March 16, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. - A two-run fourth inning held up for Cal State Fullerton hurler Kenny Mathews who went 7.2 innings and struck out six without a walk as the 15th-ranked Titans defeated Long Beach State 2-1 in the second game of a non-conference double header Friday night at Goodwin Field.
The Titans (12-6) have now taken the last five series from the 49ers (5-12) and have won 14 of their last 15 games against the cross-town rival. They defeated the 49ers earlier in the day, also by a score of 2-1.
Mathews pitched with confidence on Saturday and faced just one over the minimum over his final 20 batters. A single, a wild pitch and a passed ball got Ino Patron to third and Brennan Metzger sacrificed home the only Long Beach run in the fourth inning. Mathews scattered just five hits before giving way to Grahamm Wiest who got the last four outs of the game for his first career save.
Fullerton scored their two runs off Long Beach Starter Matt Anderson in the fourth. Carlos Lopez and Anthony Hutting singled and Greg Velazquez walked to load the bases. Derek Legg was plunked by Anderson to bring home the tying run and Chad Wallach's fly ball to left was deep enough for the game-winner.
Anderson allowed just two runs on five hits over six innings.
Lopez was the only Titan with multiple hits. He had two of the Titans' seven knocks. Patron and Richard Prigatano combined for four of the 49ers' five hits.
The Titans have come out on top in four of their last five games, all decided by one run.
The third game of the weekend series is scheduled to be played on Saturday at 6 p.m. J.D Davis will be on the mound for the Titans. He will go up against Ryan Struffing of the 49ers.