April 10, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - A trio of Titans collected two hits and Dustin Garneau and Josh Fellhauer drove in two as No. 18 Cal State Fullerton defeated USC 7-1 in a non-conference game Tuesday night in front of a season-high crowd of 3,310 at Goodwin Field.
Titan starter Michael Morrison (3-1) picked up the win as the Titans improve to 20-12. The right-hander tossed three one-hit innings and increased his scoreless streak to 10 innings. Tommy Milone (2-3) suffered the loss for the Trojans surrendering five earned runs over 4 1/3 innings of work, dropping USC's overall record to 19-15.
The first of Garneau's two singles on the night, drove in a pair of runs to give Fullerton all the offense they would need and a 2-0 lead after two innings.
The Titans backed up their two-run second with four unanswered runs (two in the third and two in the fifth) in the first five innings to give the Titans a 6-0 advantage. Lead-off man Clark Hardman tripled then beat the throw home on a fielder's choice by Fellhauer who drove home the Titans third run of the night. Two batters later, Khris Davis'second double of the night, drove home Fellhauer to give Morrison a 4-0 lead after three. Fellhauer drove home Hardman with a one-out triple in the fifth, then third baseman Evan McArthur drove home the outfielder with a sacrifice fly to left.
Fullerton used six arms in the designated "staff night," holding the Trojans to just four hits with senior Bryan Harris allowing the only USC run. The run, unearned, score as a result of a McArthur throwing error that extended the inning, foiling the shutout. Morrison, Paul Canedo, Travis Kelly, Harris, Dustin Birosak and Nolan Bruyninckx combined for six strikeouts on the night and did not allow an extra base hit.
A hit batter, a single and a sacrifice fly by Corey Jones gave the Titans one more for good measure as Bruyninckx then came in to shut the door in the ninth with two strikeouts and a come-backer for the Titan win.
Hardman, Davis and Garneau led all players with two hits apiece for Fullerton. Grant Green, Lucas Duda, Hector Estrella and Anthony Vasquez each tallied singles for Southern California in the losing effort.
Cal State Fullerton travels to UC Davis this weekend for a non-conference series with the Aggies at the Dobbins Baseball Complex Friday through Sunday.