Mathews, Relievers Spin a Gem to Clinch Series Win
March 3, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. - Michael Lorenzen reached base three times and scored twice and was one of four Titan hurlers to combine for a five-hit shutout as No. 20 Cal State Fullerton defeated Utah Valley 2-0 Saturday night at Goodwin Field.
A leadoff triple by Lorenzen and a sacrifice fly by No. 2 hitter Richy Pedroza in the bottom of the first inning was enough to strap Wolverine starter Adam Gunn (1-1) with his first loss of the year. Gunn pitched well against the Titans, who won their sixth in a row, allowing the lone run on five scattered hits over 6.1 innings.
Kenny Mathews was very dominant in his third start of the year by holding the Wolverines to a pair of hits over 6 innings while fanning seven. He didn't allow a hit until two outs into the fifth when Cole Butcher doubled to break up the no-hit bid. Mathews improved to 1-1 on the year and was relieved by Willie Kuhl in the seventh.
Kuhl labored a bit over 1.1 innings, but came out of the 7th and 8th innings unscathed in the run column. Tyler Peitzmeier induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the eighth off the only batter he faced. Lorenzen locked down his fourth save in as many tries with two strikeouts in the ninth.
A two-out fielding error by Utah Valley shortstop Kai Hatch allowed Lorenzen to reach in the seventh inning. Lorenzen stole second and came around to score again off the bat of Pedroza, this time by way of a double to the rightfield gap.
With the victory, the Titans (7-3) win their second series in a row and pick up their second shutout of the week. The Wolverines drop to 2-7, losing their sixth over their last seven games.
The series finale will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday.