Jan. 28, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - John Curtis' one-out RBI double to the right-center gap in the fourth inning brought home the game-winning run as the 2006 Cal State Fullerton baseball team downed the Titan Alumni 6-2 Saturday afternoon at Goodwin Field.
More than 60 former Titans showed up from teams dating back into the 1960's. Current big league players in attendance included Shane Costa (Kansas City), Reed Johnson (Toronto), Mike Lamb (Houston), and Chad Cordero (Washington).
The Titans got three runs in consecutive innings (2nd-4th) early off of Mike Martinez (2000-04), Pat Estrada (1978-79) and Jason Windsor (2003-04) following a perfect first inning by 2005 first-round draft choice Ricky Romero.
After a pair of hits by Curtis and Danny Dorn in the second, 2004 freshman all-american Clark Hardman lifted a sacrifice fly to right to bring home the first run of the game. In the second, right fielder Joe Turgeon grounded into a double play, scoring Evan McArthur form third. But it was Curtis' double off of 2004 College World Series Most Outstanding Player, Windsor, that put the Titans ahead for good.
After squandering an opportunity with runners at second and third in the third inning, the Alumni put a pair of runs on the board in the fourth. They strung together five straight hits (Shane Costa, Kurt Suzuki, Sergio Pedroza, Mike Rouse and Felipe Garcia) off of starter Jared Clark, with RBI single coming from the shortstop Rouse (2001), and a scoring ground ball from pinch-hitter Dan Hanggie (1978-80). That would be all the scoring the Alumni would produce.
After an RBI single by infielder Joe Scott, newcomer Justin Garneau capped the Titan scoring in the eighth inning with a two-run triple to right center off of former Titan Jon Ward (1993-95).
A highlight of the day might have come for a pair of Titans they got a piece of Major League All-Star and saves leader Cordero in the ninth inning. Both J.D. McCauley and and Billy Pinkerton, fired solid shots back through the box off Cordero before getting David Cooper to ground out to end the game.
The Titans open up the 2006 campaign starting Friday night, Feb. 3 in Palo Alto. The three-game series will go through Sunday with games times starting at 5 p.m, on Friday night, and 1p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.