Tigers Sweep Fullerton to Cap off Easton Invite

Tigers Sweep Fullerton to Cap off Easton Invite

Game One Box

FULLERTON, Calif. - The Tigers made it three in a row as they topped host Cal State Fullerton 6-0 and 3-0 on day three of the Easton Invitational. The two teams completed three innings on Friday, with rain postponing the outcome, and finished out the first contest Sunday afternoon. Freshman Hailey Reed logged her first collegiate win, pitching three innings with two strikeouts, and Cassidy Gustafson pitched four innings in relief. In game two, Marissa Young got the start, throwing seven innings and striking out four and Gustafson hit a three-run homerun.

Game One

Hailey Reed got her first collegiate start in the circle and led off the game with a single but was stranded at third in the top half of the first. The freshman pitched out of a jam in the bottom half as Fullerton had runners on the corners with two outs but Reed was able to get Richard to fly out to left field.

In the third Reed knocked her second hit of the game and moved to second after Molly Bourne was hit by a pitch. Shortly after Sydney Lahners whacked a double to left that scored them both, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead. In the bottom half of the inning Reed struck out two and the Titans stranded a runner at second as Richard flied out to center.

At the top of the fourth the game was postponed due to rain and concluded on Sunday at noon. Cassidy Gustafson took over pitching duties in the bottom half of the inning, striking out the first batter she faced and pitching out of a bases loaded jam to preserve the shutout.

In the fifth Rachel Sellers reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second after Gustafson was hit by a pitch, setting the table for freshman Samantha Owen who knocked her first collegiate homerun to left to extend the Tiger lead to 5-0. The Orange and Black would add another run to make it 6-0 after Haylee Moran-Rowen lead off the inning with a double and scored on a fielder's choice. Pacific shut down the Titans in the sixth and seventh innings to preserve the shutout and win their second in a row.

Game Two

Marissa Young got her second start of the tournament in the circle and it didn't take long for Pacific to give her run support as Cassidy Gustafson ripped a three-run homerun to left field for the quick 3-0 advantage. In the bottom half the Titans threatened early as they put runners on first and second with just one out, but Young got Siofele to line out to Gustafson who then doubled up Gonzalez at first to end the inning.

Both teams were kept hitless in the second, third and fourth innings, with Haylee Moran-Rowen ending the drought in the fifth with a single to second. After yielding two hits in the first, Young held the Titans hitless until the sixth until Vandiver singled to left with two outs. Young would strike out the side despite giving up the single, giving her four in the afternoon.

The Tigers would hold on to win their third straight and secure their second-straight shutout. The Orange and Black head to The Farm next weekend to participate in the Stanford Nike Invite.