March 14, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - Josh Romanski carried a perfect-game into the sixth inning and finished surrendering just three Titan hits as No. 22 San Diego (16-9) upended No. 13 Cal State Fullerton (13-9) 5-1 Wednesday night in a non-conference baseball game at Goodwin Field.
Romanski retired the first 15 Titan batters he faced before surrendering a leadoff single to Joel Weeks to start the sixth. Fullerton would post all three hits in the inning off the Torero lefty, and score their only run on an RBI-single by Clark Hardman. Three inning-ending double plays in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings thwarted any Titan attack and help lift Romanski to 3-1 on the year. A.J. Griffen struck out two in a perfect 1-2-3 ninth-inning.
Sean Urena (3-2) dropped his second game in a row, surrendering two runs (one earned) on four hits over five innings of work. A home run by Jordan Abruzzo off the Titan starter in the fourth got San Diego on the board first. An inning later, with runners at first and third and two outs, Urena got Sean Nicol to ground to second to end the inning, but Joe Scott's throw went wide of Urena covering first base, allowing Romanski to score the Torero's second run.
After two perfect innings by Fullerton reliever Justin Klipp, San Diego extended to a 3-1 lead on Abruzzo's one-out, RBI-double. Friday night starter Wes Roemer was called from the bullpen, making his first relief appearance since last year's College World Series, and got the final two outs of the inning.
USD extended their lead in the ninth with three hits off Roemer, the big blow coming off the bat of leadoff hitter Justin Snyder. After singles by Romanski and Kevin Hansen to open the ninth, Snyder doubled to the left-center gap that brought home the final two Torero runs.
San Diego hitters Romanski, Abruzzo and Daniel Magness each collected a pair of hits to lead all players, while Snyder and Abruzzo each enjoyed two-RBI nights.
The Titans will take a rest from competition this weekend and not return to the field until Mar. 23 at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. The Titans will play a non-conference series with Long Beach State before opening Big West Conference play with Cal State Northridge the following weekend. The Titans have taken the last seven games against 49ers, including all six in 2006.
TITAN NOTES: Senior Evan McArthur has been cleared by doctors to swing the bat after having surgery to remove his fractured hamate bone in his left hand. In his second start in a row at shortstop McArthur picked up his first hit since Feb. 4 against Stanford, his last start before surgery... The Titans have been three-hit in three of the last five games they have played...Weeks extended his team leading hit streak to five games with the single in the sixth off Romanski...Friday night's attendance for two nationally-ranked team's was just 913, the lowest at Goodwin Field this season.