March 5, 2008
Los Angeles - Freshman Daniel Renken no-hit the No.3 team in the country for four innings, and allowed just three hits over 7 innings of work as Cal State Fullerton downed UCLA 13-2 Wednesday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Fullerton wins its sixth game in a row over UCLA and improves to 5-4 on the year. UCLA falls to 5-3. The Titans have now won 29 of its last 34 from the Bruins.
Renken, in just his second career start, improved to 2-0 on the year and struck out 10 before giving way to Kevin Rath in the eighth. He allowed just a lone run in the fifth.
For the second time in two days, Fullerton jumped out to a 5-0 lead, this time, all five came all in the top of the second. The Titans sent nine men to the plate against starter Charles Brewer. Jared Clark started the action with a one-out towering solo home run. With two outs, the next five Titans reached base, with four of them coming around to score. Billy Marcoe and Jeff Newman both drove home a run with singles to right, and Christian Colon followed with a two-run double down the left field line.
Fullerton finished with five runs in the first, two of which were ruled unearned after a fielding error on third baseman Jermaine Curtis extended the inning for Colon.
The Titans manufactured a run in the fourth inning, extending to a 6-0 lead, starting with a lead-off single to right by Marcoe, his second hit of the night. He was sacrificed to second, moved to third on a ground-out by Gary Brown, then scored on a Brewer wild pitch.
The Titans continued their scoring in the fifth as pinch-hitter Khris Davis joined Clark in the home run column, greeting new pitcher Brendan Lafferty with a three-run blast off the right-center field scoreboard. Lafferty then walked Joel Weeks, and nicked Marcoe with an inside fastball before back-to-back balks brought home the Titans' tenth run.Newman drove home his second run of the game with a sac-fly to center.
Renken, worked perfect through the first four, on just 35 pitches before back-to-back extra base hits by Casey Haerther (triple) and Justin Uribe (RBI-double) broke up both the no-hit and shutout bid to lead off the fifth inning. Renken didn't allow his third hit of the evening until the seventh when Haerther picked up his second of the night to lead off the frame.
Fullerton battled right back with a pair of unearned runs in the sixth courtesy of Newman's second hit of the evening driving home Clark (on via an error) and Weeks (single) from second.
Rath did not pitch well with a 12-run lead, hitting a batter, allowing a single to Gino Aielli then walking Niko Gallego to load the bases. Rath was lifted for Ryan Ackland who's first pitch went wild, scoring Brent Dean from third. Ackland settled down to get the final two outs of the inning to get out of the eighth.
Brian Wilson got a tune up for the weekend tossing a scoreless ninth inning.
Fullerton will meet Southern Miss for the first time in a non-conference three-game series this weekend (Mar. 7-9, 7 p.m, 6 p.m., 1 p.m.) at Goodwin Field.
NOTES: Fullerton's 5-9 hitters in the lineup combined for a 9-for-18 (.500) night, with nine RBI and 11 runs scored. Josh Fellhauer extended his hitting streak to seven games with a double in the fifth.