It was the top of the sixth inning against Loyola Marymount. The Titans had momentum, as Delynn Rippy and Samantha Vandiver both singled to advance to first and second, respectively.
Senior catcher/infielder Lexi Gonzalez was up to bat. Ranked first on the Titans and third in the Big West Conference with 28 RBI, Gonzalez hit a home run to bring in three runs. The Titans eventually won, 4-2, on March 23.
Gonzalez is used to the glimmer of the spotlight when she steps to the plate. Opponents can easily look up the Titans’ (20-18, 3-3) statistics when scouting before a game and know to throw around her.
Yet, Gonzalez still comes up clutch, inning after inning.
“A lot of people say, ‘Oh, she’s an incredible hitter,’” said Kelly Ford, Titan head coach, “but you gotta remember, everybody knows she’s an incredible hitter … she has to be on top of her pitch selection game because they’re not going to make mistakes against Lexi.”
The senior is at the top of her game. She is tied for fifth in the Big West in home runs (5) and third in doubles (8). She also leads the Titans in on-base percentage (.411) and slugging percentage (.523).
Gonzalez, however, will be the first to tell you when she doesn’t feel she’s performing to her potential — numbers aside. She has always expected the best out of herself, as early as when she was a girl, picking up the bat at age 4.
“It’s been in my blood,” Gonzalez said. Her father, Wallace, was a catcher in the Atlanta Braves organization for five seasons. Though Gonzalez was a gymnast for a few years, she couldn’t resist softball once it called to her.
The Covina native eventually took her talents to Oregon State, but was homesick and wanted to return to Southern California.
She made an immediate impact when coming to Fullerton in 2015 as a sophomore. Yet as hot as she has been with the…