May 16, 2003
TUCSON-- South Carolina took advantage of three Cal State Northridge errors to build an early lead and then held on late to win, sending CSUN (27-23) home from NCAA Region 1 softball action. The Gamecocks remain in the hunt for the regional title but have no room for error with one loss.
South Carolina (40-19) tallied two runs in the top of the first largely due to two Matador errors. USC's Nancy Crane reached base on CSUN shortstop Jen Dishner's fielding error and proceeded to steal second base. She was driven home on a double by Debralee Troesch. Troesch scored two batters later when CSUN right fielder Emilee Moores dropped a fly ball that would would have been the final out of the inning.
The Gamecocks added another unearned run in the second inning. Ashley Smith led off the frame with a singleand was advanced to second via sacrifice. Following a strikeoout, she scored on an infield single by Jodi Fittro and a throwing error by CSUN third baseman Christy Menafee.
Fittro tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning courtesy of her sixth home run the season, a two-run shot into the left field bleachers.
A pair of home runs cut into the USC lead. CSUN got a run back in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run by Jan Moshier. The Matadors closed the gap to 5-3 in the fifth inning as Christen Bedwell launched a two-run homer deep to left field.
USC Coach Joyce Compton:
"Obviously I was proud of how they came back after the first game. We didn't use last night's game as a springboard, and it felt like we were just hanging on after a few innings of the second game.
USC's Jody Fittro:
"We came out more aggressively in the second game (today). We were swinging at our pitches instead of the pitcher's pitches."
CSUN Coach Barbara Jordan:
"That's my team. They never give up. I expect that from them, and if they threw in the towel, I would have been disappointed. If they had done that we would have lost 11-0."
CSUN's Christen Bedwell:
"I thought we would fight back to win. I felt the team could win the game." (Home run cut the lead to 2 runs).