Fullerton Eliminates Tulsa, 6-2
May 20, 2006
Fresno, Calif.- - Cal State Fullerton got a two-run home run in the top of the first from Katie Gollhardt to spark the Titans to a 6-2 victory at the Bulldog Diamond at the NCAA Regional VI. CSUF eliminates Tulsa from its first ever NCAA Regional.
The Titans got started in the first after starting pitcher Candice Baker drew a full-count walk with one down. Gollhardt followed her 10th homer of the season, on a 2-2 count. TU starter Julie Fennell was able to get herself out of the inning without any more runs with three strikeouts.
Senior Katie Torres ripped a single up the middle to record TU's first hit for the second consecutive game. Sophomore Sara Dyer followed with a walk to give TU a pair of baserunners. However, Baker was able to pitch out of the inning.
The second and third innings were scoreless for both teams, before CSUF extended its lead with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Catcher Ashley Weatherford opened the fourth with a double to center field, then scored on a single by Amanda Kamekona. Jenna Wheeler hit her seventh home run, with a shot to right center field to make the score 4-0 in favor of the Titans.
The Hurricane was able to score its first runs of the regional in the bottom half of the fifth inning. TU's sparkplug of late, Lindsey Tower led off the stanza by reaching on a throwing error by the Titans. She would then advance around the bases and score on three wild pitches from Baker. In the process, Smart would also draw a walk. Smart would also score on the fourth wild pitch of the inning.
Tulsa kept the momentum going in the sixth inning, as freshman Katie Lee relieved Fennell. She did not allow a run on one hit. In the bottom of the inning, Barr led off with a single up the middle. Senior LeeAnne Pepper drew a walk in her first plate appearance of the day after fighting back from an 0-2 count. However the Hurricane was unable to cut further into the lead.
Fullerton padded its lead with a pair of runs in the seventh. Wheeler recorded her second double of the game, with one down. Kiki Munoz followed with her fourth home run of the year to make the score 6-2. Tulsa went down in order to finish the game.
Fennell was tagged with the loss for the Hurricane, falling to 13-9 on the season. She struck out six Titans, in five innings of work. Lee pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs on three hits.
Tulsa finishes the season 34-23, while CSUF improves to 37-23 on the season and will face Stanford in the second elimination game of the day.
The Golden Hurricane drew five walks on the game, giving TU 190 on the season. In addition to breaking the school record for a single season, Tulsa also surpassed the total number of walks it amassed in its first three years of existence.
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