March 24, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. - Oral Roberts righthander Alex Gonzalez outdueled Cal State Fullerton righty Grahamm Wiest by holding the Titans to just five fits over 7.2 innings as the Golden Eagles salvaged a game in the series with a 3-0 shutout Saturday night at Goodwin Field.
Gonzalez improved to 2-1 in leading the Eagles (10-12) to their first-ever win against the 13th-ranked Titans (in seven tries). Lars Ligouri got the final out in the eighth and Matt Rush picked up his third save of the year with a perfect ninth inning.
Wiest (1-2) was the hard-luck loser, giving up just three runs over eight innings. He held the opponent to just four hits, but the third one of the game, a two-run home run by Jose Trevino in the fourth, proved too costly. The freshman worked into the ninth, but allowed an infield single to the leadoff hitter Tyler Coker that ended his night. Jared Schlehuber cashed in the Eagles' third run with a double into the leftfield corner that scored Coker all the way from first off reliever Koby Gauna.
Gonzalez set the Titans down in order four times on the night and struck out six with just one walk. Wiest fanned seven without a free pass and faced just two over the minimum after the home run in the fourth.
Fullerton had a runner at second with one out in the second and the eighth innings and had the bases loaded with two out in the fifth and couldn't cash in. Saturday night was the first time the Titans have been shutout in 2012. They were blanked twice in 2011, once by Stanford, 1-0, in the Fullerton Regional, and once by Pepperdine in May.
The win for Oral Roberts snapped a five-game skid.
The Titans will take on nationally-ranked Arizona State on Tuesday and Wednesday in Tempe, Ariz. And then return home to open Big West action with Cal State Northridge over the weekend.