SOFTBALL: SLUGGING THEIR WAY BACK

Anabel Mendez slammed her second homer run of the season. Photo by Matt Brown.
Anabel Mendez slammed her second homer run of the season. Photo by Matt Brown.

The Hornets continued to roll on Wednesday beating Santa Ana College 5-1 on the road in a conference match-up.

It was an excellent win for Fullerton after losing to Dons 4-0 at home on February 24th. With the three-game series now tied a one a piece, FC continues to fight their way back in a tough conference race.

After a slow start, the Hornets earned their third straight within the Orange Empire Conference giving them a 5-6 record, while their overall record increases to 11-13. The Santa Ana loss bumps them down a notch at 5-5 in the OEC and 13-11 overall.

The game began with both teams scoring a run in the first inning. Fullerton's Elexa Rangel knocked in Mel Madrigal on a ground out to third. Previously, Madrigal had doubled to left center field putting her in scoring position.

Santa Ana's lone run came on a single to the left side by Raven Sapia that scored Kasey Hutton.

The Hornets put up another run in the second on a solo blast that sailed over the left field wall by Anabel Mendez

With FC holding a narrow 2-1 lead, the game remained scoreless until the seventh inning. Then, the Hornet offense scored three unanswered runs to seal the victory. Amanda Guillen scored on a wild pitch, and Jill Saiza scored on a passed ball. Eryka Rangel hit a double to left center field bringing Jessica Piceno home.

Mel Madrigal was 2-4 at the plate with a run scored, and Elexa Rangel was 1-4 on the day with 2 RBI.

Fullerton's Natasha Trujillo was impressive in the circle going 7 innings allowing 1 earned run on 7 hits. She ha no walks 

Up Next: The Hornets (11-13, 5-6) will play at the Santa Barbara City College Tournament running March 24-26.

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