Feb. 11, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Danny Dorn's two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning broke a 4-4 tie and opened the floodgates as Cal State Fullerton went on to beat up on UNLV 13-4 in a non-conference baseball game at Goodwin Field Saturday night.
Fullerton scored nine times in the last four innings to improve to 2-3 on the season and extend their all-time series lead over the Rebels to 64-17. UNLV falls to 1-4 on the young season.
Dustin Miller was the beneficiary of the Titan explosion, pitching 4.1 innings in relief of starter Jared Clark, earning his first win since June 8, 2003. Miller has missed the past two seasons due to various arm injuries, with the last requiring season ending surgery in the fall of 2004. He improves to 1-1 on the season in his third appearance for the Titans.
UNLV's Kevin Skogley came on in relief of Rebel starter Matt Wagner in the second inning after, Wagner allowed his fourth run on a Brett Pill sacrifice fly. Skogley retired the first six batters he faced but ran into trouble hitting Brandon Tripp, then allowing back-to-back singles to John Curtis and Dorn, breaking the 4-4 tie. Skogley falls to 0-1 on the year.
The Titans pounded out a season-high 15 hits en route to a season-high 13 runs. Five Titans collected two-or-more hits, with Justin Turner's three, tying UNLV's Chris Bonnell for the game high. Brett Pill, Curtis, Evan McArthur and Clark Hardman each collected two hits while Dorn and Pill both racked up three RBI apiece. Everyone in Fullerton's starting lineup except Blake Davis and Brandon Tripp drove in at least one run, while pinch-hitters Dustin Garneau and Bryan Harris drove in a runner each.
The two teams will conclude their three-game series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Goodwin Field. Lauren Gagnier will get his second start of the year for Cal State Fullerton while UNLV will trot out lefty Chris Saddoris to face the Titans.
TITAN NOTES: Dustin Garneau's bases loaded walk in his first collegiate plate appearance in the bottom of the eighth inning yielded his first career RBI... Pill hit the first Cal State Fullerton home run of 2006 when he clocked an Eric Brock offering ovr the left-center field wall in the sixth inning...12 of the Titans' 15 hits were singles, only Pill (HR and double) and David Cooper (double) added hits of the extra-base variety. This was Miller's first appearance at Goodwin Field since June 8, 2003 when he went 7.2 innings for the win vs. Arizona State in the Fullerton Super Regional.