May 8, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - Nick Mahin's least powerful of his four hits Tuesday night brought home the winning run in the sixth inning to break a 5-5 tie as Cal State Fullerton then went on to defeat Loyola Marymount, 13-5, at Goodwin Field.
The Titans, losers of six of their last seven, improved to 29-18 on the year heading in to a big weekend series with No. 9 Wichita State. Loyola Marymount drops to 20-31-1 with the loss.
Fullerton brought out the big guns in the evening non-conference tilt, blasting a season-high four home runs, two of which were belted by Mahin. Jeff Kaplan (8-3) earned his eighth win of the year with two innings of one-hit work, and Dustin Birosak notched his second save while extending his scoreless streak to 12 consecutive innings out of the pen. Nathan Keadle picked up the loss and falls to 3-2.
Trialing 2-0 in the bottom of the first, Fullerton teed up on starter Xavier Esquivel for three runs within the first four pitches of his start. Hardman took an 0-1 pitch to right field for a leadoff single, the on back-to-back pitches, Josh Fellhauer and Mahin sent long balls out of Goodwin Field giving the Titans a 3-2 advantage after the first inning.
Mahin's second blast of the night came in the fourth inning a pitch after Esquivel induced a foul pop up that Lion first baseman Sean Dovel could not handle. Dovel was charged with the costly error, then the Titans took a 4-2 lead with the right fielder's subsequent long ball. It was Mahin's seventh home run of the year.
LMU rallied for three runs off Sean Urena and reliever Travis Kelly in the top of the fourth. Urena allowed a single to Michael Glomb and issued a walk to Ryan Wheeler before being replaced with Kelly. The reliever then threw late to third trying to get the lead out on a T.J Bernardy sac-bunt to load the bases. A sacrifice-fly and a two-run double later by leadoff hitter Eric Farris put the Lions up 5-4.
Urena, the Titans Sunday starter for the first 10 weeks of the season worked into the fourth but did not retire an out. It was his first Start since Apr. 15, at UC Davis and his longest outing since his four-inning performance on Apr. 1 at Cal State Northridge.
A bases-loaded ground out by Khris Davis tied the game in the fifth off reliever Ezequiel Rubalcaba tied the game in the fifth and Mahin's fourth hit, a floater into right, scored Fellhauer from second with the go-ahead run.
The Titans sent 10 men to the plate in the eighth inning and exploded for seven runs of Keadle and Mike Kenny. Matt Wallach was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to pick up an RBI and was followed by Davis who walked to force home another. Evan McArthur got his hand in the mix and singled through the left side to bring home to setting up Corey Jones' first career home run, a three-run job that got out of the yard in a hurry to conclude the Titan rally.
Mahin finished the game 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored, while Fellhauer and Jones each had two knocks.
Farris led the Lions with three hits and a pair of RBI, with Angelo Songco in tow with a pair of his own.
The Titans will have practice day Wednesday before traveling to Kansas on Thursday for the weekend series with the Shockers.