Written By: YSPN360
May 18, 2018
Nothing is better than a nail-biting finish for the Conference Championship, and Cal State Fullerton didn’t disappoint fans with an eight-inning Game 2 conclusion to its conference play. After blowing out UC Riverside 8-0 in Game 1, Cal State just edged past UC Riverside 2-1, clinching its third consecutive Big West Title. Best of all, the Lady Titans did it on Senior Day.
Just by the results, it is clear that Fullerton’s offense came in big for it Saturday morning. The Lady Titans recorded 24 hits, 10 runs and only suffered three strikeouts on the night. Cal State’s Deshea Hill led the Titans offensively, going 5-for-7 over the two games and claiming one RBI, but Hill didn’t do it alone as teammate Bryanna Ybarra led the team in Game 1 with a perfect series of at-bats, going 3-for-3 and recording one RBI and one run. Fullerton had five players record RBIs, and eight different players cross home plate.
Trish Park led a strong defense Saturday, claiming both wins for the Lady Titans. She recorded a total of 11.1 innings pitched and allowed five hits and three walks while keeping Riverside scoreless at the plate. Parks recorded seven strikeouts over two games.
The double win clinched Cal State Fullerton’s third straight Big West Championship title under head coach Kelly Ford. Ford, who is also YSPN360 coach, has been a game-changing aspect of Fullerton’s softball program, breaking Fullerton’s 10-year skid in conference play and claiming the most wins in a single season since 2002 (45 victories).
Ford’s influence produced many athletic accolades, records, and upsets over the years. She coached University of Washington transfer Missy Taukeiaho to the program’s first Big West Player of the Year award. Taukeiaho broke four different program and conference records.
Fullerton will return to the field on Friday, May 18, where it’ll face off with Texas State at UCLA. The game will appear on ESPN 3 at 5:30 PT.