November 4, 2012

Titan Offense Explodes in Fall Finale

FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton played its third and final game of the fall schedule on Saturday, defeating UC Santa Barbara, 9-1, at Goodwin Field.

The Titans scored nine runs on 10 hits, led by Matt Chapman's 2-for-3, four-RBI afternoon. The sophomore third baseman hammered a three-run double in the second inning, and added an RBI single in the fourth.

Richy Pedroza led the Titans with three hits, including a RBI single in the second and a lead0ff triple in the eighth, while Chad Wallach was responsible for a two-run homer in the third inning. Senior Carlos Lopez also had two hits on the day.

The second inning started the scoring for Fullerton as a UCSB error kept the bottom of the frame alive, putting runners on the corners, as Wallach was able to score on Pedroza's RBI single ripped into right center.

UCSB starter Greg Mahle then loaded the bases by plunking Matt Orloff,  setting the table for Chapman's bases-clearing double down the left field line to put the Titans in the driver's seat with a 4-0 advantage.

One swing of Wallach's bat in the third scored two more runs as his homer brought in Lopez as CSF went ahead 6-0.

Mahle allowed six runs – only two earned – in three innings of work. The sophomore left-hander allowed five hits while also striking out five.

Chapman drove in his fourth run of the game with a RBI single up the middle in the fourth that gave the Titans a 7-1 advantage.

UCSB first baseman Tyler Kuresa drove in the Gauchos' first run of the game as his single plated Marc Venning, who was sitting at second after knocking a double to right field.

Fullerton freshman right-hander Thomas Eshelman started the game for the Titans, allowing one run on four hits while fanning three. Titan fans also got to see freshmen Bryan Conant and Justin Garza take the mound.

The Gauchos finished the first nine innings with eight hits.

Following the nine-inning affair, the teams continued the scrimmage for extra innings.

Fullerton's fall schedule ends on Friday, and the Titans will hold three more intrasquad scrimmages at Goodwin Field which are open to the public.