CSUN softball senior pitcher Kenedee Jamerson needed to solidify after getting rocked in the first two innings.
The left hander was the calming influence but her offense didn’t provide support until the very end.
CSUN rallied for two runs in the seventh inning but it wasn’t enough and CSUN fell at home 5-3 and gave the Titans the series sweep.
Fullerton (21-19, 6-0) chased CSUN freshman pitcher Jillian James early and scored all five of its runs in the first two innings. The Titans scored four runs in the second that was capped off by a two run single by Ari Williams with two outs.
Williams finished the game 2-for-4 for Fullerton who has won six straight to open Big West play. The Titans will face Long Beach State next week in the battle for first place.
After Jamerson came in the game, the Fullerton bats were silenced. Jamerson shut the opposition out and threw 5 1/3 innings while allowing just two hits with a strikeout and a walk.
“My drop curve was really working today and I was able to get them to chase outside,” Jamerson said. “Overall even though we lost, I felt that we are starting to get our confidence back. Yesterday was a rough day for me, but I think today we were able to find ourselves. We’re getting our momentum back.”
CSUN (16-28, 1-5) has a large hill to climb if the team hopes to compete for a spot in the NCAA tournament with 15 games remaining on the schedule.
CSUN’s rally started with freshman Journey Rojas hitting an RBI single in the sixth after a base hit by Savannah Horvath.
The offensive outburst continued in the seventh inning. Haileigh Gonzalez singled to lead off the inning and sophomore Jasmine Alexander hit a double into the right center gap. Pinch runner Pudi Hernandez later came into score on a wild pitch by Sophie Frost and Savannah Horvath hits a sacrifice fly into right field that scored Alexander.
It wasn’t enough support though for Jamerson who kept CSUN in the game for the final five innings. Freshman Journey Rojas was able to put CSUN on
Despite the loss, coach Tairia Flowers hopes to the momentum from the seventh inning will carry on into next week’s three game series at UC Riverside.
“I thought our team did a good job of battling today,” Flowers said. “This is a team that really feeds off each other. When one player does well then the rest tend to follow but we need that to obviously come sooner if we want to start winning games. It was a good sign though that our girls are continuing to dig in.”
Written by Ethan Hanson