Late-Inning Heroics Carry Titans Past UNLV
A balk with runners at second and third by UNLV (3-4) reliever Adam Moser broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the eighth inning as No. 12 Cal State Fullerton (4-0) went on to win, 5-4, in a non-conference baseball game at Earl E. Wilson Stadium Friday night.
Following the balk that brought home Jake Vasquez, pinch hitter Nick Mahin promptly picked up his first-career hit and RBI with a double to left field, bringing home catcher John Curtis and the winning run.
Wes Roemer (2-0) pitched eight innings, and struck out seven out-dueling his UNLV counterpart Craig Heyer who tossed 6 1/3 and left in the middle of a 3-3 tie. Rebel reliever Chris Saddoris (0-1) took the loss after allowing Vasquez and Curtis aboard to lead off the eighth, then later scoring on the balk and double.
With a 5-3 lead Roemer handed the ball to Dustin Birosak, who came in and got the first Rebel hitter, catcher Michael Brenly, to ground to second baseman Joel Weeks. But Weeks misplayed the roller, allowing Brenly to reach base to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Birosak then got pinch hitter Rance Roundy to ground to short, advancing Brenly to second. Leadoff hitter Calvin Beamon then singled to center driving home the UNLV catcher cutting the Titan lead to 5-4.
Fullerton called on reigning Big West Pitcher of the Week Adam Jorgenson, to come in to close out the game. He walked the first hitter he saw but then got Rebel second baseman Keith Smith to roll into a 5-4-3 double play to end the game. Jorgenson earned his first save of the year by recording the final two outs
Bryan Harris, starting at third base for the Titans for the injured Evan McArthur, got his first start of the year and produced two Titan runs with an RBI-double in the second inning, and an RBI-single in the sixth. Harris led the Titans with two hits.
The Titans also scored in the fifth inning on heads-up baseruning by second baseman Joe Scott. With Scott at second base, Weeks chopped a grounder to second base, as Rebel second baseman made the routine play to first, Scott never stopped, and beat the throw to the plate for the Titan run.
Blake Gailen led all players with a three-hit performance, missing "the cycle" by a home run. Gailen tripled and drove in a run in the UNLV sixth, then later scored on Brenly's single to left, tying the game at 3-3. Brenly finished the game with two RBI.
The two teams will pair off again, Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. with Matt Huchinson (0-1) throwing for the Rebels, while the Titans counter with Jeff Kaplan (0-0).