Kaplan Blanks Pacific, 2-0
April 21, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - Jeff Kaplan hurled a complete-game shutout as No. 17 Cal State Fullerton (25-12, 6-2) defeated Pacific (10-30-1, 0-8) 2-0 Saturday night in a Big West Conference baseball game at Goodwin Field.
Kaplan (7-2) made quick work of the Tigers surrendering just five hits, while striking out seven in just two hours and six minutes. It was the second time this year Kaplan has finished the game without allowing a run. The right hand set down the last 10 batters he faced and picked up four of his strikeouts over the last three innings.
Tiger starter Curtis Pasma (0-4) also tossed a complete game, but came up on the losing end after giving up two unearned runs in the bottom of the second inning. The lefty stuck out eight and walked just one in the losing effort.
Fullerton's John Curtis and Nick Mahin put together back-to-back singles to open up the the bottom of the second, and later scored the Titans only two runs. Pasma looked to get out of the inning unscathed, but a two-out grounder by Corey Jones went right under first baseman Brett Manning's glove, bringing home the first Titans' run. A batter later, Pasma balked home Mahin with the Titans' second and final run.
A night after punding out 18 runs on 16 hits, the Titans and Tiger were both held to just five hits apiece, with Clark Hardman Leading the way with three. No other player collected more than one single. Hardman finished 3-for-4 and upped his team-leading average to .371.
With the win Cal State Fullerton takes its ninth season series of the year and its second in Big West Conference play.
The Titans' Khris Davis snapped his nine-game hitting streak going hitless in three at bats.
Michael Morrison will get his first shot at a weekend start for the Titans as he will go Sunday afternoon after three midweek starts under his belt. The freshman is 4-1 on the year and will be faced by Pacific's Hunter Carnevale who is 2-4 on the season. First pitch at Goodwin Field is set for 1 p.m.