Feb. 10, 2008
FULLERTON, CA - Freshman right-hander Christine Hiner followed up her win over No. 5 Oklahoma on Saturday with another stellar outing, holding Santa Clara to a single-hit and striking out six in a complete game effort, helping lift the Titans to a 7-0 shutout of the Broncos on Sunday afternoon at Anderson Family Field.
Fullerton moved to 3-1 overall on the season while Santa Clara fell to 0-5.
Hiner (2-0), who allowed only four hits and two runs to the Sooners a day earlier, carried a no-hitter into the fourth before Ashley Grove reached on an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop to break up the bid. The rookie righty allowed only four baserunners on the day and retired 12 of the final 13 batters she faced, with the only blemish being a walk to Breann Netto in the sixth.
Fullerton scored early and often off Santa Clara starter Lauren Passafuime (0-2), plating four runs of the righty in the first two innings. The first three Titans to bat reached base and two were driven home on a single to right centerfield by Kiki Munoz to make it 2-0.
Jenna Wheeler led off the second with a single and moved all the way to third on a pair of wild pitches. The senior would score on an error one batter later to make it 3-0. Jessica Doucette drove home the fourth run of the game and drove Passafuime from the game with her double to deep left field to make it 4-0.
The Titans added a single run in the third on a fielder's choice and two more in the fourth on a wild pitch and a run-scoring single by Munoz to complete the scoring.
Sophomore Sheila Holguin tied a career-high with three hits on the day, finishing 3-for-4 with a run scored. Doucette also finished with three hits and three other Titans collected a pair of knocks on the afternoon.
Passafuime allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits, striking out one in only 1 1/3 innings of work. Kaitlyn Rauschnot finished the game, tossing the final 4 2/3 innings, allowing two earned on eight hits and walking three.
Fullerton's offense reached double-digit hits for the second time this weekend, setting a new season-high with 13 - the most hits in a game for the Titans since they had 17 in a win over UC Riverside on May 11, 2007.
Cal State Fullerton returns to action next weekend as the Titans travel to Austin, Texas, to compete in the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational tournament. Fullerton will face 2005 NCAA National Champion Michigan in the opener on Friday at 2:30 p.m. before taking on the host Longhorns later that night.