Feb. 28, 2006
No. 7 Cal State Fullerton's Danny Dorn went 4-for-4 and collected two RBI while six Titan arms shutout No. 12 Pepperdine, 5-0 in a Tuesday afternoon non-conference baseball game at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The Titans picked up their fourth consecutive win and are headed to No. 4 Rice this weekend with a 9-4 overall record, while the Waves with the loss, drop to 8-7.
It was a pitchers duel for most of the game with Pepperdine's James Johnson (0-1) allowing the first runs of the game in the fifth inning. Titan centerfielder Brandon Tripp led off the inning by drawing a walk and then was moved to third on a Cory Vanderhook single to left. Tripp then scored as Johnson made an errant pick-off throw to first base giving the only run the Titans would need. But shortstop Blake Davis delivered and RBI triple to left three batters later giving Fullerton a 2-0 advantage.
Adam Jorgenson, Cory Arbiso, Justin Klipp, Jeff Soulages, Ryan Paul and Vinnie Pestano held the Waves to just seven hits on the afternoon and retired the last 14 Pepperdine hitters they faced. Justin Klipp (1-0) was named the winner in the predetermined staff day, tossing two innings, allowing 2 hits while striking out one.
Fullerotn added three more runs in the top half of the eighth on back-to-back-to-back hits by Brett Pill, David Cooper and Dorn (two-run double) and a perfectly executed squeeze bunt by Tripp that lifted the Titans to their eventual 5-0 lead.
Cooper's hit extended his hitting streak to a team-high 13 games, while teammate Justin Turner prolonged his streak to 12 games with a hit an inning earlier.
Pepperdine standout Chad Tracy had three hits for the Wave, all singles.
Up next for Fullerton is No. 4 Rice, for a thre-game series in Houston, Tex. Game times from Reckling Park will be 5:00 p.m, Noon and 11:00 a.m., Friday Saturday and Sunday respectively (all times listed are Pacific Standard Time). Catch all the action of the Titans and Owls via GameTracker, internet broadcast on fullertontitans.com or on KSPA AM 1510 on Saturday and Sunday.