Aug. 24, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior utility player Candice Baker was one of 18 players this summer that helped the Stratford Brakettes to a record 27th ASA Women's Major Fastpitch National Championship on Aug. 14 in Amherst, N.Y.
The Brakettes had been tied with Major League Baseball's New York Yankees for the title of most successful sports team. Both organizations owned 26 championships entering the 2006 season.
Baker, who was 22-10 overall with a 2.16 ERA for the Titans in 2006, posted a perfect 8-0 record in nine games in the circle with a 0.30 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 46 innings. She allowed only seven hits and two earned runs (three overall) while walking seven.
At the plate, Baker hit .400 (52-for-130) with three home runs, four doubles, 11 triples, and 37 RBI in 43 games.
In the winner's bracket final, she allowed only three baserunners in a one-hit, 6-0 shutout victory over the Storm USA from Corona, Calif., striking out 12 and adding an RBI double in a four-run third inning.
In the championship game, Baker scattered six hits and struck out 10 in the 7-3 victory over the Southern California Sliders of Yoma Linda, Calif. At the plate, she also added three hits, including a sixth-inning RBI triple.
Last season for the Titans, Baker was an NFCA All-West Region First-Team selection as a utility player for the second consecutive year and was also named to the All-Big West Conference First Team as a pitcher and utility player.
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