Feb. 28, 2009
FULLERTON, CA - Minnesota's Brianna Hassett allowed just four hits and struck out eight while a three-run fifth inning proved to be the difference for the Golden Gophers as they handed Cal State Fullerton a 3-0 loss on day two of the 2009 DeMarini Invitational at Anderson Family Field on Saturday afternoon.
The loss was the fifth straight for the Titans (5-9), who fell to 0-2 in the tournament. For Minnesota, it was the team's second straight 3-0 win after a win over UC Riverside earlier in the day, helping the Golden Gophers even their record at 10-10.
Hassett (10-5) and her defense combined to strand nine runners on base, including the bases loaded in the first and runners in scoring position in the second, third, fifth and seventh innings. Freshman Krystal Heinle (3-3) suffered the loss despite striking out a career-high nine batters in the complete-game effort, retiring the first 10 batters of the game and 12 of the first 15 after stranding the bases loaded in the fourth.
The Golden Gophers finally broke the stalemate in the fifth as an infield single by Colleen Conway plated Dannie Skrove with the first run of the game. After a line-out for out number two, back-to-back hits by Malisa Barnes and Shannon Stemper capped the scoring, making it 3-0 in favor of Minnesota.
Hassett then shut the door, allowing just one hit over the final three innings to seal the shutout.
Four different Titans had hits for Fullerton, including the first career base hits for Heinle and freshman Nicole Johnson. Barnes finished 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Golden Gophers.
Cal State Fullerton closes out tournament play on Sunday afternoon with a pair of games, hosting Auburn and No. 5 Stanford beginning at 11:15 a.m. at Anderson Family Field.