CSF Drops Opener to TCU, 5-2

Feb. 26, 2010

Fullerton, Calif. - Leftfielder Jason Coats had three hits including a home run and four TCU pitchers combined to 3-hit Cal State Fullerton in a 5-2 win Friday night for the Horned Frogs.

No. 11-ranked TCU remained unbeaten at 4-0 while the No. 8-ranked Titans fell to 1-3.

Starter Steven Maxwell (2-0) no-hit the Titans for six innings to pick up the win. Daniel Renken (0-2) went 6 innings for Fullerton and took the loss.

TCU stranded baserunners in each of the first three innings before breaking through against Renken in the fourth. With one out, Coats was hit by a pitch and Matt Curry singled to center. Coats scored on Josh Elander's double to left center and Curry came home on a sacrifice fly by Jerome Pena. Aaron Schultz' two-out single to right scored Elander.

Maxwell sailed through the first three innings, allowing only one baserunner as a result of his own fielding error. After getting two outs on three pitches in the fourth, he walked Nick Ramirez and Corey Jones but got Carlos Lopez to pop up to second.

The Titans flirted with their first hit in the fifth. Billy Marcoe's soft liner to center was grabbed by a diving Kyle Von Tungeln. Tyler Pill's looper to left was caught by a sliding Coats and Gary Brown's line drive was snared by shortstop Taylor Featherston.

Fullerton got its first baserunner with less than two outs when Austin Kingsolver was hit by a pitch leading off the sixth. But he got picked off and Maxwell got the next two hitters.

Derrick Dingeman relieved Renken in the seventh. He walked leadoff man Von Tungeln and balked him to second. Von Tungeln appeared to move to third on Featherston's fly out to left but he left too soon and was doubled up on an appeal play. Dingeman hit Bryan Holaday, Joe Weik singled to right and Coats doubled off the glove of third baseman Jones to make it 4-0. Kevin Rath came in to load the bases by walking Elander but Kyle Mertens came on to strike out Pena.

Jones led off the seventh with the Titans' first hit of the game on a 2-2 pitch, Maxwell's 96th, a line drive home run to right. Marcoe's one-out infield single ended Maxwell's night in favor of reliever Tyler Lockwood.

Fullerton brought the tying run to the plate in the eighth. Gary Brown led off with a double down the right-field line and Lockwood walked Kingsolver. Trent Appleby relieved and got Christian Colon to fly to center but the runners moved up, Brown going to third on the catch and Kingsolver to second when vonTungeln dropped the ball in the act of throwing. Brown scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Ramirez off reliever Caleb Merck. Jones grounded out to end the inning on a very non-routine play.

Shortstop Featherston threw high to first and first base umpire Bradley Hungerford called Jones safe. First baseman Curry tossed the ball high in the air thinking the call would be "out" and Jones headed toward second after Kingsolver scored. The Horned Frogs retrieved the ball but Curry's throw to second was off line and Jones was safe. But after an umpires' meeting, Hungerford was overruled and Jones was ruled out on the original throw and Kingsolver's run was taken off the scoreboard.

The Horned Frogs picked up an insurance run in the ninth off reliever Dylan Floro on Coats' home run to left on an 0-2 pitch with two outs.

The two teams are scheduled to play again Saturday night at 6 p.m. If the game is rained out, the teams will try to play two games on Sunday.