Baker Earns Softball's First Big West Pitcher of the Week Honor

Feb. 12, 2007

FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton right-hander Candice Baker was named the season's first Big West Pitcher of the Week on Monday after earning a pair of victories in the circle over the weekend at the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State.

Baker won the award for the fourth time in her career, finishing the weekend with a 2-1 record and a 1.00 ERA with a pair of complete-game shutouts.

She held the opposition to a .116 batting average on the weekend, allowing just three runs on eight hits while striking out 28 batters and walking just five.

In Fullerton's season opener, Baker held Texas Tech to just two hits in a complete-game 5-0 victory, striking out 10 Red Raiders in the process on Friday.

She pitched well on day two against Western Michigan despite being stuck with the loss, allowing just three hits and striking out nine as the Broncos defeated the Titans, 3-1.

Baker finished with a flourish in Sunday's tournament finale as she held NCAA runner-up and No. 4-ranked Northwestern to just three hits while striking out nine Wildcats in Fullerton's 2-0 victory.

Her 28 strikeouts on the weekend gave her 481 for her career, moving her into sixth place on the school's all-time record list.

Fullerton continues tournament play this weekend as the Titans travel to the desert once again to compete at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic hosted by UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev. Cal State Fullerton opens play on Friday (Feb. 16) at 9 a.m. against Portland State.

For more information on the tournament, including schedules, directions, and team information, please visit UNLV's tournament page at www.unlvrebels.com.

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