Titans Take Series Opener from Mustangs, 6-1
April 20, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. - Michael Lorenzen and Anthony Hutting each had two hits and an RBI at the plate in support of righty Dylan Floro's strong eight inning performance on the mound as No. 12 Cal State Fullerton defeated visiting Cal Poly, 6-1, in the first game of a Big West Conference series at Goodwin Field.
The Titans win their fourth game in a row to improve to 25-12 overall and 8-2 in league play. Their victory combined with a loss by Long Beach State on Friday night leaves Fullerton in sole possession of first place atop the conference standings. Long Beach State was no-hit by UC Irvine's Andrew Thurman, the same Andrew Thurman that took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against Fullerton last Sunday in Irvine.
Cal Poly drops to 21-15 overall and 5-5 in the Big West. Long Beach is one game behind the Titans at 7-3. Cal Poly, Irvine and UC Santa Barbara are all three games back in a three-way tie for third.
Floro (6-3) won for the fifth time in his last six starts by scattering 10 hits over eight innings. He struck out eight without a walk and the lone run came on three hits in his final inning of work. David Armendariz cashed in the only Mustang run with a single to left out of the reach of Richy Pedroza at third base. Cal Poly put the pressure on Floro, but stranded nine of their 11 base runners, seven of them through the first four innings.
Clay Williamson's second-inning sacrifice fly was the first of five Titans runs off losing pitcher Joey Wagman (5-3). Wagman lasted five innings and allowed four earned runs while collecting four strikeouts.
The Titans scored again in the third thanks to a miscue by Mustang shortstop Mike Miller on a routine grounder that allowed Jared Deacon aboard to lead off the inning. Pedroza singled Deacon to second and a groundout moved him to third. Lorenzen then drove him home with a single through the 5-6 hole to make it 2-0.
The big blow came in the sixth when Fullerton sent up eight men and scored four times to take a 6-0 lead. Lopez and Lorenzen singled and both came around to score when Hutting hit a ball to the rightfield wall. Lopez scored on the double, but Lorenzen was able to score all the way from first when the rightfielder Nick Torres mishandled the ball. Hutting wound up on third base on the play.
That ended Wagman's night and brought in Michael Holback. He struck out J.D. Davis, the first man he saw, but not before wild pitching Hutting home from third. Clay Williamson singled and moved all the way to third on Derek Legg's double that was whacked down the right field line. Williamson also came home to score on a wild pitch, also charge to Holback.
The two teams will square off Saturday night at Goodwin Field at 6 p.m. Fullerton's Kenny Mathews (4-0, 3.10 ERA) will square off against Kyle Anderson (6-1, 2.08 ERA) in a battle of the left-handers. The series finale will be on Sunday at 1 p.m.