March 2, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. - Rightfielder Ivory Thomas drove in the game-winning run in the fifth and finished 3-for-4 on the night to back Dylan Floro's eight-inning, five-strikeout effort on the mound as No. 20 Cal State Fullerton defeated visiting Utah Valley, 6-1, Friday night at Goodwin Field.
The Titans extend their winning streak to five games and improve to 6-3 on the year. The Wolverines drop their fifth ballgame in their last six contests and fall to 2-6.
Floro (1-1) was sharp for eight innings, holding Utah Valley to a run on five hits to notch his first win of the season. The lone run came in the fourth inning on a wild pitch by Floro following an Austin Heaps double and a Goose Kallunki single that put Wolverines on the corners with one out. Dimitri DeLaFuente pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close it out.
Fullerton got three of their six runs off Wolverine starter and losing pitcher Jeremy Gendlek (0-3). Casey Watkins tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth with an RBI-single up the middle to score Thomas who had doubled. Thomas ended Gendlek's night in the fifth when he drove home the go-ahead run with his second hit of the night.
Keegan Dale singled home Anthony Hutting (aboard on a walk) off reliever Josh Swenson and sent Thomas (aboard on a hit) to second with two out in the seventh. After a successful double steal, replacement second baseman Matt Orloff drove home two with a single up the middle to end the Titan scoring and the night for Swenson. Utah Valley's third and final pitcher, Ryan Chadwick, retired seven of the eight men he faced, surrendering just one walk to the first man he faced in the seventh.
Thomas led all players with three hits. Watkins finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and Orloff was 1-for-1 with a pair driven in. Kallunki was the only Wolverine with multiple hits with two.
The two teams will be back at it Saturday night at 7 p.m. Southpaw Kenny Mathews will toe the rubber for Fullerton and will face righty Adam Gunn.