Titans Open Conference with 14-0 Shutout of Aggies
April 1, 2011
Davis, Calif. - Joe Terry was 4-for-4 and Michael Lorenzen drove in two runs in support of starter Jake Floethe as No. 12 Cal State Fullerton routed UC Davis 14-0 in the opening game of a Big West Conference series at Dobbins Baseball Complex Friday afternoon.
With the win, the Titans match their season best winning streak at 6 games and improve to 18-8 overall and 1-0 in Big West action. Fullerton has won in each of the last eight meetings with Davis and has outscored it 60-13 over the last four ball games.
Davis falls to 5-15 on the year, snapping a season high two-game winning streak.
Two runs in the top of the first for the Titans was enough for Floethe (3-1) to log his third victory of the year by two-hitting the Aggies over eight innings. Justin Andrad's line drive single, just off the glove of sliding left fielder Tyler Pill in the third inning, was the only UC Davis hit in the game until pinch-hitter Alex Drefuss chopped a ball through the left side in the eighth.
Floethe and reliever Walker Moore (first career inning) were helped by the Titan defense, which converted 4 double plays, 3 of which ended an inning. Floethe faced just 3 batters over the minimum, and both pitchers combined to face just four over. Floethe lowered his ERA to a miniscule 1.52 in just over 41 innings pitched.
Davis starter Scott Lyman (0-3) suffered the loss after being knocked around the park for 7 innings. The right-hander gave up 9 earned runs on 14 hits before being relieved by Scott Walker (1 IP, 2 BB) and Nick Altman (1 IP, 5 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 HBP).
Lorenzen's 2-run single in the top of the first proved to be the game-winning hit, driving home Richy Pedroza (single) and Tyler Pill (walk) to give the Titans a 2-0 lead. Terry's triple and Jared Deacon's chopper up the middle produced a third run in the second.
Fullerton added a fourth run in the top of the fourth as Terry singled, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on Anthony Trajano's fly ball to center.
The Titans scored five times in the seventh and again in the ninth, with the team sending 10 batters to the plate each time. In the seventh, seven of the 10 players recorded hits and Pill's fly out produced a run. Pill was the only starter in the line up without a hit.
In the ninth, the Titans scored five times on just two hits. Altman allowed a single to Matt Orloff and then walked Trajano and Austin Kingsolver to load the bases. Pedroza singled to make it 10-0. Altman then hit 3 straight batters (Moore, Anthony Hutting and Casey Watkins) to drive home three more. Chad Wallach's ground out to third drove home the 14th and final run.
Nine different Titans collected hits with Terry (4 hits and just a HR away from the cycle), Pedroza (3 hits), Lorenzen and Trajano (2 hits each) finishing with multiple knocks. Twelve different Titans logged an RBI in the win.
The series continues Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Right-hander Noe Ramirez (4-2, 2.36 ERA) will be on the mound for Fullerton with Davis countering with southpaw Anthony Kupbens (2-2, 2.34 ERA).