laura Winter is the ace in the circle, posting a 4-5 record with a 2.26 ERA in 65 innings while striking out 80 batters against only eight walks... junior RHP's Jackie Bowe (0-0, 1.24 ERA) and Brittany O'Donnell (4-3, 4.88) have also seen time on a staff that has limited opponents to a .233 average this season.

ABOUT PURDUE: The Boilermakers enter the week with a 12-6 overall record with games against Butler and host Fresno State on Tuesday before they head to Fullerton... Purdue finished 1-3 at the Bayer Cropscience Classic in Fresno over the weekend, edging San Diego State while falling to Oregon, the host Bulldogs, and California... sophomore OF Lindsey Rains leads the team with a .448 average to go with two home runs and 17 RBI as six regulars in the lineup are batting better than .300 on the year helping the team to a combined .337 average... six hitters have also driven in 10-or-more runs... freshman RHP Lexy Moore has seen the majority of innings in the circle, going 8-2 with a 2.55 ERA.

ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats enter the week with a 16-4 overall record after a three-game series at Baylor was rained out over the weekend... Arizona has won its last seven consecutive games and eight of its last nine after a 5-1 showing at the Cathedral City Classic two weeks ago... junior IF Brigette Del Ponte leads the team with a .455 average, five home runs and 22 RBI while teammate freshman IF Shelby Pendley has homered eight time and driven in 26 to go with a .357 average... the Wildcats are hitting .327 as a team and have outscored opponents, 137-32... junior RHP Kenzie Fowler is a perfect 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA, holding opponents toa .156 average... sophomore RHP Shelby Babcock (7-4, 1.97) and senior RHP Jessica Spigner (2-0, 0.70) have also seen time as the staff is holding opponents to a combined .188 average on the year.

ABOUT IOWA: The Hawkeyes are 9-9 overall entering the week with a game scheduled at Long Beach State on Tuesday before heading to Fullerton... Iowa is coming off a 1-3 showing at the Hall of Fame Tournament in Oklahoma against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State... freshman IF Megan Blank leads the team with a .392 average while senior IF Katie Keim has slugged three home runs and 18 RBI while batting .383 on the year... sophomore RHP Kayla Massey (4-5, 1.67) and junior RHP Chelsea Lyon (5-4, 2.98) have combined to pitch all but 1/3 of an inning this season, holding opponents to a .224 average combined.

ABOUT PENN STATE: The Nittany Lions enter the week with a 7-13 overall record, having lost their last four during a 1-4 showing at the USF Under Armour Showcase in Florida last weekend... junior IF Alyssa Renwick leads the team with a .349 average while sophomore OF Alyssa Sovereign has slugged a team-high three home runs and driven in eight... senior RHP Lisa Akamine (5-8, 4.24) has pitched the majority of innings, holding opponents to a .271 average while freshman RHP Marissa Diescher (2-4, 4.16) and sophomore RHP Jordan Wheatley (0-1, 4.58) have also seen time.

SERIES HISTORIES: Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with Notre Dame (8-3), Purdue (6-2), Arizona (28-26), and Penn State (3-1) while trailing in the series with Iowa (3-1)... the Titans won last year's meeting with the Fighting Irish, 10-0 in five innings, to open the Judi Garman Classic and has won five of the last six... the Boilermakers have won the last two meetings with Fullerton after the Titans opened with six-straight wins, last posting a 10-4 win at the Judi Garman Classic in 2010... after dominating the early series with the Wildcats, winning 23 of the first 26, Arizona has won 23 of the last 28, including five of the last six... the Wildcats won the last meeting, 8-1, in Tempe in 2010... Iowa has won three-straight from Fullerton since the Titans won the inaugural meeting, 2-0, in 1989... the Hawkeyes were 5-1 winners at last year's DeMarini Invitational on March 4... Fullerton and Penn State haven't met since an 8-0, five-inning, win by the Titans in 2008 in Austin, Texas, with the Nittany Lions winning their only game in the series in 2007 (6-5 in nine innings).

