Cal Poly's 6-run 7th Stuns Titans
May 18, 2007
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - A six-run Mustang seventh inning off Wes Roemer lifted Cal Poly to a 6-3 Big West Conference win over Cal State Fullerton Friday night at Baggett Stadium.
The Mustangs win their fourth in a row and improve to 28-23 overall and 9-7 in conference play. The Titans lose their sixth game in their last 10 efforts and fall to 31-20, 8-8. Eric Massingham (2-1) earned the win with a solid seven-inning effort with Evan Reed tossing two scoreless innings for his seventh save of the year.
Roemer (8-6) was cruising and was in line for his ninth win of the year through six innings, but in the seventh, Cal Poly's offense erupted for six runs on six hits, hading the righty his sixth loss of the year instead.
With the bases loaded, trailing 3-0, Cal Poly's Adam Melker launched a hard liner to left field where Titan left fielder Josh Fellhauer was racing to catch the ball for the first out of the inning. As the left fielder came over and went to set his feet, he slip and fell to the ground, allowing the ball to sail over his head and roll all the way to the wall for a three-run triple, tying the game at 3-3.
The next hitter Logan Schafer singled to left driving home Melker with the eventual game-winner. The Mustangs scored two more times in the seventh on an RBI-single and a wild pitch off Adam Jorgenson, the second Titan reliever of the inning. All six Mustang runs were charged to Roemer, tying a career-high in earn runs surrendered in a game. Roemer finished the game going six innings, unable to record an out in the seventh facing six hitters.
Titan shortstop Joe Scott broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth driving in all three Titan runs with a double off the top of the wall. He missed not only his first career home run, but a grand slam, as John Curtis, Khris Davis and Evan McArthur all scored on his two-base hit. Curtis and Davis led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and McArthur reached via Massingham's lone walk of the night. The Titans would produce just two more hits over the last five hits.
Five Mustangs tallied two hits on the night as Cal Poly out-hit Fullerton 13-8. Melker paced the Mustanges with two hits and three RBI, also picking up one of three Poly stolen bases.
Clark Hardman and Curtis led the Titans with a pair of hits apiece.
The two teams will square off Saturday night at 6 p.m. at Baggett Stadium with Jeff Kaplan going for the Titans and Grant Theophilius for the Mustangs.