March 1, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. - Jake Floethe pitched seven strong innings and No. 7-ranked Cal State Fullerton made the most of 6 hits Tuesday to defeat Loyola Marymount, 5-1, in non-conference action at Goodwin Field.
The Titans (5-3) snapped a 3-game losing streak over the past two seasons to the Lions (7-2) and beat Head Coach Jason Gill, a former Titan player and assistant coach, for the first time in four tries.
Richy Pedroza, last week's Big West Conference player of the week, led the Titans with two hits, scoring one run and driving in another. Fullerton got the leadoff man on in three of its four scoring innings and took advantage of some sloppy LMU defense.
Floethe (1-0) allowed only 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out three. Starter and loser John Lally (0-1) gave up 4 runs in 4.1 innings.
Fullerton scored twice in the first inning. Pedroza led off with a double, went to third on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt by Anthony Trajano and score on Blake Barber's safety squeeze bunt toward first. Trajano went to third on a wild pitch and came on home when catcher Matt Koch's throw went into left field.
Ivory Thomas doubled with one out in the second and he came home on Trajano's two-out single to center.
LMU scored in the third when Bret Dahlson singled with one out and moved around on a wild pitch, an infield single by Matt Lowenstein and a sacrifice fly to right by Jonathan Johnson.
Joe Terry singled to lead off the fourth, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored as Thomas grounded to second for a 4-1 lead.
LMU had its only other threat in the fifth. After one out, Alex Guthrie reached on a wild pitch third strike. Dahlson singled and Johnson walked with two outs to load the bases. Floethe went to 3-1 on Koch but came back to retire him on a weak come-backer on a 3-2 pitch.
Fullerton's final run came in the seventh, again compliments of the leadoff man. Austin Kingsolver got a fly ball double to right before he stole third and scored on Pedroza's single past drawn-in shortstop Shon Roe.
Fullerton has a 3-game series with USC, at home on Friday and Saturday nights and at Dedeaux Field on Sunday afternoon.