TITANS AT THE PONY... ERR, KIA... ERR, JUDI GARMAN CLASSIC: Cal State Fullerton is a combined 111-58 (.657) all time in 32 seasons in its showcase event that has been held under numerous monikers since its inception in 1981... the Titans were 74-22 at the PONY Tournament, 5-5 at the unsponsored Cal State Fullerton Tournament, 20-16 at the KIA Klassic, and are 12-15 since the event was renamed to honor Fullerton's Hall of Fame Head Coach Judi Garman in 2006... the Titans were 3-3 at last year's event, posting a win over Notre Dame (10-0 in five innings) while falling to No. 5 Michigan (5-2), Illinois (5-0), and No. 12 Texas (5-0) before their finale against Boise State was cancelled due to weather.

MISS DO-IT-ALL: The Titans' ailing pitching staff received a huge boost as freshman lefthander Desiree Ybarra nearly went the distance for the week in the circle, starting five consecutive games and pitching all but 1 1/3 innings as Fullerton finished with a 3-2 record. The southpaw went the distance in three of the five contests, posting her first career shutout against Charleston Southern and tying a career high with eight strikeouts against East Carolina. For the week she struck out 22 against only six walks as the 22 whiffs were almost as many as she had entering the week (29).

ROLLER COASTER ON OFFENSE: It was a case of feast or famine for the Titans' offense last week as Cal State Fullerton reached double figures in hits and runs in two of its three victories, but were held to just a single hit in both of its shutout losses. Overall, the Titans averaged 6.2 runs and just under eight hits per contest in the five-game stretch, and averaged 11.3 hits per game in their three victories that included the team's third 14-hit game of the season in a win over Utah State. The two one-hit performances by the opposition marked the sixth and seventh times this season that Fullerton has been held to three hits or fewer in a game.

THIS IS GETTING TO BE A HABIT: Cal State Fullerton has reached double figures in both runs and hits in three of its last six games bringing its season total to fourth games with double-digit runs and six games of double-digit hits. On the flip side, opponents have already reached double figures in runs six times had collected double-digit hit totals in 14 of the 26 games this season.

"FASTER THAN FAST, QUICKER THAN QUICK": She is speed. Senior Adriana Martinez added two more stolen bases to her total last week, moving her to 15-for-16 overall on the season and placing her in a tie for seventh with Heidi Robertson (1995) on the school's single-season list. The 15 stolen bases, aside from being a career high, give Martinez 34 for her career and moved her past Julie Watson (2001-04) for sole possession of the No. 4 spot. The career record is held by Jstone Vines (1991-94) with 59 swipes.

SHE'S HANDY WITH THE BAT AS WELL: Martinez was one of the catalysts for the Titans' offense last week, leading the team with a .471 average (8-for-17) with four runs scored and a pair of RBI. She tallied multiple hits in three of the five contests and had hits in four games overall, raising her overall average almost 60 points to .280 entering this week's tournament. Martinez tied a career high with three hits against Michigan State and added two more in wins over Charleston Southern and Utah State.

SPEAKING OF SPEED: Martinez isn't the only one burning up the basepaths this season as the Titans rank second in the Big West Conference with 34 stolen bases as a team -- already suprassing last season's 47-game total (32) and standing one swipe shy of the team's total from 2010 (35). Two more steals this week would give Fullerton it's highest stolen base total since 2007 when the Titans stole 48 bases.

WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER: Seven different Titans have tallied game-winning hits this season, led by two each from Eliza Crawford and Anissa Young, while six different players have come around to score the game-winning run, paced by table-setter Ashley Carter with four.

HOME IS WHERE THE POWER IS: After slugging just two home runs over its first 16 games, Cal State Fullerton's bats have been "plugged in" since its return home to Anderson Family Field. The Titans have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games, seven of those coming within the friendly confines, including a three home run game against Michigan State on March 4 -- the most for the Titans in a single game since they slugged four round-trippers against UC Santa Barbara on April 2, 2010.

