March 5, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior right-hander Candice Baker was named the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week for a second time this season after helping the Titans to a 4-1 record and their own Worth Invitational last weekend.
Baker, who also earned the league's first weekly award back on Feb. 12, had a tremendous weekend in the circle , posting a 3-0 record - including a pair of shutout victories over nationally-ranked Stanford and Oregon State.
She tossed her first collegiate no-hitter against the No. 8 Cardinal in a 1-0 Titans win while also throwing 5 2/3 innings of no-hit softball against the No. 11 Beavers in another 1-0 Fullerton victory.
One of 50 players on the initial watch list for the 2007 USA Softball National Player of the Year, Baker allowed only one run (unearned) on four hits in 21 innings of work on the weekend, holding the opposition to a .060 batting average (4-for-67).
She struck out 20 batters on the weekend and improved to 3-1 this season against top 25 teams, also holding a win over No. 4 Northwestern back on Feb. 11 at the Kajikawa Classic in Phoenix, Ariz., with the only loss coming against top-ranked Tennessee.
Baker, a two-time NFCA All-West Region First-Team selection as a utility player, notched her sixth and seventh shutouts of the year - one more than she had in all of 2006 (6) and one fewer than she had in her career entering this season (8).
She had nine strikeouts against Stanford and eight more against Oregon State, while holding Nevada to just two hits in a 4-1 win. With her win over OSU, Baker won her third consecutive start and her fourth in her last five starts.
Baker is 8-3 overall this season with a 1.10 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 83 innings pitched. She has gone the distance in 11 of her 13 starts and has held opponents to a .126 batting average.
Cal State Fullerton returns to action with a pair of single games this week at Anderson Family Field. The Titans host Loyola-Chicago on Tuesday (March 6) at 2:30 p.m. before welcoming UCLA on Wednesday evening (March 7) at 6 p.m.