Feb. 18, 2007
LAS VEGAS, NV - Cal State Fullerton's bats came alive, slugging three home runs on the day, and senior Candice Baker allowed just one hit in the circle to help lift the Titans to a 9-0 five-inning victory over Sacramento State on Sunday morning at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.
Fullerton evened its overall record at 5-5 with the win and finished tournament play with a 3-2 record.
Baker (3-2) tossed her third shutout in six starts this season, allowing only a two-out single to the Hornets' Jamie Schloredt in the first inning. Sacramento State managed just one other base runner for the game as Keri Elias drew a walk in the fourth.
Baker finished with nine strikeouts in her fifth complete-game effort this season.
Junior Jessica Doucette was one of three Titans with multiple hits, finishing 2-for-2 with three runs scored and a pair of doubles. Sophomores Courtney Martinez and Lauren Lupinetti each hit home runs and drove in four runs on the afternoon to power the Fullerton offense.
The Titans got out of the gate quickly as Doucette doubled on the first pitch she saw in the first inning and came around to score three batters later as Lupinetti traded places with her, doubling to left field and driving home Doucette for the 1-0 lead.
After a scoreless second inning, Cal State Fullerton erupted for five runs in the third on a sacrifice fly by Martinez and back-to-back home runs by Lupinetti (three-run home run) and Ashley Van Boxmeer (solo home run) to make it 6-0.
Three more runs in the fourth capped the scoring as freshman Sheila Holguin drew a walk and moved to third on a double by Doucette to force a Sacramento State pitching change.
Kayla Meeks came in to face Martinez with one out as the Titan shortstop worked the count full before driving Meeks' pitch over the fence in right centerfield for a three-run shot and a 9-0 Fullerton lead.
Baker then retired the side in order in the seventh and retired seven in a row at one point early on in the game.
Fullerton takes a brief break from tournament play this week as the Titans open their home schedule on Wednesday (Feb. 21) at 6 p.m. with a single game against top-ranked Tennessee at Anderson Family Field.