Colon's Homer Lifts Titans to 2-1 Win and Sweep
April 20, 2008
Stockton, Calif. - Christian Colon's solo home run in the top of the eighth inning lifted the No 15 Cal State Fullerton to a 2-1 win over Pacific Sunday afternoon to complete the weekend sweep of the Tigers at Klein Family Field.
Fullerton wins its 19th straight game over Pacific and improves to 23-13 on the year and 9-3 in league action while Pacific falls to 8-28, 2-10.
Cory Arbiso (7-2) earned his seventh straight win with an eight-inning effort, surrendering just one run on eight hits. The junior right-hander also fanned six and surrendered just one walk, an intentional one issued in the seventh inning. Adam Jorgenson picked up his fourth save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning.
Joey Centanni (0-2) pitched very well for eight innings as well, with his only big mistake being the late-game long ball. The southpaw allowed just two runs on seven hits, while striking out four in the losing effort.
Colon backed up a dazzling defensive play in the bottom of the seventh, with his home run in the top of the eighth to put the Titans on top, 2-1. Colon drove Centanni's first pitch up and out of Klein Family Field, the second time on the 2008 campaign he has homered, and the first time on the day he had picked up a hit.
The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Arbiso worked out of a jam, thanks to the glovework of Colon. With runners at first and second, John Joines sent a chopper deep in the hole that not only did Colon get a glove on, but had the presence of mind to throw off balance to record the force out at third base with Joel Weeks stretching. That cut short the Pacific rally as Arbiso finished the inning with a strikeout of Matt Fuson.
In the sixth, Adam Ching laid into Arbiso's first pitch to him and tied the game with a solo home run of his own over the left-center field wall. It was the shortstop's third home run of the season, and the fifth of the season surrendered by the Titan hurler.
The Titans manufactured their first run of the day as Gary Brown and Josh Fellhauer led the inning off the third inning with back-to-back singles off Centanni. Colon then sacrificed the two Titan runners up 90 feet to set up a run-scoring grounder by Erik Komatsu.
Felljhauer and Joel Weeks each collected two hits apiece in the win. The duo accounted for four of the eight Titan hits. Adam Ching and Mike Walker also collected half of the Tigers' eight hits with two each.
The Titans move into first place in the Big West Conference as Cal Poly beat UC Davis, 4-2 on Sunday.
Cal State Fullerotn will take the day off on Monday in preparation for theor second five-game week of the year. Arizona State will be in Fullerton for a pair of midweek tilts at Goodwin Field on Tuesday and Wednesday (both at 6 p.m.) before Fullerton hosts UC Davis in a three-game set, Friday Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m, 6 p.m. and 1 pm., respectively.