March 2, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior Candice Baker logged her first career no-hitter as the Titans shutout No. 8 Stanford, 1-0, to highlight the first day of play at the 2007 Worth Invitational on Friday night at Anderson Family Field.
Fullerton, which also posted a 4-0 victory over Minnesota earlier in the day, improved to 11-7 overall on the season in opening the tournament 2-0. The Golden Gophers fell to 7-5 overall with a pair of losses on the day while the Cardinal, who also lost both of their contests on Friday, fell to 14-4.
Baker (6-3) struck out nine and got tremendous help from her defense, which stranded six baserunners, including the tying run in scoring position in the second, third, and fifth innings.
Junior Jessica Doucette, who finished 2-for-3 against Stanford, scored the game's lone run in the first, leading off the inning with a single, moving to second on a sacrifice, and scoring on back-to-back wild pitches by Cardinal starter Becky McCullough (4-2), for the 1-0 lead.
The Titans stranded a runner at second base in the second inning after Shannon Koplitz stole second after reaching on a fielder's choice. Baker then struck out Erin Howe to end the inning and preserve the lead.
Stanford threatened again the third as Alissa Haber and Jackie Rinehart each drew two-out walks, but Baker got Maddy Coon to strikeout swinging to end that threat.
The Cardinal's final chance came in the fifth as Anna Beardman reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Baker got Haber to ground out back to the circle to leave the tying run 60 feet away.
Baker and the Titans then shut the door as the senior right-hander struck out four of the final eight batters over the next two innings to secure the win.
Earlier in the day, Doucette allowed just one hit while striking out nine and senior Ashley Van Boxmeer slugged her fourth home run of the season as Cal State Fullerton opened play with a 4-0 victory over Minnesota.
Doucette improved to 4-1 overall in tossing her second shutout of the season. Katie Dalen (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing two runs without allowing a hit, walking three and striking out four in 3 1/3 innings of work.
Fullerton scored in its opening inning as the Titans loaded the bases with three walks to bring up Van Boxmeer, who also drew a walk to force in the first run. Junior Katie Gollhardt then followed with a deep fly ball to center, scoring pinch-runner Cammi Kaichi for the 2-0 lead.
Cal State Fullerton added two more runs in the third as sophomore Lauren Lupinetti reached on a two-out single and came home on Van Boxmeer's blast to left centerfield to make it 4-0.
That's all Doucette and the Titans would need as Minnesota could muster only four baserunners - with just one batter reaching second base. Heidi Carls managed the only hit for the Golden Gophers, a leadoff single in the third inning.
Fullerton returns to action on Saturday afternoon, facing off against Nevada at 1:30 p.m. before taking on Oklahoma State at approximately 3:45 p.m. at Anderson Family Field.