CARTER AT IT AGAIN: Already the holder of the team's longest hitting streak of the season at seven games, junior Ashley Carter is back it with another lengthy streak, this one at four games. During that stretch, the speedy outfielder is batting .500 (7-for-14) in the leadoff spot with a .563 on base percentage, five runs scored, five RBI, and a pair of stolen bases.

WALK WHICH WAY?: Fullerton's DeMarini Invitational finale against Michigan State on March 4 marked the only time in 26 games thus far this season that the Titans have failed to draw a walk as a team. However, the Titans more than made up for that fact in their rematch against the Spartans on March 9 as part of the Long Beach State Invitational, drawing a season-high seven walks against the Michigan State pitching staff -- the most since the Titans were walked eight times at UC Davis on April 22, 2011.

HAPPY RETURNS: Since making her return to the starting lineup against Michigan State on March 4, senior Anissa Young has been blistering the ball over the last six games, batting .357 (5-for-14) with four home runs, seven runs scored, and nine RBI while also walking six times. She is slugging 1.214 and has an on base percentage of .591 during that stretch helping the Titans to a 4-2 record. She ranks among the Big West Conference's top 10 in slugging (6th), on base percentage (.427), RBI (16), home runs (3rd), walks (3rd), and hit by pitches (t4th)

IRON WOMEN: Outfielders Ashley Carter and Leesa Harris along with infielders Emily Vizcarra and Adriana Martinez are the only four Titans to start all 26 games at the same position on defense this season, but Carter is the only player to hold on to her same spot in the batting order, hitting leadoff in all 26 contests.

JOHNSON WITH A TARGET ON HER BACK...: And her knee, and her thigh, and her arm... you get the picture. Senior Nicole Johnson is within striking distance of a rather dubious school record, entering this week's games with 39 career hit by pitches across her first three-plus Division I seasons. Johnson, who was bruised a team-high 15 times last season as a junior (tied for the fourth-highest total in the school's single-season record books), ranks third all-time in school history, needing just 17 more HBPs to match Crystal Vieyra's school record of 56 accumulated from 2005-08.

GET HER ON, GET HER IN: Aside from her 22 hits this season (which rank second on the team), redshirt freshman Eliza Crawford has simply found a way to get on base, leading the team and ranking seventh in the Big West with a .427 on base percentage, helped out by 11 walks (tied for fourth in the league) and five hit by pitches (tied for second in the league). That has paid big dividends for the Titans as she has scored 16 runs -- one of four Fullerton players in the league's top 10 and tied for fifth overall.

TRIPLE THE FUN: Johnson's triple against Boise State on Feb. 23 was the seventh three-bagger of her career, moving her into a five-way tie for seventh place on the school's career list alongside Missy Coombes (1987-90), Candice Baker (2004-07), Courtney Martinez (2006-09), and Sheila Holguin (2007-10). However, the senior does have some work to do to catch career leader Sue Lewis, who legged-out 20 career triples from 1981-84. Three more triples for Johnson, who slugged a career-best four triples in 2010, this season would make her only the fourth Titan with double digits in the category, joining Lewis, Terri Oberg (16 from 1985-86), and Rose Garces (10 from 1992-95).

A.C. A CHILLING SIGHT FOR OPPOSING PITCHERS: Junior Ashley Carter has picked up right where she left off as a sophomore, building off her career year in 2011 and entering the week's contests with a league-high 33 hits (just 10 hits shy of her career-high 43 hits from a year ago) and 17 runs scored while standing third in the Big West with a .367 average through 26 games. Carter, who led the team with 16 multi-hit games last season en route to a career-best .312 average, leads the team in that category once again in 2012 with six, two-hit games and a trio of career-high three-hit performances against Colorado State (Feb. 10), Bakersfield (Feb. 17), and Utah State (March 11).

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