April 6, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton extended its winning streak to six straight games, sweeping a doubleheader from Big West Conference foe Cal State Northridge by the scores of 11-6 and 2-1 on Friday night at Anderson Family Field.
The wins pushed Fullerton's record to 23-15 overall and a perfect 5-0 in league play. The Matadors fell to 13-15-1 overall, 1-4 in Big West action. The Titans have now won 10 consecutive Big West series dating back to 2005.
In game one, junior Jessica Doucette's sixth home run of the season - a grand slam over the left field fence - capped a five-run fifth inning for the Titans and helped lift them to an 11-6 win in the opener.
Fullerton, which got a home run by senior Ashley Van Boxmeer to put up the first run of the game in the first inning, fell behind quickly in the third as Cal State Northridge slugged three home runs and plated six runs to go up 6-1.
Jackie Duree led off the inning with her first of the season and was followed three batters later by Christina Saenz, who brought home Kelly Zakosek with an RBI single for the 2-1 lead.
The Matadors tacked on two more as Amanda Peek followed with her eighth home run of the season to make it 4-1 and, after a single by Jaclyn Rymer, Megan Smith's two-out two-run home run gave CSUN what looked to be an insurmountable five-run advantage.
The Titans scratched out a run in the third on an error when the Northridge catcher dropped a throw from the right fielder, allowing Doucette to score from third on what looked to be a sure double play.
That set the stage for the fourth inning as the Titans loaded the bases with one out thanks to singles by Kiki Munoz and Crystal Vieyra and a walk to Jenna Wheeler. That brought up Candice Baker, who was hit on a 2-2 offering from starter Sam Schroeder to drive home a run and make it 6-3.
Schroeder was then lifted in favor of Lovato and was promptly greeted by Doucette, who slammed the first pitch she saw over the fence in left for her first grand slam as a Titan, giving Fullerton the 7-6 advantage.
The Titans added four more runs in the sixth on a three-run home run by sophomore Lauren Lupinetti, her sixth of the year, and an RBI single to left field by Wheeler to cap the scoring.
Senior Brooke Weekley (5-3) earned the win in relief, pitching 1 1/3 innings of perfect softball. Baker earned her third save of the year, allowing only a walk and striking out eight in three innings of work - including the final seven batters of the game.
Schroeder was charged with five earned runs (six overall) on five hits and two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings, but was stuck with the no decision. Lovato (8-9) allowed five runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out two.
Four Titans finished with two hits on the night as Fullerton had 12 for the game - the seventh time this year Fullerton has finished with double-digit hits in a game. Six different players had hits for the Matadors.
In game two, a sacrifice fly by Kiki Munoz in the fifth inning proved to be the difference and senior Candice Baker tossed a one-hitter as the Titans swept the doubleheader with a 2-1 victory in the nightcap.
Northridge took the early lead on Christina Saenz's second home run of the season with two outs in the first inning, but Baker settled down, retiring 10 straight batters until Jaclyn Rymer was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth.
That brought up Munoz, who lifted a fly ball to right field, deep enough to plate Van Boxmeer for the go-ahead run.
Baker then shut down the Matadors, striking out three of the final five batters she faced, and stranding the tying run on second in the sixth inning to nail down the win.
Baker (14-8) finished with seven strikeouts, allowing only the single run on the single hit. Amanda Pitzenberger (5-5) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on eight hits and striking out two in 4 1/3 innings.
Lupinetti led the Titans with her 2-for-3 effort on the night as seven of the nine Fullerton batters had at least one hit.
Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge close out the three game series on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. at Anderson Family Field.