Nov. 5, 2005
Fullerton, Calif. - The Cal State Fullerton annual Blue/White scrimmage concluded the fall workouts Saturday afternoon at Goodwin Field as the Titans gave their fans an early glimps of the 2006 baseball team. The White team scored five runs in the first two innings and held on to win 5-4 in the eight inning scrimmage.
Jared Clark started the scoring for the White team as he sent a Chris Jones pitch down the left field line for a bases-loaded double, scoring two in the top of the first inning. Newcomer Bryan Harris and returner Brandon Tripp then followed with a pair of sacrifice fly balls upping their lead to 4-0. Designated hitter Danny Dorn added a sacrifice fly in the top of the second, to extend the lead to 5-0.
Clark, who was also the starting pitcher, shut down the Blue offense in the bottom of the first, but was met by transfer from Texas A&M, Chris Jones' leadoff home run off the scoreboard narrowing the lead to 4-1. Jones finished the day 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in his first public appearance as a Titan.
All was quiet until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Blue Titans put up three runs off lefty Dave Pherrin. After a hit batter and a pair of singles, Blue third baseman Evan McArthur connected for a two-run double, pulling the team within one run at 5-4.
Sophomore Jeff Soulages came on in relief and faced three batters, getting Matt Fahey to ground into a game-ending double play concluding the 2006 Family Fun Day scrimmage.
Family and Friends got to see seven Titan arms on Saturday led by solid outings by John Estes, Lauren Gagnier and Ryan Paul. Estes went two innings, not allowing a hit while striking out two for Blue. Gagnier threw the final two innings for the White side allowing two hits, whiffing Dennis Gerbasi to conclude his outing. Paul made a good first impression for the Blue, going two innings not allowing a hit or a run while walking just one.
Clark worked three innings allowing just the one run in the second inning, giving up five hits to 14 batters faced.
Jones had a rough first outing as a Titan, allowing five runs over three innings, surrendering three hits, four walks and a hit batter.
The scrimmage came on the heels of a free youth clinic put on by the Cal State Fullerton baseball team. The youth, ages 7-14 came out in record numbers as well over 100 kids showed up to learn how to play "the Titan way". Many of the youth and their families stayed around for the scrimmaged contributing to the approximately 300 Titan fans in the stands.
Your next chance to see the 2006 Titans will be Jan. 28, 2006 as the Pro-Alumni will be back to face the new Fullerton crew. The 2006 season will begin Feb. 3 in Palo Alto, Calif. where the Titans will face long-time nemesis Stanford in a weekend series at Sunken Diamond.