May 3, 2009
FULLERTON, CA - Freshman righthander Krystal Heinle carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, finishing with just one hit allowed, and freshman Trina Harrison slugged her third home run of the season to help lift host Cal State Fullerton to a three-game sweep of Cal State Northridge by the score of 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at Anderson Family Field.
The Titans (26-19, 14-4) won their fourth-straight contest and posted their third conference sweep of the year as they remained one-game back of league-leading Cal Poly (a 6-3 winner over Pacific on Sunday) heading into the final weekend of the regular season. The Matadors fell to 27-20 overall and 7-11 in league play.
Heinle (9-7) posted her second complete-game victory of the series, pitching 6 1/3 innings of no-hit softball until Micah Putnam singled back up the middle to break up the bid. She allowed only one unearned run while striking out four for the win.
The freshman was perfect through three before hitting a batter to lead-off the fourth. Heinle faced just four batters over the minimum for the contest.
Amanda Pitzenberger (3-2) suffered the loss, allowing all three runs on eight hits without a walk or strikeout in six innings of work.
Fullerton started the scoring with a single run in the second as Kadie Baldwin and Heinle smacked back-to-back singles with one out for Whitney Kroh who laid down a bunt and beat everybody to the bag at first to load the bases.
That brought up Courtney Martinez, whose medium fly ball to left was deep enough to plate Baldwin for the 1-0 lead.
The Titans quickly tacked on two more in the third as Francesca Gonzales singled to centerfield with two outs to bring up Harrison, who lined a low shot over the wall in left for her third home run of the season and make it 3-0 in favor of Cal State Fullerton.
That was more than enough for Heinle, who had a shutout going until the seventh. Putnam singled and came all the way around to score when Jaci Carlsen's ground ball was bobbled and the attempt to get Putnam digging for third sailed away from the defense to break up the shutout. Heinle then got a ground ball to second base to end the inning.
Harrison and Kroh each had two hits to lead the Titans while four other players added hits on the day.
Cal State Fullerton closes out the regular season next week as the Titans travel to the coast for a three-game series at UC Santa Barbara on Friday (May 8) for a doubleheader and Saturday (May 9) for the single-game finale.