Late Inning Rally Fails, Titans Fall, 2-1
April 5, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton's Wes Roemer retired the last 23 batters he faced and four-hit UC Irvine for nine innings, but runs in the first two innings lifted the Anteaters to a 2-1 Big West Conference victory over the Titans Thursday night at Goodwin Field.
Irvine's Scott Gorgen (6-1) fanned eight over eight innings of work, while surrendering just four Titan hits to earn his sixth win of the year, while Roemer (4-4), who tossed all nine, took the hard-luck loss, striking out ten in the losing effort. Fullerton snaps a four game winning streak with the loss.
The Titans (18-11, 3-1) squandered a bases-loaded no-out opportunity in the bottom of the ninth inning, needing just one run to tie. UCI 2004 All-American closer Blair Erickson's quest for to tie the NCAA all-time saves record was put on hold as the righty hit a batter and walked two to load the bases before being removed for Dylan Axelrod.
First baseman Matt Wallach drove in the only Titan run, chopping a ball off home plate, moving all three runners up 90 feet to cut the Anteater lead to 2-1. Axelrod then uncorked a pitch that looked to bring the tying run to the plate in pinch runner Dennis Gerbasi but his jump was not good enough, and he was retired at the plate by the pitcher with a good feed from catcher Aaron Lowensein.
With runners at second and third, and one out, UC Irvine elected to pitch to freshman Khris Davis, who struck out swinging. The Anteaters intentionally walked Josh Fellhauer to load the bases again, but Corey Jones grounded to second for the final out of the game. Axelrod was credited with his second save of the year.
Cody Cipriano tripled home Taylor Holiday (aboard with a double) for the first run of the game in the top of the first inning off Roemer. They followed with another run off the junior right-hander in the second. Lowenstein capitalized on a successful Anteater double-steal, grounding out and driving home Matt Morris who singled to lead off the frame.
After Ollie Linton's one-out single in the top of the second, Roemer was brilliant, not allowing a single Anteater on base for the final 7 2/3.
These two teams will square off on Friday night for the second game of the three-game series. Jeff Kaplan (4-2, 3.80 ERA) will he on the mound for Fullerton, while Irvine will counter with the conference's leading winner in Wes Etheridge (8-0, 1.23 ERA).
NOTES: Josh Fellhauer went hitless in Thursday night's game snapping his hitting streak at seven games....Thursday night marked the fourth time Wes Roemer has thrown a complete game in his career, the first in which he has found himself on the losing end.