Softball Splits Again in Doubleheader Against No. 16 Northwestern
March 23, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - For the 10th time in 11 opportunities this season the Cal State Fullerton softball team has split a doubleheader, as the Titans defeated No. 16/18 Northwestern, 6-3, in game one before falling 10-0 in six innings on an Eileen Canney no-hitter in game two on Thursday night in Fullerton, Calif.
Fullerton now stands at 17-16 overall while Northwestern improved to 17-7 overall with its game two victory.
The Titans failed to win two games in a single day for the 10th time this season with the only "doubleheader" win coming via 12-0 and 5-0 wins over Loyola-Chicago and Virginia, respectively, on March 7.
Cal State Fullerton will have another chance to break that skid on Saturday (March 25) at noon as the Titans play host to another Big Ten foe in Ohio State.
GAME 1: CAL STATE FULLERTON 6, \#16 NORTHWESTERN 3
Sophomore Katie Gollhardt and senior Marissa Marzan each drove in two runs and junior Candice Baker struck out 10 Northwestern batters as the Titans defeated the No. 16 Wildcats, 6-3, to open the doubleheader.
Baker (12-5) reached double-digit strikeouts for the third consecutive game in recording her 12th pitching win of the season, allowing three runs on five hits in the complete-game effort. Northwestern's Eileen Canney (6-3) suffered the loss, allowing four earned on four hits in 1 2/3 innings of work. Courtnay Foster pitched four-plus innings of two-hit softball, allowing an unearned run while striking out five.
Fullerton, which defeated Northwestern for the first time this season in three tries, jumped out early against the Wildcats, putting up a pair of runs in the first on a sacrifice fly by Gollhardt and an RBI single through the right side by senior Ashlee Weatherford to make it 2-0.
The Titans broke things open in the second with three runs as Gollhardt started the scoring with an RBI single up the middle and added two more on a run-scoring single by Marzan to make it 5-0.
Northwestern finally broke through on the scoreboard in the third as Ashley Crane led off the inning with her second home run of the season to make it 5-1. The Wildcats continued to threaten as Darcy Sengewald blooped a single into right field, Tammy Williams followed with a walk, and Katie Logan reached on a fielding error to load the bases with no one out.
However, Baker worked out of the jam, striking out Garland Cooper and Kristen Amegin, and ending the inning by inducing Jamie Dotson into a weak comebacker to the circle to strand three and escape further damage.
Fullerton got the run back in the fourth as the Titans put together a bases-loaded situation of their own and scoring when pinch hitter Tiffany Hoff was hit by a pitch to force home Gollhardt and make it 6-1.
Baker then went to work, holding the Wildcats hitless over the next 3 2/3 innings before Northwestern rallied for a pair of harmless runs in the seventh with two outs. Crane again started the rally with a single through the left side and moved to second after Sengewald walked. Williams then drove both runners home with a double to left center field to close the gap to 6-3.
The Titans then closed out the game when Logan's sharp liner to the left side was speared by Yvette Fernandez.
Six different Fullerton players accounted for the team's hits while Crane led all players with a 2-for-3 performance. The Titans' Kiki Munoz was 0-for-0 with four walks on the afternoon, but she (or her pinch runner) was stranded all four times.
GAME 2: \#16 NORTHWESTERN 10, CAL STATE FULLERTON 0 (6 inn.)
Northwestern junior Eileen Canney rebounded from a tough outing in game one to toss her second career no-hitter while striking out seven as the Wildcats downed host Cal State Fullerton, 10-0, in six innings to close out a doubleheader on Thursday night in Fullerton, Calif.
Canney (7-3) allowed only three baserunners on the night via a walk, fielder's choice, and an error in that span. She also notched her 500th career strikeout in the sixth inning.
Senior Marissa Marzan (4-6) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out four in five innings of work. Sophomore Dana Crucil pitched the final inning in relief.
After matching zeroes through three innings, the Wildcats broke the game wide open in the fourth, loading the bases for Tammy Williams with one out thanks to a pair of walks and a single. Williams came through to plate the first run of the game with an infield single off the shortstop's glove to make it 1-0 and the Wildcats added another run one batter later on Katie Logan's infield hit to make it 2-0.
After a strikeout, the big blow came from the bat of Kristen Amegin, who blooped a single over the outstretched glove of the second baseman, scoring Williams and Darcy Sengewald to make it 4-0.
Northwestern wasn't done, putting up six more in the sixth - all coming with two outs. The Wildcats loaded the bases and scored the first two runs of the inning on a pair of walks to Jamie Dotson and Shelia McCorkle to make it 6-0. Erin Dyer then stepped to the plate and cranked a 2-2 offering from Crucil over the fence in right centerfield for a grand slam to complete the scoring.
Canney then got a strikeout and a pair of groundouts in the bottom of the sixth to end the game.
The 10 runs allowed by Fullerton were the most by a Titan opponent this season, surpassing the seven runs allowed to Oregon State (twice) and Illinois-Chicago.