Feb. 18, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - Clark Hardman was 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI and Sean Urena earned his first-career win as No. 12 Cal State Fullerton defeated Arizona, 9-2, in a non-conference baseball game at Goodwin Field Sunday afternoon.
The Titans captured their 14th consecutive series victory (dating back to last season) with the win and improve to 7-2 overall. Arizona drops their second straight game and fall to 9-2.
The Titans out-hit the Wildcats 13-6 on the afternoon and scored seven of their nine runs in the first four frames of the game off Arizona hurler Mike Colla (1-1). The right-hander lasted just 3 1/3 surrendering all seven runs (five earned) on nine hits to pick up his first loss of the year. Nick Mahin and John Curtis provided RBI-singles in the third, while Hardman and Bryan Harris provided some pop with a pair of solo homers in the fourth before reliever David Coulon replaced Colla. Curtis' hit extended his hitting streak to 12-games.
Urena (1-0) kept the Arizona hitters at bay throughout the afternoon, scattering just five hits while striking out four without a walk. He worked into the eighth inning for the first time in his career, retiring 13 of the last 15 hitters he faced, and at one point eight in a row. The big right-hander struck out the first hitter he faced in the eighth, then surrendered a double to leadoff hitter Jon Gaston before exiting to a standing ovation as Adam Jorgenson stepped in to finish the game.
Hardman finished the day a single shy of hitting for the cycle, lacing a pair of doubles, and a triple to go with his round tripper to pace the Titan offense. Hardman, Curtis and Nick Mahin each had two RBI to their credit. Second baseman Joel Week joined Mahin and Curtis in the two-hit club.
Gaston scored both Arizona runs on the day, the first on a solo home run off Urena, then on a bases loaded walk in the eighth off Titan reliever Jorgenson. T.J. Steele extended his hitting streak to 19-games with a single in the second inning.
Cal State Fullerton will enjoy an off day on Monday before traveling south to take on San Diego State, Feb. 20, in a midweek match-up at Tony Gwynn Stadium starting at 6 p.m. Starting pitcher have yet to be announced.