Feb. 21, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Waseda, a university from Tokyo, Japan, has played baseball games in the United States since 1905 and credit some of the improvements to Japanese baseball to their experiences gained overseas.
Waseda got on the board right off the bat, as Daisuke Ikushima singled to left of the Titans' Cory Arbiso, and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. The Japanese No. 3, Hirokio Uemoto then singled to right driving in Ikushima for their only run until the top of the ninth.
A combination of five Fullerton arms took care of Waseda, striking out 12, surrendering just five hits. Transfer Ryan Paul earned the win in the designated staff day, going two innings of scoreless baseball as the Titans took the lead in the top of the third.
Waseda's starter Tomohisa Otani lasted five innings giving up eight hits and four earned runs while striking out three to earn the loss. Waseda first baseman Reiji Onishi was the only Japanese team member to pick up two knocks.
Waseda threatened in the top of the ninth, scoring once as reliever Dave Pherrin hit Ikushima with the bases loaded to bring home the last run.
Waseda will continue its Southern California tour with games against USC and UCLA on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. Fullerton will play a split three-game series versus the Bruins this weekend with Friday night's affair to be held at Jackie Robinson Stadium at 6 p.m. The final two games will be played at Goodwin Field at 6 p.m. on Saturday night and 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.