Cal State Fullerton Sweeps Weekly Big West Softball Honors
April 2, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton junior Jessica Doucette and senior Candice Baker were named the Big West Conference player and pitcher of the week, respectively, on Monday after helping lead the Titans to a 4-1 week.
It marks the first time this season that Cal State Fullerton has swept the league's weekly honors, but not the first time that these players have been honored as Doucette picked up her second award of the season while Baker was named pitcher of the week for the third time in 2007.
Doucette (El Segundo, Calif./University of Georgia) had a very productive week at the top of the Titans' lineup as she hit .421 on the week with seven runs scored, three home runs and seven runs driven in. She led the team in hits, runs, home runs and RBI for the week while also slugging 1.000 and amassing an on base percentage of .429 from the leadoff spot.
Doucette found her power this past weekend in the Titans' Big West opener at UC Santa Barbara as she hit a home run in each of the three games - including the game-winning two-run shot in the 10th inning to help lift Fullerton to a 3-1 victory in the opener.
She followed that up with a 3-for-4 performance in game two that saw her score three times and drive in three more runs. Doucette finished 1-for-4 with a home and two RBI in Sunday's finale to extend her hitting streak to five games.
In addition to her work at the plate, Doucette was also solid in the circle pitching 15 1/3 innings and posting a 0.46 ERA to go with a .128 batting average against.
Baker (Buena Park, Calif./Cypress HS) earned the win in all three games this past weekend against the Gauchos, making two starts and an appearance in relief.
After Doucette's eight strong innings in the circle in the opener, Baker entered in relief in the ninth and shut down the UCSB offense, retiring all six batters she faced in the 3-1 win.
In game two, Baker was equally as impressive, holding the Gauchos to one hit and three baserunners through the first six innings before UCSB pushed across four harmless runs with her team already holding an 11-0 lead.
In game three, Baker combined with teammate Brooke Weekley on the four-hit shutout, allowing just three hits and striking out seven in four innings of work.
For the weekend, Baker held UCSB to a .178 batting average (8-for-45) while striking out 13 to only one walk.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the field this week as the Titans host Cal State Northridge at Anderson Family Field for a three-game series. Play begins with a doubleheader on Friday (April 6) at 5 p.m. with first-pitch for the final game of the series scheduled for Saturday (April 7) at noon.