April 22, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - Evan McArthur, Nick Mahin and Corey Jones each homered in No. 17 Cal State Fullerton's 12-1 Big West Conference victory over Pacific Sunday afternoon to give the Titans the three-game sweep over the Tigers.
Fullerton outscored the northern opponents 32-2 on the weekend and improve to 26-12 overall and 7-2 in league play. Meanwhile, the Tigers fall to 10-31-1 overall and remain winless in Big West play at 0-9.
Michael Morrison (5-1) earned the victory on Sunday tossing 5 1/3 innings of four-hit ball, surrendering just one unearned run while striking out three. It was Morrison's fourth overall start, but his first weekend effort of 2007.
McArthur poked the would-be game-winning hit in the second inning off losing pitcher Hunter Canevale (2-5), a 350-foot home run that brought home Matt Wallach, giving the Titans an early 2-0 lead.
The Titans added to their lead in fourth with three runs on three hits and a Pacific error. Matt Wallach doubled home a run and Joe Scott added an RBI single off Carnevale giving the Titans a commanding 5-0 lead.
Morrison retired 11 of 13 Tiger batters between the first and fifth innings and didn't surrender the Tiger run until the sixth inning. Joe Oliveira singled to start things off and then advance to second when Morrison uncorked a wild pitch. After a walk to Justin Baum, Fullerton went to its bullpen, and brought on lefty Paul Canedo. After getting Zack Chamberlin to ground into a fielder's choice to retire Baum, Canedo served up a grounder to Titan second baseman Co. Jones, but the ball went through his legs allowing Oliveria to trot home with the Tigers only run of the game.
The Titan offense didn't take to kindly to the Tiger rally in the sixth, and punched back with seven runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame, large-in-part to two three-run homers by Co. Jones (his first-career shot) and Mahin (his team-leading fourth of the year). Clark Hardman added another with an RBI-single to drive home Scott who tripled for the second of three hits he got on the afternoon. Fullerton batted 10 men in the inning and faced three Tiger arms pushing their lead to the eventual final tally of 12-1 after six.
Canedo, Justin Klipp, Travis Kelly and Nolan Bruyninckx held the Tigers to just on hit over the final 3 1/3 innings to close out the game. The Titan pitchers on the weekend held the Pacific offense to just two runs, both unearned in the three-game set.
Oliveira and Erik Hamren led Pacific with two hits apiece on Sunday, while the Titans Scott and McArthur each tallied three.
Cal State Fullerton will enjoy a Monday off then head to Los Angeles on Tuesday to face USC for the second time in 2007, kicking off five straight road games. Game time from Dedeaux Field is set for 6 p.m. The Titans will then travel to UC Riverside next weekend, then to Pepperdine the following Tuesday.