Feb. 15, 2008
AUSTIN, TX - An RBI single by Michigan's Alessandra Giampaolo in the third snapped a 1-1 tie and jumpstarted a five-run inning as the No. 12 Wolverines defeated No. 17 Cal State Fullerton, 6-1, on Friday morning in the first game of the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational under cloudy skies in Austin, Texas.
That's when things began to unravel for Fullerton as Giampaolo singled home Molly Bausher, who doubled and moved to third on a passed ball to lead off the inning, to make it 2-1 in favor of Michigan (5-1). After a sacrifice and an infield single, Maggie Viefhaus laced a triple down the line in left to score a pair and make it 4-1.
Dorrian Shaw and Nikki Nemitz, who finished 3-for-4, added RBI doubles later in the inning to cap the scoring.
After giving up some early hits, Nemitz (4-0) shut the Titans down in the circle, retiring nine in a row at one point and finishing with five strikeouts in the complete-game effort.
Senior Jessica Doucette (1-2) suffered the loss for Fullerton, allowing five earned on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings of work. Freshman Christine Hiner performed well in relief, allowing just six hits and striking out a pair in 3 2/3 innings.
Cal State Fullerton returns to action at approximately 12 p.m. (PST) as the Titans take on Penn State.