March 22, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. - A first inning RBI-triple by Anthony Hutting and a run-scoring wild pitch in the fourth was enough for right-hander Dylan Floro and the No. 13 Cal State Fullerton Titans to earn 7-1 series opening victory over visiting Oral Roberts Thursday night at Goodwin Field.
Floro (3-2) scattered eight hits over eight innings as the Titans improved to 13-7 on the year. The right-hander retired 11 in a row from the second to the sixth innings to log his second consecutive victory and drop his ERA 32 points to 2.51. He fanned six without a walk including the Golden Eagles 6-7-8 hitters to retire the side in the fifth inning.
Floro's only bump in the road came on a one-out single by Brandon King in the sixth followed by a two-out double by Cam Schiller that scored King from first.
Kurt Giller (1-3) was touched for the loss as ORU dropped to 9-11. In three innings of work, the righty allowed two runs on three hits but also walked two and hit two. Joe Spring, the third of four Eagle hurlers, was roughed up for four unearned runs on five hits over 2.2 innings. He gave up a single in the fifth to Anthony Trajano that scored Richy Pedroza to make it 3-0 Titans. That run was charged the Eagles' first reliever, Alec Smith.
But in the seventh, the Titans broke it open, scoring four times off Spring with two out. The pivotal play in the inning was a Bill Buckner-esque error by ORU first baseman Jared Schlehuber with the bases loaded. Greg Velazquez's squib, which would have been the third out of the inning, went right through Schlehubers legs scoring Carlos Lopez and Anthony Hutting, both aboard on singles. The next batter Derek Legg capped the inning with a two-run single to center scoring Trajano (HBP) and pinch runner Austin Kingsolver from second.
Lopez logged his fourth consecutive multi-hit game with three hits on Thursday and Hutting is now 5 for his last 10 dating back to last week with a two-knock night. The win was the fifth consecutive victory for Fullerton over Oral Roberts.
The teams will play Game 2 of the series Friday night. Kenny Mathews will be on the mound for the Titans beginning at 7 p.m.