Titans Twirl a Pair of Shutouts to Sweep Ohio State

March 25, 2006

Box Score - Game 1 | Box Score - Game 2

FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton junior right-handers Candice Baker and Brooke Weekley combined to hold visiting Ohio State to just six hits and sophomore Katie Gollhardt drove in three runs on the afternoon as the Titans swept a doubleheader from the Buckeyes by the scores of 4-0 and 2-0 on Saturday afternoon in Fullerton, Calif.

Fullerton improved to 19-16 overall with the wins while sweeping a doubleheader for only the second time in 12 chances this season. Ohio State watched as its seven-game winning streak came to an end in falling to 16-12 overall.

The Buckeyes combined to strand 15 runners on base on the day - 10 of those runners left in scoring position - as they could not come up with the clutch hit to break through on the scoreboard.

For Baker, it was her third shutout of the year, while Weekley earned her first of the season after not pitching for almost three weeks dating back to a no decision against Virginia on May 7.

The Titans hit three home runs on the day as freshman Courtney Martinez and senior Ashlee Weatherford hit their first home runs in a Cal State Fullerton uniform and Gollhardt added her fourth of the year in game one.

In game two, it wasn't the hitting as much as it was being hit for sophomore Crystal Vieyra, as she was hit by a pitch a career-high three times to bring her Big West Conference-leading season total to 15. Vieyra is just five HBPs short of the single-season school record and 15 shy of Amanda Hockett's career mark of 47 from 2000-03. Last season, Vieyra was hit 17 times, a total which led the nation.

Cal State Fullerton returns to action on Tuesday (March 28) as the Titans travel to Los Angeles for a doubleheader against Loyola Marymount beginning at noon.

GAME 1: CAL STATE FULLERTON 4, OHIO STATE 0
The Cal State Fullerton offense came alive late, smashing three home runs in support of starter Candice Baker, who scattered just four hits of her own, as the Titans defeated visiting Ohio State, 4-0, to open the doubleheader.

Baker (13-5) allowed three extra base hits and walked four, but she stranded all eight runners on the afternoon - including five in scoring position - and left the bases loaded in the seventh as the Titans earned the shutout. Jamee Juarez (9-6) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on four hits in the complete game, but didn't walk a batter while striking out nine.

Juarez retired the first 10 batters of the game before the Titans broke through with one out in the fourth. Freshman Courtney Martinez got Fullerton's first hit of the game with a triple to right center and scored one batter later on a perfectly executed squeeze by Katie Gollhardt, just beating the throw home to make it 1-0.

The Titans would add another in the fifth on the first of three long balls as senior catcher Ashlee Weatherford launched her first home run as a Titan over the left field wall to make it 2-0. The Fullerton bats then went back-to-back in the sixth as Martinez and Gollhardt each went deep - the first of her career for Martinez and the fourth of the season for Gollhardt - to cap the scoring.

Martinez led all Titans with two hits while Megan Schwab was a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk to lead the Buckeyes.

GAME 2: CAL STATE FULLERTON 2, OHIO STATE 0
Cal State Fullerton junior Brooke Weekley held Ohio State to just two hits for her first shutout of the season and sophomore Katie Gollhardt drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the first as the Titans swept a doubleheader from the Buckeyes with a 2-0 win in the nightcap on Saturday afternoon in Fullerton, Calif.

Weekley (2-3), who hadn't pitched since tossing five innings in a start against Virginia on May 7, was masterful despite allowing four walks, stranding seven Ohio State runners on the day - including five in scoring position - to help the Titans to a doubleheader sweep for only the second time this season.

Buckeyes freshman Kim Reeder allowed just one earned run on three hits in the complete game effort, striking out five and keeping her team in the game by stranding 10 Titans on the basepaths - six of those in scoring position.

Fullerton manufactured the first run of the game thanks to some help from the Ohio State defense as junior Ashley Van Boxmeer led off the first by being hit by a pitch and moved all the way to third when Courtney Martinez's sacrifice bunt was thrown away by the Buckeyes' third baseman.

That brought up Gollhardt who hit a fly ball to medium right field, enough to plate Van Boxmeer from third for the 1-0 lead.

The Titans remained without a hit until the fourth inning once again until sophomore Whitney Kroh slapped a one-out single that hopped over the third baseman and glanced off the glove of the shortstop into left field. Kroh then moved to second when the left fielder's throw skipped through the infield and into foul territory in right field.

After sophomore Crystal Vieyra was hit for the second time, Reeder worked out of the jam striking out the next two batters to keep Ohio State close.

However, Fullerton manufactured an insurance run in the fifth as Gollhardt led off with a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice by Kiki Munoz, and scored on Candice Baker's two-out single to left to make it 2-0.

That was all Weekley and the Titans needed as she retired the final six batters of the game in order to secure the win.

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