Baker Hits, Pitches Titans Past Texas Tech, 2-1
March 4, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton junior right-hander Candice Baker struck out nine and and ended an 0-for-20 streak with a 2-for-3 day at the plate, including the eventual game-winning RBI as the Titans downed Texas Tech, 2-1, to open day two of play at the 2006 Worth Invitational.
Fullerton improved to 10-8 overall while the Red Raiders fell to 5-14.
Baker (8-2) won her second start of the tournament, allowing only an infield single to Elizabeth Eimen in the first inning and retired 11 consecutive batters into the seventh before Texas Tech rallied to make it close.
With a two-run lead and way ahead after recording the first two outs in the frame, Baker struggled with some control, walking the bases loaded and hitting pinch hitter Alex Watkins on a 1-2 pitch, driving home pinch runner Emily Niederhofer to make it 2-1.
Baker then closed out the game by striking out Kristen Healy swinging on four pitches.
The Titans got on the board first in the third as the first two batters of the inning reached thanks to a pair of costly Red Raider errors. After a fielder's choice and an out at home, senior Molly Perez came to the plate and laced a single down the first base line that glanced off the first baseman's glove before going foul, scoring Crystal Vieyra for the 1-0 lead.
Fullerton added another run in the fifth as Perez reached on a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Baker's RBI single to right to make it 2-0.