March 13, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. - Back-to-back doubles by Ian Sagdal and Patrick Claussen in the top of the 11th inning lifted visiting Washington State (9-5) to a 9-8 midweek upset over No. 15 Cal State Fullerton (10-6) in a non-conference baseball game at Goodwin Field Tuesday night.
Willie Kuhl (1-2), the Titans' fifth of eight pitchers on the night, faced just four batters in the top of the 11th and took the loss after the Titans were unable to catch the Cougars with a runner in scoring position and one out in their last at bat. Anthony Drobnick (2-0) earned the win in two innings of work. He walked Richy Pedroza to lead off the 11th, but then got an out on a sacrifice bunt and struck out Casey Watkins and Austin Kingsolver to end the game.
Seven combined runs in the sixth and seventh innings put the Cougars up 8-4 at the stretch. A booted double-play ball by Derek Legg that would have ended the sixth opened the door for five unearned runs in the frame off starter Koby Gauna. Three of the Cougars' eight extra base hits on the night came in the sixth including a three-run home run by Derek Jones. Taylor Ard and Tommy Richard also drove in runs in the inning. A triple, a sacrifice fly, a walk and a single led to two more Cougar runs in the seventh. PJ Jones (sac-fly) and Jason Monda (single) logged the RBI.
Fullerton bounced back to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, scoring four times, two on a dramatic pinch-hit home run by Anthony Hutting, who belted his first career round-tripper off of Kellen Camus to tie the game at 8-8. Fullerton sent nine men to the plate and recorded five hits in the inning. Michael Lorenzen tripled and scored on Carlos Lopez's single and Lopez later scored on J.D. Davis' sacrifice fly that led to Hutting's at bat.
Washington almost took the lead in the top of the 10th inning on a single by Richards, but a perfect relay throw and a nice sweep tag by the catcher Watkins on Adam Nelubowich trying to score, gave the Titans another chance at the win. The call at the plate, made by first base umpire Carl Coles, wound up being a point of contention with the Washington State coaching staff, and wound up getting Head Coach Donnie Marbut ejected the next half inning.
Fullerton took an early 3-0 lead in the third courtesy of a two run single by Lorenzen and a two-out RBI single by Pedroza. Washington State cut that lead to 3-1 with a solo home run from Ard in the fourth.
Davis chipped away at Washington's 6-3 lead as he singled, moved to third on a passed ball and a wild pitch and scored on Ivory Thomas' sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
Three Cougars (Ard, Richards and Claussen) finished with three hits each to pace Washington State's 15-hit attack. Fullerton had just five hits until the 7th inning and finished with 11, including two each from Legg and Lorenzen.
Gauna worked 5.2 innings in total and allowed six runs (just one earned) on eight hits while walking three.
Seven Washington State pitchers walked 11 Titan batters. Only Camus and Ty Jackson finished the night without surrendering a walk. Fullerton left 13 men on base on Tuesday. Washington State left just 6.
Fullerton will host a three-game non-conference weekend series with Long Beach State over the weekend. Game times are 7 p.m., 6 p.m., and 1 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.