Vasquez Leads Titans to 5th Straight Win
Feb. 10, 2007
Las Vegas, Nev. - Jake Vasquez went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI to lead Cal State Fullerton (5-0) to a 13-4 victory over UNLV (3-5) in a non-conference baseball game at Earl E. Wilson Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Following a Friday night victory, Saturday's win gives Fullerton its second straight series win, and its seventh straight victory over UNLV since 2005.
Titan right-hander Jeff Kaplan (1-0) bounced back after a rough first outing against Stanford last weekend, tossing five innings against UNLV, scattering five hits and allowing just one run to earn his first win of the year. The Titans supported Kaplan's cause by scoring 10 times before the right hander allowed the first Rebel run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Cal State Fullerton plated four runs in the top of the first off Rebel starter Matt Hutchison (0-2) who pitched into the second inning, but couldn't record an out in the second frame. Curtis blasted a two-run double to give the Titans the early 2-0 lead and was immediately scored on Jones single. After five consecutive Fullerton hits, Bryan Harris drove home the fourth and final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to center.
Hutchison trotted back out to the mound for the second, but when he hit Joe Scott and Clark Hardman to lead off the inning, his day was done. A third Titan of the inning was hit when new reliever Ryan Tabor plunked Vasquez to load the bases setting up three more Titan runs. John Curtis picked up his third RBI of the game with a SAC fly, then Chris Jones followed with a two-run double to clear the bases giving the Titans a 7-0 lead after two.
Vasquez's first home run in a Titan uniform, a two-run shot, highlighted a three-run inning increasing the advantage to 10-0. Joshua Crooks relieved Tabor for an out in the fourth, but it was Michael Goodman, who came on in the fifth, that would be the highlight of the Rebel pitching staff. The big lefty went 4 1/3, allowing just two Fullerton hits while striking out three.
Kaplan ran into a bit of trouble in his fourth inning of work, surrendering a pair of singles to Braden Walker and Keith Smith to lead off the inning. He then walked Efren Navarro, Jr. to load the bases with no outs. After a strikeout of designated hitter Chad Miller, Kaplan got Blake Gailen to ground into a possible double play to Vasquez. Vasquez came up cleanly with the ball, but indecision allowed Walker from third to score. The Titans would settle for one out on the play and stay in control at 10-1.
Michael Morrison came on in relief of Kaplan in the sixth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning, but hit rough waters in the seventh. UNLV used four hits and a walk to score three times to cut the Titan lead to 10-4. That would be as close as the Rebels would get as Ryan Ackland shut things down for the final two frames, surrendering a lone hit to Gailen, the second hitter he faced.
Vasquez capped his strong performance with a two run single, his third of the night, scoring Hardman and Scott from second and third, respectively. Joel Weeks, Jones, and Matt Wallach, in his first-career start, each had two hits apiece in the 12-hit Titan attack.
The series finale will start a 1 p.m. on Sunday with Sean Urena(0-0) going for the Titans and Kevin Skogley (0-1) for the Rebels.