Titans Twirl a Pair of Shutouts on Day Two in Palm Springs

Feb. 24, 2007

CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - Cal State Fullerton moved to 4-0 on the weekend at the 2007 Palm Springs Classic thanks to a pair of shutout victories on Saturday afternoon as the Titans blanked Notre Dame, 2-0, and Illinois-Chicago, 3-0, at the Big League Dreams Sports Park in Cathedral City.

The wins improved Fullerton's overall record to 9-6 this season as the Titans have won their last four consecutive games.

Cal State Fullerton concludes tournament play on Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. as the Titans take on Long Island University.

Cal State Fullerton 2, Notre Dame 0

Box Score

Sophomore Courtney Martinez's third home run of the season in the fifth inning turned out to be the only runs Cal State Fullerton would need as the Titans clinched their third consecutive win with a 2-0 shutout of Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon in day two of the 2007 Palm Springs Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.

After junior Jessica Doucette drew a full-count two-out walk, Martinez sent the first pitch she saw from Notre Dame starter Kenya Fuemmeler over the fence in right field for the game's only runs.

Fullerton starter Candice Baker (5-3) then held off the charging Irish, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the sixth after Notre Dame knocked a pair of one-out singles and put runners on every base with a walk to Heather Johnson after a strikeout by Linda Kohan.

Katie Laing then grounded to Martinez at short, who flipped on to Doucette for the force at third to end the inning. Baker and the defense set the side down in order in the seventh with a strikeout and a pair of ground balls to end the game.

Baker allowed only three hits, walked one, and struck out six to earn her third complete-game shutout in her last four starts.

Martinez, who finished 2-for-4, Baker and Katie Gollhardt each had hits for the Titans, who stranded six runners - two in scoring position. Doucette, who had a nine-game hitting streak entering the game, saw her streak snapped as she finished 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Fuemmeler (0-4) pitched well in the loss, allowing the two runs on four hits, walking three and striking out three. Three different Notre Dame players had hits.

Cal State Fullerton 3, Illinois-Chicago 0

Box Score

Cal State Fullerton junior Jessica Doucette scattered five hits in earning her first shutout of the year while three different Titans drove in runs as Fullerton remained unbeaten at the Palm Springs Classic with a 3-0 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday night.

Doucette improved to 3-1 in the circle this season while tossing her fourth complete game of the year. She walked three and struck out three in the victory.

The home team for the first time this weekend, the Titans jumped out quickly in the bottom of the first inning as the first four Fullerton batters reached base.

Back-to-back hits by Doucette and Martinez and a walk to Kiki Munoz set the table for Lauren Lupinetti, who was promptly hit by a pitch for the fourth time on the weekend to drive home the first run.

After a lineout, Gollhardt sent a flyball to right, deep enough to bring Martinez home with the second run, but Munoz was thrown out at third trying to advance on a nice relay to end the threat.

Fullerton added another run in the sixth, loading the bases with one out for Baker, who lifted a deep fly ball to left, scoring Ashley Van Boxmeer, who doubled to lead off the inning, from third to make it 3-0.

Illinois-Chicago threatened numerous times throughout the game, leaving two runners in scoring position in both the second and third innings and stranding a runner at second in the seventh. The Flames left eight runners on altogether for the game.

Chelsea Fuemmeler suffered the loss, allowing all three runs on four hits, walking four and striking out one.

Five different Flames had hits on the night while four different players accounted for the Titans' hits.

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