May 15, 2003
TUCSON -- Minnesota junior Piper Marten threw a one-hitter and struck out 13 to shut out Cal State Fullerton in NCAA Region 1 Softball first-round action Thursday morning.
Marten struck out the first five batters she faced and allowed only a single by CSUN first baseman Jan Moshier in the third.
Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on three consecutive singles by Anne Thul, Angie Recknor and Shelly Nichols.
The Golden Gophers made it 2-0 in the fourth with a leadoff walk by Rachel Keeney, a sacrifice by Andrea Smith, who reached first safely, a sacrifice by Stephanie Sward and a sacrifice fly ball by Marten. UM pushed it to 3-0 in the next inning when Anne Thul was hit by a pitch and later scored on an RBI double by Keeney.
Cal State Northridge (26-22) plays an elimination game at 7 p.m. Thursday. Minnesota moves to second-round Game 7 action against the winner of the Arizona-Colorado State game.
CSUN Coach Barbara Jordan:
"Minnesota played a good game. (Piper) Marten pitched a good game and we didn't play well enough to win. I can't pinpoint a reason why we lost, other than her pitching. We can play better."
CSUN's Jan Moshier:
"She threw a lot of breaking balls that we couldn't adjust to."
UM Co-Coach Lisa Bernstein:
"I'm really pleased how our team played. We have some experience from last years's tournament. Piper pitched a good game and we got a run early which always helps."
"I was more excited than nervous. We tried hard to get here. We're just excited to play."