Titans Use Late Rallies In Two Wins Over UC Davis

April 30, 2005

Cal State Fullerton 5, UC Davis 4
Cal State Fullerton 2, UC Davis 0 (8 inn.)

DAVIS, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton rallied for two runs in the eighth inning of the nightcap in a 2-0 win over UC Davis after scoring four times in the sixth inning to score a 5-4 win in the opener, as the Titans swept the Aggies in a nonconference softball doubleheader on Saturday at La Rue Field.

UC Davis dropped to 7-42 on the season with the pair of tough defeats while Cal State Fullerton improved to 21-19. Junior Megan De La Hoya had hits in both games for the Aggies, extending her hitting streak to a season-high nine games. Marissa Marzan pitched a three-hit shutout in the second game for the Titans, improving to 9-5. She also had her first save in the opener.

Cal State Fullerton scored the go-ahead runs of the second game in extra innings after UC Davis couldn't capitalize on a good opportunity to score the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Aggies loaded the bases with one out in that frame before Rachel Kelly dribbled a ball up the first-base line. However, first baseman Katie Gollhardt charged the ball and shoveled a short toss to catcher Kiki Munoz for the second out, just ahead of the sliding Nikki Sheldon. Marzan then struck out Lauren Pieretti to end the threat.

Munoz led off the eighth with a walk against relief pitcher Stacey Benzing. With one out, pinch-runner Molly Perez scored from first on Lindsey Bashor's single to right after the throw in from the outfield got away in the infield. A wild pitch later scored the second run. De La Hoya led off the bottom half of the inning with a long double but was thrown out on a strong relay trying to stretch it into a triple. Marzan was then able to close the inning out and help get the Titans the sweep.



The Aggies also had runners at second and third with one out in the fifth but Marzan picked up a pair of strikeouts to end that threat. Marzan didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning and finished with 10 strikeouts while walking three. UC Davis countered with Pieretti who pitched five scoreless innings before giving way to Lindsay Tognetti who kept the game without a run through seven. Kelly relieved Benzing after the leadoff walk in the eighth, pitching the final three outs.

The Aggies had just three hits in the opener as well but led 4-1 after five innings after Megan Turman's two-out double to right-center field scored Benzing. Kelly then followed with a line drive off the glove at Munoz at third, scoring Turman with the second run of the inning. However, Ashley Van Boxmeer had an RBI single up the middle in the top of the sixth, igniting a four-run rally which was also sparked by Tiffany Hoff's two-run double to left.

Trailing 5-4, UC Davis had the tying run at second base with one out in the seventh but Marzan came on to get the final two outs and earn the save.

The Aggies took a 2-0 lead in the third after Sheldon was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Kristin Herrera. Ashley Johnson then scored on a wild pitch by starter Candice Baker for the second run before reliever Brooke Weekley picked up a pair of strikeouts. The Titans scored a run in the fifth on an infield grounder, setting up their four-run rally in the sixth.

UC Davis was held to just six hits but head coach Karen Matteson was pleased with how her team played against the fourth-place team in the Big West Conference.

"For only three hits in each game, we applied a lot of pressure," she said.

"I'm so impressed with our team's effort. I just thought we battled," Matteson said.

Weekley earned the win in the first game for the Titans, pitching 3.2 innings of relief. Kelly, who had two strikeouts and a walk while allowing six hits, took the loss, falling to 5-15. Hoff and Baker each had two hits in the first game with Baker hitting a triple. Johnson and Sheldon also had singles in the nightcap for UC Davis while Amanda Kamekona and Hoff had a pair of hits for Cal State Fullerton.

UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton will conclude their three-game weekend series with a single contest on Sunday at noon at La Rue Field.