Feb. 2, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - The Cal State Fullerton baseball team (1-0) snapped a four-game losing streak to visiting Stanford (0-1) with an 11-5 win in Friday night's 2007 season opener at Goodwin Field. Fullerton catcher John Curtis drove in four runs to lead both clubs in the win.
With the victory the Titans improve to 29-4 all-time in home openers.
Wes Roemer (1-0) lived up to the billing on Friday tossing six innings in his first outing of the year, fanning eight Cardinal to earn his first victory of the year. The righty cruised for the first four innings, facing just two over the minimum, but then ran into a bump in the fifth, where he allowed three earned runs.
The new Fullerton lineup impressed the home crowd of 3,095, pounding out 14 hits off the Cardinal pitching staff, scoring all 11 runs in the first four innings. Cardinal starter Nolan Gallagher (0-1) took the brunt of the Titan attack, allowing seven runs (six earned) over just three innings of work. The second of the five Stanford arms the Titans faced, Cory Bannister, did not fare much better, allowing four earned runs without recording an out.
Everyone in the Titans' lineup collected at least one hit, while Curtis, Clark Hardman, Joel Weeks, and Joe Scott all finished with multi-hit games. Weeks, in his first game as a Titan, knocked a pair of doubles and drove in two. Curtis had a run-scoring grounder, an RBI single and a two-run double on the night from the No. 4 spot in the lineup. Hardman had an RBI-double and a solo home run, the second of his career, and his first since Feb. 13, 2005, against Fresno State. Joe Scott had three singles to lead all players.
Stanford got at Roemer in the fifth, collecting four hits off the junior with the big blow a two-run double over Hardman's head in center by Autin Yount, to put the second and third runs on the board for the Cardinal. Yount finished with a team-leading two hits and two RBI. Center fielder Sean Ratliff also collected a pair of hits.
Michael Morrison pitched effectively for three innings to pick up his first save of the year. The freshman from Cypress, Calif., allowed just one earned run while striking out two.
The Titans and Cardinal will square off for Game 2, Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Jeff Kaplan (Fullerton) and Jeffery Inman (Stanford) will both get the ball for the first time in 2007.