April 23, 2008
Fullerton, Calif. - A two-out, two-run single by Raoul Torrez in the top of the 10th inning was the difference as No. 6 Arizona State defeated No. 15 Cal State Fullerton 10-8 in the Wednesday night non-conference baseball game at Goodwin Field.
The Titans dropped its eight extra inning game in its last nine, and fourth of five in 2008 and fall to 24-14 on the year. The Sun Devils improve to 32-7 on the year and head home to face Cal this weekend.
Reyes Dorado and Tommy Rafferty (7-0) did not allow a hit over the final six innings of the game with Rafferty picking up his seventh win of the season with 2.2 innings of work. The duo combined for four strikeouts on the night, facing just three over the minimum.
Brian Wilson (1-2), who pitched a season high 5.1 innings, suffered the loss as he loaded the bases before being lifted for Ryan Ackland. After two quick outs, Wilson walked Kiel Roling then hit Rocky Laguna and Ryan Sontag to fill the bases full of Devils. Ackland's first pitch to Torrez was sharply hit back up the middle bringing home the eventual game-winners.
Before the 10th, the two teams locked horns for nine innings the second night in a row, with ASU getting on the board first with a three-run opening frame. The Sun Devils hit starter Kevin Rath hard in the freshman lefty's first career start. After a fielding error by Corey Jones, Brett Wallace hit his 11th home run of the season to straight away center to give ASU a quick 2-0 lead. With two outs, Roling followed suit, with a solo big-fly of his own, his sixth of the season. Both home runs went out to straight-away center.
The Arizona State lead did not last long as Fullerton put up four hits of their own off starter Seth Blair. Cory Jones' fielder's choice scored Christian Colon who singled for Fullerton's first run of the night. After a pop-fly single that the second baseman Torrez misplayed, Jeff Newman tied the game at three with a two-run triple to left center field.
The Titans tacked on three unanswered runs in the second and third, to give Rath a 6-3 lead. Josh Fellhauer's third home run of the season in the second inning plated two runs and an error by first baseman Ike Davis on the back end of an attempted double play allowed a third inning run to score.
Torrez doubled with two outs in the fourth and was driven home by Jason Kipnis to cut the Fullerton lead to 6-4, but the Titans answered back in the bottom half of the inning with two more runs to make it 8-4.
Josh Fellhauer singled to lead off the inning and scored on a pair of errors assessed to Colon's bunt single. In an effort to get Colon out at first, the third baseman Wallace threw wide of first and down the line allowing both runners to advance a base. But when right fielder Marcel Champagnie also overran the ball in his back-up attempt, another error was given as Colon advanced to third and Fellhauer came all the way around to score.
Again, ASU rallied for three runs off Rath in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to 8-7. Rath hit Wallace to lead things off, and with one out proceeded to surrender three straight hits, including a RBI double by Roling and a two-run single by Sontag.
Roling tied the game in the sixth with an RBI-single off Wilson, the only run he would allow until the tenth.
Rath, in his first career start, went 4.1 innings and gave up seven runs (four earned) on nine hits. The southpaw also struck out five without a walk. Wilson went 5.1 and finished by giving up three runs on four hits while striking out six.
Fellhauer, Colon, Erik Komatsu and Clark each had two hits for Fullerotn in the loss. Fellhauer and Clark each contributed a pair of RBI.
Roling led all players with a 4-for-5 night and three RBI.
Cal State Fullerton will host UC Davis this weekend at Goodwin Field. Game times are 7 p.m., 6 p.m. and 1 p.m., Friday through Sunday, respectively.