Feb. 3, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - Clark Hardman's third hit of the game drove home the winning run in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the Cal State Fullerton baseball team a 6-5, come-from-behind victory over visiting Stanford Saturday night at Goodwin Field.
The win boosted the Titans to 2-0 on the season and gave them their first series win of the year. Stanford dropped to 0-2.
Junior Adam Jorgenson (1-0) threw the final 6 1/3 innings after coming in relief of Titans' starter Jeff Kaplan, allowing just two singles while striking out seven. The righty faced 16 batters and did not allow a Cardinal runner to advance past second base.
Stanford got to Kaplan early, posting three runs in the top of the first, with the big blow coming off the bat of right fielder Michael Taylor. With runners on first and second, Taylor took a Kaplan offering down the right field line for a triple, driving home the first two runs of the game. The right fielder would score two batters later on a Randy Molina single, giving the Cardinal an early 3-0 lead.
A solo home run by catcher Brian Juhl and an RBI double by third baseman Cord Phelps in the second and third innings, respectively, boosted the Cardinal lead to 5-0 after three.
Fullerton mounted a bases loaded threat off Stanford starting pitcher Jeffrey Inman in the fourth inning, but came away with just a lone run on a double-play ground out.
A wild bottom of the fifth inning saw the Titans erase the four-run deficit, as they sent all nine hitters to the plate. Joe Scott got the inning rolling with his second of three hits on the night with a single off of Inman's glove, bringing centerfielder Clark Hardman to the plate. Hardman promptly singled to right, but the ball was misplayed by Taylor in right. Both Scott and Hardman advanced a base, but when Taylor had trouble picking the ball up on numerous occasions, both runners circled the bases to cut the Cardinal lead to 5-3. Taylor was charged with two errors on one batted ball.
Second baseman Joel Weeks reached safely with a push bunt up the first base line to continue the rally one batter later. With two outs, catcher John Curtis and right fielder Chris Jones blasted back-to-back doubles, with Jones' driving home two to tie the game at 5-5.
Inman was replaced by Max Fearnow after going 4 2/3, allowing five earned runs on seven hits. Fearnow (0-1) worked into the eighth, allowing a Scott double to left-center, and Hardman's game-winning single up the middle to pick up the loss. Stanford's David Stringer pitched the final 2/3 of the game.
The Titans and Cardinal will hook up for the series finally at noon on Sunday at Goodwin Field. Schedule to start for the Titans is Sean Urena, making his collegiate debut, and will be facing Cardinal southpaw Jeremy Bleich.