March 4, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - Freshman Sean Urena pitched his first-career complete game, one-hitting No. 6 Rice as No. 10 Cal State Fullerton beat the Owls 6-1 in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Field.
With the win Cal State Fullerton improves to 12-5 on the year and captures its 16th-consecutive series win dating back to March 2006. Rice falls to 11-6 on the year.
Jared Gayhart's one-out triple just inside the first base bag broke Urena's no-hit bit in the fifth inning, and wound up being the only hit of the game for the Rice offense. The right-hander from Rialto retired 13 of the first 15 hitters he faced and then 14 of the last 15 after Gayhart's hit and allowed just three total base runners (two hit batters and a late-inning error) in his fifth start of the year.Urena (3-0) struck out a career high six on 110 pitches en route to his third consecutive win. Sunday's effort marked the second consecutive start that Urena carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
All-American Joe Savery got the start for the Owls but lasted just 3 1/3 allowing three runs on three hits including the big blow by Titan Chris Jones, a two-run double in the second inning that figured to be the winning run. Saver was charged with his first loss o f the season and dropped to 3-1.
Savery left the game with the bases loaded and one out and handed the ball to Ryan Tacker who was greeted with an RBI-single by Billy Pinkerton to increase the Titan lead to 3-0. Tacker went on to allow three runs on four hits and finished the game for the Owls. The Owls allowed nine combined walks on the afternoon, four of them eventually came around to score for Fullerton.
Fullerton, with no midweek games this week will head to the East Coast Wednesday night to face East Carolina in a three-game series in Greenville, North Carolina, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.