Baker's Walk-Off Homer Lifts Titans Past Syracuse, 3-2
Feb. 11, 2006
TEMPE, AZ - Cal State Fullerton junior Candice Baker's walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning helped lift the Titans to a 3-2 victory over Syracuse in day two action at the 2006 Kajikawa Classic on Saturday evening at the Tempe Sports Complex.
After Syracuse rallied to tie the game in the seventh on back-to-back home runs by Rachel Tilford and Chanel Roehner, Baker stepped to the plate to lead-off the home half of the seventh and sent an 0-2 pitch from Orange right-hander Erin Downey deep to left to seal the victory.
The Titans (2-2) and Orange (0-4) were locked in a pitchers duel through the first three innings as Fullerton starter Marissa Marzan and Syracuse right-hander Erin Downey matched one another zero for zero.
Fullerton finally broke through on the scoreboard in its half of the fourth as Whitney Kroh reached on a single and Amanda Kamekona reached on a fielder's choice and stole second to put a pair in scoring position with two outs.
That brought up sophomore Crystal Vieyra, who sent an 0-1 pitch back through the box, scoring both runners for the 2-0 lead.
The Orange had their best chance to score in the sixth when they loaded the bases with two outs thanks to a pair of walks and a fielder's choice, but Marzan foiled the attempt, inducing Kim Weinstein into an inning-ending ground out.
Marzan went the distance for her first victory of the season, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out four. Sophomore Jenna Wheeler led all players with three hits on the evening.
The two teams combined to strand 17 runners on base - 10 of those by the Titans, who also left five runners in scoring position.
Cal State Fullerton closes out play at the 2006 Kajikawa Classic on Sunday morning at 11:30 am local time against No. 5 Arizona.