March 4, 2008
FUllerton, Calif. - A different Jeff Kaplan was present Tuesday night as he tossed six scoreless innings to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 7-1 upset over No. 3 UCLA in a non-conference college baseball game at Goodwin Field.
Fullerton outhit the Bruins 12-4 and snapped a three-game losing streak, improving to 4-4 on the year while UCLA dropped to 5-2. The Titans have now won 28 of the last 33 meetings against the Bruins and five in a row dating back to last season.
Kaplan, coming off his shortest career outing (one inning) at Stanford last Friday (Feb. 29), showed signs of returning to his 2007 form that saw him go 11-3. Kaplan (2-1) on the night, held the Bruins to just two hits while fanning a season-best eight en route to the victory.
The Titans combined for five runs in the second and third innings off of losing pitcher Dan Klein (1-2) and scored seven in the game, the most by any UCLA opponent this year. Klein finished the night surrendering six runs (five earned) on nine hits in 5.1 innings of work.
The first of three Joel Weeks hits drove home the Titans first run of the night and was followed by a Jeff Newman sacrifice fly and a Klein wild pitch that scored Weeks from third to give Fullerton the 3-0 advantage after two. Fullerton jumped out to 5-0 in the third after back-to-back RBI-singles by Erik Komatsu and Jared Clark plated two more runs.
The Titans' Josh Fellhauer produced a run all on his own in the bottom of the fifth. After doubling for the second time on the night, Fellhauer stole third and then scored as UCLA's catcher Brent Dean threw the ball wild down to third handing Fullerton its sixth unanswered run.
A walk to pinch-hitter Mickey Weisser in the top of the seventh led to the Bruin's only run of the night. After a groundout that moved Weisser to second, Blair Dunlap singled him home breaking the Titans' shutout bid.
Corey Jones singled home Komatsu, who walked and stole second, for the final Titan run in the bottom of the seventh.
The Third Titan hurler of the night Jason Dovel was lights out, striking out four over two innings of scoreless work in the eighth and ninth to close the door.
Fellhauer picked up two doubles on the night, and in doing so, extended his team-leading hitting streak to six games.
Weeks' three hits led all players while Fellhauer, Clark and Jones finished with two. UCLA leadoff hitter Jermain Curtis had a pair of singles to lead his squad in the loss.
The Titans and Bruins will do it again Wednesday night (Mar. 5) at Jackie Robinson Stadium with the first pitch scheduled at 6 p.m. in Westwood.