May. 1, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Marissa Marzan tossed a four-hitter on Sunday while Lindsey Bashor had a pair of doubles as Cal State Fullerton beat UC Davis 5-2 in a nonconference softball matchup at La Rue Field.
The Titans, who swept the three-game set this weekend, improved to 22-19 while the Aggies fell to 7-43. Megan De La Hoya had a two-out, two-run single to center in the seventh inning for the Aggies, extending her hitting streak to a season-best 10 games. Catcher Megan Turman had a pair of hits for UC Davis, including a double.
Marzan had a save in Saturday's first game between the teams then came back in the nightcap to throw a three-hit shutout. She was nearly as effective for most of Sunday, giving up just two hits through the first six innings before UC Davis rallied for a pair of runs in its last at-bat.
Marza, who improved to 10-5, finished with seven strikeouts on Sunday while allowing four hits and four walks.
The Titans gave her a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning when Bashor led off with a double to left-center field. After being sacrficed to third, she scored on Katie Gollhardt's fly to center. Cal State Fullerton added an unearned run in the fourth and then tallied two in the sixth on Candice Baker's RBI single to center and Ashley Van Box Meer's run-scoring double to left.
Another sacrifice fly in the seventh made it 5-0 for the Titans before UC Davis fought back in the bottom half ot the frame. Turman's double to left put a pair of runners in scoring position, and with two outs, De La Hoya posted a single to center to score Stacey Benzing and Turman. She's hit in 10 straight games, dating back to April 21.
"(Megan's) worked hard to develop herself as a triple-threat from the left side of the plate," said Aggies head coach Karen Matteson. "I'm ecstatic for her."
Rachel Kelly gave up five hits and three earned runs before being relieved by Lauren Pieretti in the sixth inning. Kelly had three strikeouts and a walk while Pieretti allowed one earned run and three hits.
UC Davis also left six runners on base, unable to cash them in against Marzan.
"In a couple of innings we had runners in scoring position and couldn't get the key hit like we did yesterday and put pressure on them," said Matteson.
Van Box Meer had two hits for the Titans, part of their eight-hit attack.
UC Davis returns to action on Thursday when it hosts Oregon in a doubleheader beginning at 1:30 p.m. at La Rue Field. The twinbill was originally scheduled with Oregon State but has been switched to the Ducks.