May 5, 2012
Stockton, Calif. - Michael Lorenzen, Matt Chapman and Casey Watkins had three hits each and Carlos Lopez had a grand slam and 6 RBI on the night as No. 8 Cal State Fullerton took it to Pacific and beat it 21-4 in a Big West Conference game at Klein Family Field Saturday night.
The Titans set season highs in runs and hits by putting up a 21 in each column to claim the series, their 10th consecutive series victory dating back to the second week of the season. The Titans improve to 29-14 on the year and 11-3 in league play. Pacific falls to a meager 11-33, 1-13. It was its ninth consecutive defeat and its 11th series loss of the year.
Kenny Mathews (5-0) was efficient for seven innings on the mound using just 73 pitches to earn his fifth win of the year. The southpaw retired the last 10 men he faced and 19 of the last 20 to lift Fullerton to its third straight win. All three hits Mathews surrendered went for extra bases including home runs from Allen Riley (2-run) and Daniel Johnston (solo). Mathews faced just three over the minimum before handing the ball off to reliever Jose Cardona. Cardon gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth.
All five of Pacific's pitchers were touched for at least one run on the night. Travis Lumby (1-4), making the start, was touched for four runs on five hits over just two innings on the mound and took the loss. Bryce Lombardi (5 ER) Joe Spizzirri (3 ER) and Jared Wagner (2 ER) allowed 11 runs across for the next 5.2 innings and Thomas Berolzheimer was touched for six runs - including Lopez's blast to right field - in the final 1.1 innings. Just one of those runs in the ninth was earned thanks to back-to-back errors by third baseman Curtis Gomez.
The Titans scored in every inning except the fifth, despite having runners at second and third with just one out in the inning. Their lead-off man reached base and scored in six of the nine innings.
Lopez had a two-run single in the first, J.D. Davis added a two-run double in the third and Matt Orloff picked up two RBI with a single in the ninth. Every other run except Lopez's slam in the six-run 9th inning came one at a time. The grand slam was the first for the Titans since Christian Colon's four-run blast at Long Beach State's Blair Field, May 15, 2010. Fullerton had 3 slams in 2010, including a game-winning one by Lopez at San Diego on Apr. 27, 2010.
Every Titan starter had at least one hit on the night. Reserves Orloff and Austin Diemer each had two in three at bats after coming into the game in the seventh inning.
It is the first time since a 23-7 win over UC Davis, Apr. 2, 2010 that the Titans scored 20-plus runs. It was the first time the Titans beat an opponent by 17 runs since an 18-1 win over UC Riverside on Mar. 29, 2009. It was not, however, the largest margin of victory over the Tigers. Current Titan pitching coach Kirk Saarloos tossed the school's third no hitter in 2001 as the Titans beat up on Pacific, 28-0, on Apr. 8, 2001.
The Titans look for their third series sweep on Sunday at 1 p.m. Right-hander Grahamm Wiest (3-3, 3.02 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Titans. Righty Mike Hager will go for the Tigers.