Cal State Fullerton Sweeps Doubleheader from Pacific

April 21, 2007

Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

FULLERTON, CA - The Cal State Fullerton softball team got back in the win column on Saturday afternoon, sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Pacific by the scores of 2-0 and 5-1 in a Big West Conference series at Anderson Family Field.

The two wins improved the Titans' record to 27-17 overall, 9-2 in the Big West Conference. The Tigers, who entered the weekend in first place in the league standings, fell to 31-15 overall and 6-2 in conference play.

Fullerton got superb performances in the circle from starters Candice Baker and Brooke Weekley, who combined to hold the Pacific lineup to one run on 12 hits in the sweep.

Baker (16-9) earned her eighth shutout of the season in the opener, scattering just four hits and striking out five, while the Titans capitalized on a Tigers error for two runs in the first inning en route to the win.

Ashley Van Boxmeer drew a two-out walk and stole second before Lauren Lupinetti followed with a walk to put a pair on for Kiki Munoz.

Munoz then grounded a ball to short that was fielded cleanly, but the throw drew Pacific's Jennifer Curtier off the bag at first and Van Boxmeer ran out the play to score the first run and make it 1-0.

With Lupinetti now in scoring position, Katie Gollhardt then followed with an RBI single to right for the 2-0 lead.

That was all the offense Baker would need as she and the Titans' defense stranded 10 Tigers on the basepaths - including five in scoring position and the bases loaded in the seventh inning.

Fullerton, which managed only three hits in the opener, also got singles from Munoz and Baker after Gollhardt's run-scoring hit in the first.

In game two, senior Brooke Weekley made only her fourth start of the season a good one as she struck out five and scattered eight hits in the Titans' 5-1 win.

Weekley (7-3), who hadn't started a game since March 27 at Loyola Marymount, kept Pacific's bats off balance all afternoon, retiring nine in a row at one point and striking out the Tigers' Curtier with the bases loaded in the seventh to end the game.

The pitchers duel between Weekley and Alyce Jorgensen lasted four-plus innings before Fullerton broke through in the fifth, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring four times.

A walk to Jessica Doucette and back-to-back singles by Courtney Martinez and Van Boxmeer loaded the bases for Lupinetti, who laced a double into the corner in left field to plate two runs and give the Titans the 2-0 lead.

Jorgensen was then lifted in favor of reliever Heidi Helberg to face Kiki Munoz, who promptly lifted a fly ball into right field to score Van Boxmeer and make it 3-0.

Two batters later, Crystel Vieyra singled to left to plate pinch-runner Cammi Kaichi for the 4-0 advantage.

Pacific got one of the runs back in the sixth as Lizzie Hagan led off the inning with her seventh home run of the season to cut the deficit to 4-1. However, that would be as close as the Tigers would get as the Titans tacked on another run on Martinez's sixth home run of the year to make it 5-1.

The Tigers made it interesting in the seventh as Casey Goldsand singled with one out and Pacific got an infield hit by Gina Carbonatto and a walk to Hagan to load the bases for Curtier, who worked the count to 2-2 before striking out swinging to end the game.

Jorgensen (7-3) allowed four runs on six hits in five innings to take the loss.

Lupinetti and Martinez led the Titans with 3-for-4 afternoon's at the plate while Van Boxmeer also added a pair of hits in Fullerton's 11-hit attack.

The Titans have now won nine straight against the Tigers and moved Head Coach Michelle Gromacki to within one victory of No. 300 for her career.

The two teams conclude their three-game series on Sunday afternoon (April 21) at 12 p.m. at Anderson Family Field.