Floro Stellar in Series Opener
May 4, 2012
Stockton, Calif. - Junior right hander Dylan Floro allowed five hits and struck out seven in a complete-game effort in front of a large group of family and friends to help lift No. 8 Cal State Fullerton to a 5-2 Big West Conference victory over Pacific at Klein Family Field Friday night.
The Titans win their second game this week and improve to 28-14 overall and 10-3 in Big West play. They remain ahead of Long Beach State in winning percentage of the conference standing s and pull even with them in the games behind column. The Tigers match their season high by dropping their eight consecutive games. They drop to 11-32, 1-12.
Floro, who grew up and attended high school in nearby Merced, Calif., logged his second complete game of the year on just 99 pitches and finished by facing the minimum over the last 4.2 innings. He also faced the minimum through the first three innings. He improved to 7-3 on the year and lowered his ERA to 2.25 in the process.
Michael Benson dropped to 2-7 on the year despite having thrown a great game through seven innings.
In the eighth, the Titans scored three unearned runs without the benefit of an RBI to break a 2-2 tie and end Benson's night. Anthony Hutting walked and was sacrificed to second to open the frame. J.D. Davis then sent a pop fly out behind the Pacific shortstop Josh Simms that fell for a base hit. With a late reaction, Hutting tried to advance to third and should have been thrown out by the centerfielder Tyler Sullivan, but his throw went wild allowing Hutting to remain at third and also allowing Davis to move into scoring position on the throw. A batter later, Anthony Trajano sent a soft grounder to second baseman Taylor Murphy, his throw to the plate looked good enough to get Hutting, but the sliding collision at the plate, kicked the ball to the backstop, far enough for Davis to score as well. With Trajano now at second, a pair of wild pitches gave the Titans the three runs on just one pop-up hit.
Fullerton opened up the scoring in the second inning with Matt Chapman driving home Hutting (double) with a single to left. That lead held until the fifth when Pacific their only runs across with three hits and a sac-fly. Curtis Gomez singles and went to third on Murphy's double shot down into the leftfield corner. Daniel Johnston then sent a chopping ball that landed five feet in front of home plate, but Titan catcher Jared Deacon over ran the ball, then threw late to Floro covering the plate trying to get Gomez. A batter later, Jason Taasaas sent a deep fly to center to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
The Titans even things in the top of the sixth on an RBI-single through the right side by Anthony Trajano.
Richy Pedroza had three hits for Cal State Fullerton and placed the team which produced 11 hits on the night. Pedroza has now had multiple hits in each of the last three games (8-for-13). Chapman and Ivory Thomas each had two hits apiece.
The second game of the series will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Kenny Mathews (4-0, 3.77 ERA) will be on the mound for the Titans.