Feb. 4, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - In a wild three hour thirty-one minute non-conference baseball game at Goodwin Field, Cal State Fullerton (3-0) held on to beat Stanford (0-3), 12-10, to complete the weekend sweep of the Cardinal for the first time since 2003.
What started out as a pitchers duel between Fullerton's Sean Urena and Jeremy Bleich turned into game that saw a combined 30 hits and 12 combined pitching changes.
Urena in his first collegiate start went five innings and allowed just one earned run while striking out one Cardinal. He left the game trailing 2-1, giving way to reliever Dustin Birosak.
Bleich (1-0) carried a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning for the Cardinal before the Titans unleashed a 10-hit, 11-run barrage to take a commanding 12-2 lead after seven. Jake Vasquez got things going with a single to right for the Titans in the seventh, and was followed by a Dustin Garneau walk and a Clark Hardman single, knocking the Cardinal lefty from the game and handing him his first loss of the season. Joe Scott greeted relief pitcher Austin Yount with a two-run single to put the Titans in the lead for good. Joel Weeks (RBI-single), Evan McArthur (RBI-double), Chris Jones (2-run single), and John Curtis (RBI-double) would follow with consecutive RBI hits before David Stringer, the Cardinal's third reliever of the inning recorded an out. Fullerton would score three more times on three more extra-base hits in the inning that included Vasquez's (double), Hardman's (triple) and Scott's (double) second hits of the inning.
Bleich was hit for four runs in the Titans' half of the seventh while Yount (2), Stringer (2) Tom Stilson (2) and Blake Hancock (1) allowed the other seven runs before the sixth pitcher of the inning, Rex Petrill, got the final two outs.
Despite a 10-run deficit, the Cardinal battled back and scored six times in the top of the eighth off relievers Bryan Harris, Paul Canedo and Ryan Ackland. Michael Taylor led off the frame with a towering homer off Harris that would be the first of five consecutive hits the Cardinal would get off the Titan relievers. Harris (1-0) would leave the game following Taylor's homer, but would wind up being the beneficiary of the Titan offense. Each of the first six batters in the eighth inning would reach base and score to pull the Stanford team within four at 12-8.
Ackland returned to the hill to start the ninth inning but surrendered three straight hits including an RBI-single to right by Grant Escue to cut the lead to 12-9. Nolan Bruyninckx was then called upon from the Titan bull pen for the first time since the 2005 season and closed out the game, inducing a run-scoring double play by pinch-hitter Joey August, then striking out Brian Juhl to end the game. It was Bruyninckx's first career save.
The Titans' Scott, McArthur, and Vasquez all posted three hits, with Scott leading the way with 3 RBI on Sunday. Cord Phelps was Stanford's only three-hit player of the day.
Fullerton will travel to UNLV next weekend to face the Rebels in Las Vegas in a three-game, non-conference match-up at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
NOTES: Titan Joe Scott had quite a weekend by going 9-for-12 (.750) in his first weekend as the starting shortstop, posting 2 doubles, four RBI while scoring five runs...Junior center fielder Clark Hardman showed signs he was completely back to health (2005 labrum surgery), as he went 7-for-13 (.538) on the weekend, with a double, a triple, and a home run, driving in a team-leading five runners (tied with John Curtis), while collecting 13 total bases.