Fullerton Opens Big West Play With Sweep of UC Santa Barbara
March 31, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, CA - Cal State Fullerton junior Jessica Doucette homered twice, including the game-winner in game one, and drove in five while the Titans' offense banged out 25 hits on the day as they swept a doubleheader from host UC Santa Barbara by the scores of 3-1 (10 inn.) and 11-4 on Saturday afternoon at Campus Diamond in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The victories pushed Fullerton's record to 20-15 overall and 2-0 in league play. The Gauchos fell to 20-10 overall, 0-2 in Big West play.
Cal State Fullerton has now won four consecutive meetings with UCSB and has won its last nine consecutive conference series dating back to 2005.
Doucette finished 4-for-8 with four runs scored, three extra base hits and five runs driven in to help pace the Titans, who accumulated a season-high 19 hits in their game-two victory.
The two teams return for the final game of the three-game series on Sunday (April 1) at noon.
GAME 1: Cal State Fullerton 3, UC Santa Barbara 1 (10 inn.)
Junior Jessica Doucette's first hit of the game turned out to be the game-winner as her two-run home run with one out in the top of the 10th helped lift the Titans to a 3-1 extra-inning victory.
The victory was only the second in extra innings for Cal State Fullerton this season as the Titans improved to 2-7 overall.
UC Santa Barbara took the early lead in the third as Christine Ramos reached on an error and came home three batters later on a sacrifice fly by Tiffany Wright for the 1-0 lead.
Fullerton rallied to tie the game in the sixth as Ashley Van Boxmeer's sixth home run of the season to left field with two outs in the frame brought the Titans even at 1-1.
Both teams left runners on base in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings leading up to Doucette's blast in the 10th. Candice Baker drew a one-out walk to bring up Doucette, who promptly sent a Jennifer Davis offering over the fence in left for the 3-1 lead.
Baker, who entered in relief of Doucette in the circle to start the ninth, then retired the side in order in the 10th, including a strikeout of Liz Walters to end the game.
Baker (11-8) pitched two innings of perfect relief to earn the win. Doucette pitched well, earning a no decision after eight innings of work, allowing the unearned run on three hits with four strikeouts.
Davis (4-7) suffered the loss, pitching the full 10 innings and allowing three runs on six hits, striking out 11.
GAME 2: Cal State Fullerton 11, UC Santa Barbara 4
The Titans' offense tallied a season-high 19 hits and used a six-run fifth inning to break open a tight game to help Fullerton to the 11-4 win in the nightcap.
Baker (12-8) earned the win, allowing the four runs on five hits in the complete-game effort while also striking out five.
MeLinda Matsumoto (9-2) suffered only her second loss of the year, allowing six runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings of work.
Fullerton got the scoring started in the third as Doucette reached on a one-out single and came home four batters later on an RBI single by Munoz for the 1-0 advantage.
Things went quietly in the fourth before the Titans' exploded for six runs in the fifth. Doucette led off the inning with a double and moved to third on an error to bring up Van Boxmeer, who sent a double to centerfield to score the first run and make it 2-0.
Three batters later, junior Katie Gollhardt drove home the Titans' third run with a single and was followed by Crystal Vieyra and Jenna Wheeler, who also added RBI singles to make it 5-0 and leave the bases loaded.
Baker drove home the fifth run of the inning by drawing a walk and Doucette, who finished 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI, followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Vieyra and make it 7-0.
Cal State Fullerton's offense continued to click in the seventh as Wheeler led off with a double and came home two batters later on Doucette's fourth home run of the year to make it 9-0.
Hits by Courtney Martinez and Van Boxmeer kept the inning going as both came home on a two-run single down the left field line by Munoz to make it 11-0.
UCSB would rally for four runs in the bottom of the seventh off Baker, who allowed only one hit through the game's first six innings.
Tisha Duran and Tiffany Wright led off the frame with back-to-back singles and the Gauchos loaded the bases with Brittany Putich followed with a single of her own to load the bases.
Ericka Hansen then stepped to the plate and lifted a fly ball to left to score Duran for UCSB's first run and was followed by Davis, who slugged her second home run of the season to centerfield to clear the bases and make it 11-4.
Baker then worked out of the jam, striking out the final two Gauchos to end the game.