Softball reloads for Judi Garman Classic this weekend

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Going into this weekend's tournament, Cal State Fullerton's right-handed pitcher Sydney Golden has a record of 5-1 and a rotation-leading 2.72 ERA.  (Patrick Do/Daily Titan Stock Photo)
Going into this weekend’s tournament, Cal State Fullerton’s right-handed pitcher Sydney Golden has a record of 5-1 and a rotation-leading 2.72 ERA.
(Patrick Do/Daily Titan Stock Photo)

The Cal State Fullerton softball team will host the Judi Garman Classic at Anderson Family Field from Thursday through Sunday.

The Titans will play Arizona State University (15-2 overall), followed by San Jose State University on Thursday (5-11 overall), University of Wisconsin (7-7 overall) on Friday, Northwestern University (7-7 overall) on Saturday and University of North Carolina (8-6 overall) on Sunday.

The Titans have dropped from their excellent start to the 2016 season, only winning one of five games at the Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs last weekend. Their only win came against Oklahoma State University by a score of 4-2.

Going into the Judi Garman Classic, the Titans have a solid .322 batting average, which has contributed to their .397 on-base percentage. In 15 games, the Titans have combined to score 90 runs on 134 hits and have only hit into a double-play twice.

Among the starters, junior catcher and infielder Alexis Gonzalez leads Fullerton with a .414 batting average. In 13 games played, she has 12 hits and nine RBI’s on just 29 at-bats. In addition, she leads the team in homeruns with two.

Senior outfielder Courtney Rodriguez follows Gonzalez with a .380 batting average, 19 hits and 11 RBI’s in 50 at-bats. She also leads the team with nine stolen bases.

Junior outfielder Delynn Rippy and senior outfielder Sarah Moore are tied with a .378 batting average. Rippy has 14 hits on the season, including the Titans’ only triple, while Moore is second only to senior infielder Missy Taukeiaho for most team doubles with six.

Going into the weekend, Taukeiaho has 18 hits, the third most on the Titan squad. She also leads the team with eight doubles, along with one home run and five RBIs.

As a team, Fullerton has been somewhat consistent on the defensive end, with a fielding percentage of .969, including 13 errors.

Of CSUF’s pitchers, freshman righty Sydney Golden leads the rotation with a 2.72 ERA. In eight appearances, Golden is 5-1 with 17 strikeouts.

Senior lefty Desiree Ybarra is right behind Golden with a 3.08 ERA in 36.1 innings pitched. She has given up the most earned runs, but leads the team in strikeouts with 29.

Senior right-hander Jasmine Antunez and junior right-hander Cerissa Rivera share the same 3.82 ERA, but Antunez has eight appearances and 14.2 innings pitched with a strikeout for every hit she’s given up at 18. Rivera has given up just two hits in 3.2 innings pitched.

Looking to rekindle the magic they started the season with, the Titans will face off against Arizona State on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to kick off the Judi Garman Classic.

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