Kaplan Stymies Shox, Titans Take Series with 3-1 Victory
May 12, 2007
Wichita, Kansas - Jeff Kaplan no-hit the No. 9 Shockers for five of his six innings of work and stuck out six and Nick Mahin blasted his team-leading eighth home run of the year as Cal State Fullerton earned the series victory over Wichita State with a 3-1 win at Eck Stadium Saturday afternoon in front of 4,699 fans.
Fullerton improves to 31-18 on the year and take their tenth series of the season, also snapping a two-weekend series losing streak with the win. Conversely, Wichita State drops only their second series of the season after having won 11 straight. The Shockes fall to 42-16 on the year.
Kaplan (9-3) faced just one over the minimum through the first five innings, retiring 13 in a row before Tyler Weber broke up the no-hit bid to lead off the sixth. Saturday's victory was Kaplan's second win in the last three games, as he picked up a win in relief last Tuesday.
Weber took the first offering from Kaplan to lead off the Shocker half of the sixth and took it out of the yard for the only Shocker run of the game and getting his team as close as they would get the remainder of the game. It was Weber's eighth home run of the year.
Fullerton strung together four straight hits in the fourth off Shocker losing pitcher Rob Musgrave (7-2) to produce their final run tally. Nick Mahin's two-run shot got the Titans on the board, driving Joe Scott home after a leadoff double. Curtis followed Mahin's blast with a double that split the right-center gap, and then scored on Khris Davis' RBI-single to center.
Musgrave pitched well over 6.2 innings striking out a career-high 13 Titans, but the Wichita State offense could not get closer than the eventual 3-1 margin of defeat.
Bryan Harris picked up his first-career save by pitching the final 2.2 innings. The senior didn't allow a hit or a run, retiring all eight batters he faced.
Joe Scott for the second day in a row led both lineups with two hits, while Mahin's two RBI led all players as well.
The season finale will take place Sunday morning, 11 a.m. on the west coast, with freshman Michael Morrison (5-2, 5.81 ERA) going for the Titans and Anthony Capra (4-0, 2.03 ERA) for the Shockers.