May 25, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - Matt Wallach blasted a game-tying grand slam and then doubled and scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Cal State Fullerton came from behind to beat Long Beach State, 7-6, in a Big West Conference tilt at Goodwin Field Friday night.
The Titans beat the 49ers for the 11th time in their last 13 meetings and improved to 33-21 on the year and 10-9 in league play. Long Beach lost its fourth in a row and fell to 35-18 overall, 13-6 in Big West play.
After Wallach's slam tied the game at 6-6 in the sixth, the junior first baseman doubled inside first base with two outs off losing pitcher David Roberts (3-1). The next batter Evan McArthur promptly drove home Wallach with a double inside third, scoring the junior first baseman with the game-winner.
Wes Roemer pitched his fifth complete game of the year and eighth of his career in what could possibly be his final home game in a Titan uniform. The junior struck out 11 and retired the final 12 batters he faced to improve to 9-6 on the year.
Fullerton's five-run sixth rejuvenated the right hander, who prior to the rally was trailing, 6-1, surrendering all six earned runs on eight hits over five plus innings of work.
Long Beach gave starter Manny McElroy a lead to work with, stroking five extra-base hits including a pair of doubles from DH Brandon Godfrey. Robert Perry tied Godfrey with a pair of hits for the 49ers, while six different men drove home runs in the losing effort.
McElroy held the Titans to just one hit over the first 4 of his 5.1 innings of work before McArthur broke up the shutout with a solo home run in the fifth inning. The righty was responsible for six of the Titans' seven runs with only five ending up as earned runs.
Roberts worked 2.2 innings in relief of McElroy and had retired six Titans in a row before the back-to-back doubles to Wallach and McArthur.
McArthur and Wallach each doubled and homered and Joe Scott picked up a pair of hits to lead the Titans offensively. John Curtis picked up the additional RBI with a sac-fly to start the run-scoring in the sixth.
Tomorrow, Jeff Kaplan (10-3, 3.42 ERA) will go up against Andrew Liebel (7-3, 2.53 ERA) in game two of the three-game series at Goodwin Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
NOTES: Wes Roemer struck out 10-or-more for the eighth time in his career and fifth time this year. He now sits just 20 away from breaking Adam Johnson's Cal State Fullerton career mark of 365 strikeouts...Roemer also inched closer to the all-time NCAA hit-batters record by plunking TJ Mittelstadt with the first pitch of the game. He now sits just seven HBPs away from tying the record...Wallach's grand slam with the first this year for Fullerton and the first since Jared Clark hit one on Apr. 22, 2006, at Klein Family Field at Pacific...Two homers lifted the Titans to victory on Friday night, giving them 27 on the year. The 1975 Titans finished their season with just 28 round-trippers, a trip to Omaha and the record for fewest home runs in a season by any CSF team...Clark Hardman's 10-game hitting streak came to an end on Friday as the junior went 0-3 with a run scored in the win.