May 5, 2006
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Jared Clark collected a pair of hits and drove in three runs to help lift No. 4 Cal State Fullerton (34-11, 11-2) to a 5-3 victory over UC Santa Barbara (19-22, 5-8) Friday afternoon in a Big West Conference match-up at Caesar-Uyesaka Stadium.
The Titans Wes Roemer (9-1) had another solid outing, becoming the third Titan to surpass the nine-win plateau, in a near-complete game effort. Roemer worked 8 2/3 innings before being lifted in the ninth, for Vinnie Pestano, who recorded his conference-leading 13th save of the season by striking out pinch-hitter Clayton Shank to end the game.
The Titans struck first, jumping out to a 4-0 lead, courtesy of Clark's offensive outburst. Clark homered in the first inning then followed a Danny Dorn RBI-single with a two run double of his own in the top of the fifth. The Titans would not look back.
Santa Barbara would try to bounce back with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fifth. The Gauchos would string together three hits and a walk off Roemer, only the fourth free-pass he has surrendered this year in 108 1/3 innings. Matt Emerick (single), and Matt Clark (walk) were sacrificed into scoring position by Gaucho third baseman Shane Carlson, setting up a Mario Lewis, two-RBI single to cut the Titan lead to 4-2.
Graham lasted six innings, surrendering eight Titan hits and five runs (two earned), while fanning four in the losing effort.
UCSB's Matt Wade was near perfect in relief of Graham, retiring eight of the nine hitters he faced, allowing just a double to Titan short stop Blake Davis, who extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
The Titans and Gauchos will meet again tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the game to be simulcast on both fullertontitans.com and KSPA AM 1510. Join Justin Alderson as he brings the play-by-play, live from Caesar-Uyesaka Stadium. Lauren Gagnier will be shooting for his nation-leading 11th win of the season.
NOTES: Roemer was one out away from his third complete game of the season, but he then hit his single-season record-setting 19th batter of the year, bringing the tying run to the plate in Shank. Horton would then go to Pestano for the save... Justin Turner tallied his 915th career at bat in the sixth inning to place him No. 2 all-time at Cal State Fullerton behind NCAA career record holder John Fishel. (1114 at bats from 1982-85)...Word came in via cell phone that former Titan College World Series Most Outstanding Player Jason Windsor was promoted to AAA Sacramento on Friday. He will be joining the Rivercats later on today.