April 23, 2006
Stockton, Calif. - Brett Pill had three hits and Danny Dorn, Blake Davis and Evan McArthur added two apiece Sunday afternoon and Dustin Miller, Ryan Paul and Vinnie Pestano combined on an 8-hitter to lead Cal State Fullerton to an 8-4 victory and a sweep of its 3-game series at Pacific.
The win improved the Titans' record to 31-10 and their Big West Conference leading mark to 8-1. Miller improved to 8-1 and Pestano got his 12th save, recording the final five outs after Paul worked 1.1 innings. UoP fell to 22-16 and 3-6.
Fullerton took advantage of wildness by UoP starter Ty'relle Harris (4-2), who walked four in the first one and two-thirds innings as Fullerton built a 5-1 lead. The Tigers got within 5-3 against Miller and Anthony Jackson's solo homer off Paul in the seventh got them within 6-4, but the Titans pushed across a pair of insurance runs -- on John Curtis' squeeze bunt in the eighth and a bases-loaded error in the ninth -- to ease Pestano's job.
Brandon Tripp saw his 15-game hitting streak end when Adam Ching made a diving stop to start an inning-ending double play in the ninth. (p)Fullerton has won 10 of 12 3-game series this year including seven by sweeps.
A 3-1 week should keep the Titans atop the Baseball America national poll. They are idle until a 3-game Big West series at home next weekend against UC Riverside. The Titans expect to go with their normal rotaton of Wes Roemer, Lauren Gagnier and Miller against the Highlanders.