April 9, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton sophomore Lauren Lupinetti was named the Big West Conference Co-Player of the Week on Monday afternoon for her efforts in helping the Titans to a sweep of league rival Cal State Northridge.
It is the first career Big West weekly honor for Lupinetti, who joins two-time winner Jessica Doucette as Big West player of the week honorees from Cal State Fullerton this season.
Lupinetti (Long Beach, CA/Lakewood HS/St. John's University), who shared the honor with Pacific's Casey Goldsand, was one of three Titans who hit .500 on the weekend, but she led the team in hits and drove in four runs to help pace the Fullerton offense.
In game one, Lupinetti finished with two hits, including a three-run home run in the sixth to break open a one-run game.
She also finished with two hits in the Titans' 2-1 game two victory and added an RBI and highlight-reel catch in game three with the go-ahead runs in scoring position to preserve a 4-4 tie in a game Fullerton would eventually win, 6-4.
Lupinetti extended her team-best hitting streak to seven games with her performances, hitting .400 (10-for-25) in that stretch and raising her batting average 19 points to .313 overall on the season.
Fullerton, which has won seven straight and 10 of its last 12, returns to the diamond this weekend for a three-game series against rival Long Beach State at the 49er Softball Complex on Saturday (April 14) and Sunday (April 15).
First pitch for both days is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Long Beach, Calif.