Old Fashion Pitcher's Duel, Titans Fall, 2-1
Feb. 16, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - A leadoff double by Brad Glenn and an RBI single by Erik Castro in the top of the fifth inning proved to be enough as the visiting Arizona Wildcats (9-0) downed the No. 12 Cal State Fullerton Titans (5-2), 2-1, Friday night at Goodwin Field.
It was a pitcher's duel out of the gate with Titan starter Wes Roemer striking out five of the first hitters he faced, while Wildcat hurler Preston Guilmet bested him fanning seven of the first 10 Titans to come to the plate.
Roemer (2-1) took his first loss of the season, surrendering just two earned runs, and scattering eight hits over eight complete innings. The Titan offense could only muster five hits on the night for its right-handed ace, scoring their only run in the bottom of the fourth. Second baseman Joel Weeks led off the frame with a single to right, then advanced to second on a passed ball by Wildcat catcher Dwight Childs. After a Chris Jones sacrifice bunt advanced Weeks to third, senior catcher John Curtis singled back up the middle scoring the only Titan run of the night.
Guilmet improved to 2-0 on the year, matching Roemer in the strikeout department, tying a career-high with 9 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings on the hill for Arizona. He worked into the eighth, but left after 7 2/3 in lieu of left-handed reliever Daniel Schereth, with just under 100 pitches under his belt. The reliever struck out Curtis to end the eighth, then two more Titans in the ninth to earn his third save of the season.
Arizona got on the boardwit one out in the top of the third, as Kevin Rodland tripled to the right-center gap, then scored on a sac-fly by the Wildcat third baseman Childs to snap Roemer's streak of seven consecutive outs.
Jake Vasquez led the Titan offense with a pair of singles, and John Curtis extended his hitting streak to 10 games (dating back to the 2006 College World Series) with a single in the fourth. Friday night's game was the first time this season Fullerton's offense did not produce an extra-base hit.
Robert Abel provided two hits for Arizona while T.J. Steele's 1-for-4 performance was good enough to extend his hitting streak to 17 games dating back to 2006.
The two teams will meet up again Saturday night as the Titans will send Jeff Kaplan (1-0, 7.04 ERA) to the hill to face Wildcat southpaw Brad Mills (2-0, 1.32 ERA).
TITAN NOTES: Friday night's loss is the first time since March 3-4, 2006, at Rice, that the Titans have posted back-to-back losses...Chris Jones' six game hitting streak comes to an end with an 0-for-3 night at the plate, Curtis (10 games), Joel Weeks (7 games) and Jake Vasquez (7 games) all extend their hitting streaks. The 2:39 time of game was the quickest game of the the season for Cal State Fullerton.