Baker Fans Career-High 16 as Titans Corral Cowgirls, 8-2
Feb. 25, 2006
CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - Cal State Fullerton junior right-hander Candice Baker struck out a career-high 16 batters in a complete-game effort as the Titans closed out day two of the 2006 Palm Springs Classic with an 8-2 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday night in Cathedral City, Calif.
Baker (5-2) struck out seven of the first 10 batters she faced, including striking out the side twice in the first and third innings and retiring five straight batters via the "K" at one point. She allowed two runs on six hits while walking only one in the victory.
Chelsey Barclay suffered the loss for the Cowgirls, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits and walking three in 2 1/3 innings of work.
After falling behind early in each of their first three games on the weekend, it was finally the Titans' turn to jump out early as they put up a pair of runs in the top of the first.
Senior Molly Perez reached on a fielder's choice and stole second to get herself into scoring position. Baker then reached on an error to put runners on the corners for Van Boxmeer, who hit a sharp liner off the pitchers glove, but it was enough to get Perez home from third when the play went to first for the 1-0 lead.
Baker, who went to third on the Van Boxmeer play, then scored two batters later on a double steal when Jenna Wheeler got hung up between first and second, but drew the attention of the Cowgirls' defense long enough before being tagged out to allow Baker to scamper home for the 2-0 advantage.
Van Boxmeer drove in two more in the third when she crushed a 1-1 pitch deep to left centerfield for her third home run of the season and a 4-0 Titans' lead. The Titans added another in the fourth on an RBI double down the right field line by Amanda Kamekona, scoring pinch runner Crystal Vieyra all the way from first to make it 5-0.
Fullerton added a sixth run in the fifth on a delayed double steal as Van Boxmeer stole second and Perez broke for home on the throw down to second base. Van Boxmeer, who advanced to third on the play at home on Perez, then scored two batters later on Katie Gollhardt's single through the left side to make it 7-0.
Oklahoma State broke up the shutout in the fifth on back-to-back one out doubles, including a ground rule RBI two-bagger by Krystle Sanchez to make it 7-1. The Cowgirls added another in the sixth on an RBI single by Courtney Totte to make it 7-2, but a strikeout and a double play prevented any further damage in the frame.
The Titans got one of those runs back in the seventh as Van Boxmeer smacked her second home run of the game (fourth of the season) to dead centerfield to make it 8-2.
Van Boxmeer, Gollhardt, and Kamekona each finished with a pair of hits on the night while Van Boxmeer scored three times and drove in four.
Cal State Fullerton closes out play at the Palm Springs Classic on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. as the Titans take on No. 8 Texas A&M.