Baker Tosses Two-Hit Shutout in 1-0 Win Over #11 Oregon State
March 4, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior Candice Baker tossed 5 2/3 innings of no-hit softball and junior Whitney Kroh drove home the game's only run as the Titans defeated No. 11 Oregon State, 1-0, to close out the 2007 Worth Invitational on Sunday afternoon at Anderson Family Field.
The victory improves Fullerton to 13-8 overall as the Titans finished the Worth Invitational with a 4-1 record. The Beavers fell to 11-7 overall and finished 3-2 in tournament play.
Baker (8-3) retired the first 17 batters she faced before Dani Chisholm broke-up the senior's second no-hit bid of the weekend with an infield slap single in the sixth inning.
The right-hander finished with eight strikeouts and faced two over the minimum as Cambria Miranda singled with one out in the seventh for Oregon State's only other hit of the game.
Baker won her third consecutive start and the fourth in her last five starting assignments.
Fullerton plated the game's only run in the second as freshman Sheila Holguin sliced a ball down the rightfield line and into the corner for her first career triple.
That brought up Kroh, who beat out a ball that just got between DeAnn Young and Paige Lowe for an infield single that plated Holguin for the 1-0 lead.
It was all that Baker and the Titans would need as Fullerton's defense was perfect in the field, including a highlight-reel catch by Jenna Wheeler on a Stef Ewing lineout that prevented possible extra bases in the third.
Brianne McGowan (6-4) suffered the loss for Oregon State, allowing the run on four hits in three innings of work. Ta'Tyana McElroy pitched a perfect three innings of relief, striking out two to keep the Beavers in the game.
Titans' senior Ashley Van Boxmeer led all players with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate.
Cal State Fullerton returns to action with a pair of single games this week at Anderson Family Field. The Titans host Loyola-Chicago on Tuesday (March 6) at 2:30 p.m. before welcoming UCLA on Wednesday evening (March 7) at 6 p.m.