Titans Come From Behind with 9-Run Fourth
April 5, 2011
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Fullerton, Calif. - Carlos Lopez drove in 5 runs in a 9-run fourth inning that rallied Cal State Fullerton Tuesday night to a 13-3 non-conference win over Pepperdine at Goodwin Field.
The No. 12-ranked Titans (21-8) overcame a 3-run deficit to win their ninth game in a row and 13th in 14 games. Pepperdine fell to 14-14.
David Hurlbut (2-0), the first of four relief pitchers behind starter Colin O'Connell, went two scoreless innings and got the win. O'Connell gave up 7 hits and several hard outs but only 3 runs, 2 earned. The bullpen allowed only 3 hits and no runs with 7 strikeouts in 5 innings.
After three scoreless innings, loser Alex Najera (0-3) walked Nick Ramirez and Tyler Pill to open the Fullerton fourth. After a sacrifice, Lopez hit his first home run of the year to right field to tie the game. Singles by Blake Barber and Jared Deacon chased Najera in favor of Jared Lee, who got an out on a force play before hitting Ivory Thomas to load the bases. That set up a 3-run triple to right center by Richy Pedroza for a 6-3 Titan lead. After another walk to Ramirez, Pedroza came home on a double by Pill and Ramirez and Pill scored on Lopez' 2-run single to left.
Pepperdine jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Joe Sever doubled off the centerfield fence and scored on a single by Sam Meyer, who went to second on Miles Silverstein's single to left and continued to third when Lopez let the ball get by him for an error. Zach Vincej scored Meyer with a fly ball to deep centerfield.
Two singles and two force plays in the fourth gave the Waves a short-lived 3-0 lead.
The Titans added pairs of runs in the fifth and sixth innings with one unearned run in each frame. Singles by Deacon, Anthony Trajano and Thomas plus and error and a wild pitch did the damage in the fifth and three walks, a hit batter, a double steal and an error produced the final two runs.
Both teams play 3-game conference series this weekend. The Titans host UC Irvine while the Waves open West Coast Conference play at Portland.