Offense Shines in Sunday's 19-6 Win Over USM
March 9, 2008
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton's 19-run, 22-hit offensive outburst on Sunday gave the Titans a sweep over Southern Miss in a 19-6 non-conference baseball game at Goodwin Field. The win capped a perfect 5-0 week for Fullerton.
The Titans improved to 8-4 on the year and won their fifth in a row, while Southern Miss evened its record at 6-6.
Daniel Renken (3-0) picked up his second win of the week with 1.1 innings of relief of Jeff Kaplan, who left with the game tied at five with two outs in the sixth. Wade Weathers fell to 0-1 after being touched for five runs and six hits in just 1.2 innings.
The Titans scored all 19 runs over four innings of the game, sending at least seven men to the plate in each of those innings.
For the second day in a row, Southern Miss got on the board first, this time, courtesy of a Trey Sutton RBI-single to right in the third inning. He drove home Josh Fields who walked to lead off the inning.
In the Titans half of the inning, Erik Komatsu punctuated a five-run third with a 360-foot, two-run single off the glove of right fielder Michael Ewing but was then called out after being touched rounding first by first base coach Sergio Brown.
USM cut the Titan lead to 5-2 when Sutton hit a wind-aided home run that carried just over the wall and out of reach of Jeff Newman in the fifth inning. After an RBI-double by Keith Winstead, Anthony Doss' first-career home run, a two-run shot, tied the game at five in the top of the sixth. Three batters later, Renken was on in place of Kaplan.
Renken became the beneficiary of another five-run outpouring from the Fullerton offense in the sixth, with Komatsu again at the center of it. His third home run of the year off the right field light pole, drove home three of his game-leading five RBI with and gave the Titans a 10-5 lead. Weather, who worked a scoreless fifth, was tagged for all five runs and six hits in the Titans sixth.
Fullerton sent 12 men to the plate in the seventh off relievers JR Ballinger and Collin Cargill and ran seven more runs across to extend their lead to 17-5. Jon Wilhite picked up his first pinch-hit of the year, driving home two with a triple off the right field wall and Jared Clark hit his second home run of the week, an opposite-field three-run shot to greet the new reliever Cargill.
Christian Colon, Komatsu and Clark tallied three hits on the day, while Josh Fellhauer (two doubles and two singles) and Billy Marcoe (four singles) one-upped them by grabbing four hits apiece on the day. Fellahuer extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his first-inning single.
Sutton and Winstead picked up three hits each for Southern Miss, with Sutton, Winstead and Doss accounting for all six USM runs with two RBI apiece.
Fullerton will put their five-game winning streak on the line as they have two nationally-ranked teams on the docket this week. Fullerton will host San Diego on Tuesday before heading to Tucson, Ariz. For a three-game series at Arizona Friday, Saturday and Sunday.