May 19, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Danny Dorn's two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 3-3 tie and Cal State Fullerton went on to beat Cal Poly SLO, 6-4, in Big West Conference baseball action Friday night.
The win improved the Titans' record to 37-13 overall and 13-3 in the Big West while the Mustangs fell to 27-24 and 8-8.
Wes Roemer went 8.1 innings to improve to 10-1 with Ryan Paul getting the final two outs in his first save opportunity in place of injured closer Vinnie Pestano, who is out indefinitely with an arm injury.
Dorn's single up the middle just eluded reliever Casey Fien (5-4) and squirted into center field to score Justin Turner and Brett Pill. Dorn came all the way home from first on a double into the left-field corner by Jared Clark.
Cal Poly got an RBI single from Matt Canepa in the top of the ninth to chase Roemer. Paul walked pinch hitter Adam Buschini but then got Gilbert Gil to ground out and struck out Jimmy Gardiner looking with runners at second and third.
Cal Poly tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the eighth on a single by Gil and an RBI double by Grant Desme.
Fullerton had gone ahead, 3-2, in a bizarre sixth inning. Turner tripled home Clark Hardman and, after a walk to Blake Davis, then "scored" when a balk was called on starter Bud Norris. But after protests from Cal Poly Coach Larry Lee, home-plate umpire Rich Padilla overturned the call and summoned Turner out of the dugout and back to third and sent Davis back to first base. On the next pitch, Pill checked his swing and hit a comebacker that Norris turned into an inning-ending double play.
Each team scored twice in the fourth. Bryan Kepner singled and Jimmy Van Ostrandt hit his 13th home run of the season over the left-field wall.
Fullerton now has a 3-game lead in the Big West Conference over Long Beach State, which lost at UC Riverside, and a 5-game lead over Cal Poly and UCR, with five games to play.