Titans Sunk in Palo Alto: Stanford 6, Titans 3
Feb. 5, 2006
Palo Alto, Calif. - Palo Alto, Calif. - Home runs by Michael Taylor and Chris Lewis gave Stanford three early runs as Stanford completed a three-game sweep of No. 5 Cal State Fullerton, 6-3, Sunday afternoon at Sunken Diamond.
The Titans out hit the Cardinal 8-7 but left 11 runners on base, unable to capitalize with runners in scoring position in the second, third, sixth seventh and ninth innings.
The Cardinal continued to give the Titans trouble, winning their fifth-straight series at Sunken Diamond and seventh out of their last ten overall, and improve to a perfect 3-0 on the season. Fullerton falls to 0-3 on the season, matching its 2004 start, against this same Stanford club.
The Cardinal sent four arms out to the mound with freshman Austin Yount (1-0) picking up his first collegiate win. He pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a lone hit to Brandon Tripp in the ninth. Jeremy Bleich came on in relief of Yount later that inning, retiring the three hitters he faced, to pick up his first save.
Lauren Gagnier (0-1) was roughed up in his first outing of 2006, going six innings, allowing six earned runs on six hits, while striking out six. Taylor got to Gagnier in the bottom of the first, tagging the righty's offering over the left field fence, giving the Cardinal an early 1-0 advantage. Lewis follow Taylor's lead in the second, driving a shot over the left field fence as well, this time for a two-run shot, giving the Cardinal a commanding 3-0 lead.
Fullerton's lack of key hits hindered their ability to string together more than the three runs they scored in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. They didn't lack opportunities to score, as the Cardinal had to dodge a few bullets.
Then in the third, David Cooper was retired with the bases loaded, as Cardinal second baseman Lewis made a diving snag in the hole to end the Titan threat.
The last Titan threat came in the ninth, as Brandon Tripp led off with a single and Justin Turner followed by getting hit by a pitch. Stanford then went to the bullpen to thwart the Titan rally, as the freshman Bleich came in setting Blake Davis, Brett Pill and John Curtis down in order.
Tripp brought the Titans first run home in the fifth, scoring on a passed ball by Blake Holler. McArther and Curtis both had scoring ground balls in the sixth and seventh innings respectively, to close out the Titan scoring.
Stanford's Michael Taylor led his team, also matching Lewis with a pair of RBI for the winning squad.
Cal State Fullerton heads back south following the completion of todays contest, to start preparing for the UNLV Rebels who come into town for the Titans' home opener at Goodwin Field. The three-game series starts Friday, Feb. 10 and goes through Sunday, Feb. 12, game times slated for 7 p.m, 6 p.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are now available at fullertontitans.com or by calling (714) 278-CSUF.