Big Inning Lifts Wolverines Over Titans

Feb. 15, 2008

Box Score

AUSTIN, TX - An RBI single by Michigan's Alessandra Giampaolo in the third snapped a 1-1 tie and jumpstarted a five-run inning as the No. 12 Wolverines defeated No. 17 Cal State Fullerton, 6-1, on Friday morning in the first game of the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational under cloudy skies in Austin, Texas.

The Titans (3-2) got on the board first on back-to-back doubles to left by Kiki Munoz and Lauren Lupinetti, but the Wolverines battled back to tie the game on a throwing error and make it 1-1.

That's when things began to unravel for Fullerton as Giampaolo singled home Molly Bausher, who doubled and moved to third on a passed ball to lead off the inning, to make it 2-1 in favor of Michigan (5-1). After a sacrifice and an infield single, Maggie Viefhaus laced a triple down the line in left to score a pair and make it 4-1.

Dorrian Shaw and Nikki Nemitz, who finished 3-for-4, added RBI doubles later in the inning to cap the scoring.

After giving up some early hits, Nemitz (4-0) shut the Titans down in the circle, retiring nine in a row at one point and finishing with five strikeouts in the complete-game effort.

Senior Jessica Doucette (1-2) suffered the loss for Fullerton, allowing five earned on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings of work. Freshman Christine Hiner performed well in relief, allowing just six hits and striking out a pair in 3 2/3 innings.

Cal State Fullerton returns to action at approximately 12 p.m. (PST) as the Titans take on Penn State.