Fullerton Sweeps a Pair From Loyola-Chicago, Virginia
March 7, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton sophomore Katie Gollhardt went 3-for-6 with three runs scored and six RBI while the Titans got stellar outings from three different pitchers as Fullerton swept a pseudo doubleheader from Loyola-Chicago and Virginia on Tuesday night in Fullerton, Calif.
The Titans defeated the Ramblers, 12-0, in five innings and concluded the night with a 5-0 win over the Cavaliers. It was the first time that the Titans have gone 2-0 in a single day this season as the Titans have split all nine chances at four tournaments this season.
Fullerton continues a busy week on Wednesday afternoon (March 8) at noon with a single game at UCLA and travels to San Diego State on Friday (March 10) for a doubleheader at 4 and 6 p.m.
GAME 1: CAL STATE FULLERTON 12, LOYOLA-CHICAGO 0 (5 inn.)
Cal State Fullerton senior Marissa Marzan struck out eight batters in pitching her first career collegiate no-hitter and five Titans had multiple hits as Fullerton shutout Loyola-Chicago, 12-0, in five innings.
Marzan (3-2) allowed only three baserunners and was perfect until hitting the leadoff batter in the fourth and allowed only two more runners to reach on a catchers interference and a walk. She needed only 60 pitches to dispatch the Ramblers.
It was the first no-hitter for a Titans pitcher since Jodie Cox no-hit Cal State Northridge on April 6, 2003, in an 11-0 victory over the Matadors
The Titans kept rolling in the second as sophomore Katie Gollhardt smacked her first collegiate grand slam and Marzan followed with a solo shot to make it 10-0 after two.
Van Boxmeer added an RBI triple in the third and Crystal Vieyra's RBI groundout capped the scoring for the Titans, who posted their highest offensive output of the season for runs and hits (13).
Five Titans had two hits, as the bottom six batters in the order accounted for 11 of the team's total. Candice Baker was one of four Titans to score twice on the night.
Van Boxmeer was 2-for-3 as was Weatherford and Kroh. Van Boxmeer had an RBI single in the first and a run-scoring triple in the third.
Laura DeLeon suffered the loss for Loyola-Chicago as she was stung with five earned runs on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings of work.
GAME 2: CAL STATE FULLERTON 5, VIRGINIA 0
Ashley Van Boxmeer's one-out sacrifice fly broke a scoreless tie in the sixth and ignited a five-run inning for the Titans as they defeated Virginia, 5-0.
Fullerton starter Brooke Weekley and Virginia's Karla Wilburn were locked in a pitcher's duel through 5 1/2 innings before the Titans' bats finally figured out Wilburn.
Whitney Kroh led off the sixth with a walk, was sacrificed over to second, and moved to third on Molly Perez's infield single. After an intentional walk to Candice Baker to load the bases, Van Boxmeer lifted the first pitch she saw to center field, deep enough to bring Kroh home and move Perez to third.
Baker then stole second base to set the stage for Gollhardt, who come through on a 2-2 pitch with a double to the right field fence, plating both runners and make it 3-0.
Marissa Marzan followed with a single to left to put runners on the corners for Tiffany Hoff, who roped a full-count offering from Wilburn over the head of the Cavaliers' centerfielder, scoring two more runs for the final tallies of the game.
Baker, who entered in relief of Weekley in the sixth, then shut the door, allowing a lead-off walk, but got a fielder's choice and struck out a pair to end the game.
Weekley pitched very well in the no decision, scattering six hits, walking one and striking out five. Baker (9-3) pitched two innings of hitless relief, striking out three to earn the win.
Wilburn suffered the loss, allowing five runs on five hits, walking two and striking out two in the complete game effort.
Five different Titans had hits on the night while the Cavaliers were led by Amy McKean, who was 3-for-3. Virginia stranded eight runners on base, including four in scoring position and left the bases loaded in the fifth.