Dorn Helps Lift Titans to a Series Victory

April 15, 2006

Final Stats

Fullerton, Calif. - Danny Dorn hit a two-run homer and scored four times as No. 1 Cal State Fullerton downed UC Davis, 8-1, Saturday afternoon at Goodwin Field in a non-conference baseball matinee.

The Titans have won 19 of their last 22 games and have now taken nine of their last 10 weekend series, improving to 28-9 overall. UC Davis falls to 13-18 overall and 1-5 versus the Titans.

Titan starter Dustin Miller (7-1) allowed five hits over six innings to earn his seventh win of the season as the Titan offense pounded out eight runs and 11 hits behind him. The senior struck out four and allowed the Aggie's lone run in the top of the fourth when Tyler LaTorre's ground ball to second scored Brandon Oliver from third. Oliver reached on a double to right-center field, then stole third base before being driven in.

Ryan Paul and Vinnie Pestano combined for three innings of shutout baseball in relief of Miller. Paul struck out a pair in two innings while Pestano got three Aggie ground balls to end the game.

In last night's game Danny Dorn made his long-awaited return to the Titan lineup in his first time as a starter since March 11. In Saturday afternoon's affair, the senior went 2-for-2 with a single and a two-run homer, his first of the season, before being walked in his final two plate appearances. Dorn was joined by Brandon Tripp with two hits and two RBI, with Tripp's RBI single in the Titan three-run fifth extending his hitting streak to 12 games.

The Titans got to Davis' starter Bryan Evans early, scoring seven of their eight runs off him before he was lifted for reliever Paul Gonzalez after just 4 1/3. Evans earned the loss falling to 3-5 on the year as he surrendered seven runs on seven hits, while walking three.

Cory Vanderhook continued to swing a hot bat, picking up his third hit, and his second and third RBI of the weekend with an RBI double and a bases-loaded. The senior, catching for the second day in a row, went 3-for-7 (.429) with two doubles and three RBI on the weekend versus the Aggies.

Cal State Fullerton will play a midweek contest with Loyola Marymount on Tuesday evening at Goodwin Field before heading on the road to visit soggy Pacifc in Stockton, Calif. in a return to Big West Conference play next weekend. The Titans are scheduled to be the first weekend opponent at the Tiger's new Klein Family Field opening next Tuesday.