March 25, 2008
San Diego, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton (13-8), behind a two-hit, three-RBI day by Jared Clark and a four-run first inning, upended No. 14 San Diego (17-8) 6-3 Tuesday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium in non-conference college baseball action.
The Titans got to the Toreros and starter Ricardo Pecina right away sending 10 men to the plate in the top of the first. After two quick Pecina strikeouts, Erik Komatsu singled to right and Clark split the gap in left-center to bring home the first Titan run. Two Titan walks, a pair of hit batters and a Gary Brown infield single later, the Titans were on top, 4-0. Pecina (1-1) lasted just eight batters and picked up his first loss of the year.
The Titans added a fifth run in the top of the second by way of a Clark sacrifice fly to center driving home Komatsu, who had doubled two batters earlier.
San Diego threatened, loading the bases in the bottom of the second, but Travis Kelly worked out of it, notching a strikeout and inducing a couple of pop flies to get out of trouble. An inning later the Toreros broke through against the Titans as Victor Sanchez belted a 2-0 Kelly offering to left for his eighth home run of the year. The homer drove home Sean Nicol, who walked with one out a batter earlier and gave San Diego its only runs off the eventual winner, Kelly, who picked up his first career win.
The two teams traded punches in the fourth and fifth as Clark drove home his third run for Fullerton with a double in the fourth and Sanchez blasted his second homer of the day, this time off reliever Jason Dovel, cutting the Titan lead to 6-3.
Torero reliever Sammy Solis was very effective out of the bullpen, pitched 4.1 innings of relief to do his best to keep things close. Michael Morrison did the same for Fullerton, setting the eight men he faced down in order, striking out one.
Ryan Ackland pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his second save of the year and snap San Diego's 10-game winning streak.
Fullerton opens Big West Conference play this weekend against UC Riverside, Friday (7 pm), Saturday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (1p.m.) at Goodwin Field.