Feb. 11, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior right-hander Candice Baker scattered three hits and struck out nine on the day while juniors Katie Gollhardt and Jessica Doucette each drove in runs to power the Titans past No. 4 Northwestern, 2-0, in the final day of play at the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State on Sunday morning.
The win ended a three-game losing streak for Fullerton, which improved to 2-3 overall, winning its first and last games of the weekend. The Wildcats fell to 2-3 overall.
Baker (2-1) earned her second win of the weekend, allowing only two baserunners to reach second base. She retired seven of the final eight batters she faced in the game and allowed only eight hits while striking out 28 batters on the weekend.
Fullerton got on the board first in the third as Doucette reached on a one-out single up the middle and was lifted in favor of pinch-runner Amanda Fernandez.
Fernandez was then sacrificed over by Courtney Martinez and came around to score one batter later on Gollhardt's double to left field to make it 1-0.
The Titans added another run in the fourth as junior Crystal Vieyra reached on a one-out single, moved to third on a double to right centerfield by Baker.
That brought up Doucette, whose ground ball bounced away from shortstop Tammy Williams, allowing enough time for Vieyra to come around to score and make it 2-0.
The two runs were all Baker and the Titans would need as she harmlessly allowed two hits and a pair of walks the rest of the way, retiring the side in order in the seventh to secure the win.
Eileen Canney (0-3) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out three in 3 1/3 innings of work. Freshman Lauren Delaney worked the rest of the way, pitching 3 2/3 innings of hitless relief while striking out four.
Six different Titans accounted for the team's hits.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the field next weekend as the Titans take part in the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic hosted by UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev.
Fullerton opens on Friday (Feb. 16) against Portland State at 9 a.m. and Hawaii at noon.