STANFORD, Calif. – In a battle of two of the top projected teams in the nation, it was No. 13 Stanford taking down No. 17 Cal State Fullerton, 5-0 on Opening Day out at Sunken Diamond on Friday evening.
For Fullerton (0-1), the loss runs its record to 24-22 all-time in season openers, while its now just 4-14 when beginning the season on the road. Stanford's (1-0) win was certainly a meaningful one, as the Titans handed the Cardinal both its first and final loss of 2017. Fullerton defeated Stanford 1-0 last year on opening night at Goodwin Field, while the Titans also earned a 4-2 win in last year's Stanford Regional to advance to Super Regionals and end the Cardinal's season. Overall the Titans went 4-1 vs. Stanford last season.
Tristan Beck (1-0) earned the win for Stanford, tossing 6.0 innings, while surrendering just one run and four hits to go along with five strikeouts and a walk. Colton Eastman (1-0) took the loss for Fullerton, going just 4.1 innings, while surrendering four earned runs and fanning three.
Jake Pavletich put together a nice day at the dish for Fullerton, as he collected the first two hits of the season for the Titans. Overall he went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Sahid Valenzuela recorded the first Titan RBI of the season, going 1-of-3 with an RBI.
The Cardinal struck first, as Tim Tawa opened up the scoring, picking up a two-out RBI single through the left side to score Kyle Stowers from second base. However, Eastman limited the damage, as the Titans got through the second inning trailing just 1-0.
Unfortunately, the lead continued to balloon from there for the Cardinal, as it tacked on two more runs in the third and fourth respectively to open up a 5-0 advantage.
However, the Titans fought back in the sixth with a run of their own. Pavletich began the frame with a rocket down the left field line for a leadoff double. Hank LoForte then moved him over to third with a groundout before Valenzuela singled to left field to bring in Pavletich.
The Titans will look to tie up the series tomorrow at 1 pm PT.
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