Feb. 17, 2006
Irvine, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton (4-3) got to UC Irvine's (4-4) Justin Cassel for six runs in the top of the first inning, never looking back, as they went on to win a non-conference baseball game, 13-7, at Anteater Ballpark Friday night.
Fullerton won its first game on the road and extended its winning streak to four games as they pounded out a season-high 17 hits, including four by reigning Big West Conference Player of the Week Brett Pill and three by left fielder Clark Hardman. Pill tied a career-high with five RBI.
Wes Roemer (2-0) had another solid outing earning his second win, going 6 innings while tying a career-high nine strikeouts. The sophomore scattered six hits in his third start of the year, but most impressively went another outing without surrendering a walk. He now has 26 strikeouts on the season in 21 innings of work.
Fullerton did its best to knock Cassel (0-2) out in the first inning sending all nine starters to the plate, six of which reached by way of a hit. David Cooper, Brandon Tripp and Danny Dorn all had RBI-hits leading to the first inning's big blow by Evan McArthur. McArthur took a 1-2 Cassel offering deep, driving in both Dorn and John Curtis (on base on a fielder's choice) for a three-run shot giving Roemer and the Titans a 6-0 lead.
Cassel was credited with the loss going six innings, giving up nine runs (eight earned) on 11 hits, dropping to 0-2 on the year. The righty walked one and struck out two before handing off to Travis Rhymes in the seventh.
The Anteaters gave Roemer his toughest inning in the bottom of the third, collecting back-to-back-to-back hits setting up a pair of runs Irvine would eventually plate. Taylor Holiday had an RBI single, and Brock Bardeen had a scoring fly ball before Roemer struck out Zach Robinson to end UCI's threat.
The Anteaters got as close as four runs again in the eighth inning when Jaime Martinez came up with a pinch-hit moon shot with the bases loaded off of Cory Arbiso to bring the score to 11-7. Arbiso gave up five runs over just 1.2 innings, but all of them came with two out, after a Titan error was committed. Fullerton scored a season-high four miscues, with two in the seventh and eighth innings leading to five runs.
After waiting five games to get their first home run, the Titans blasted two (McArthur and Pill) round-trippers off Anteater pitching, accounting for five runs. Pill blasted his second of he year while McArthur's was his first of 2006.
Along with Pill and Hardman, David Cooper, Brandon Tripp and Blake Davis all collected multiple-hit games, with the three latter each grabbing two knocks apiece. Fullerton tallied a season-high 17 hits on the night.
McArthur drove in three and Davis drove in two adding to Pill's game-high five as the Titans tied their season-high run total with 13.
The two teams now head north to Fullerton to finish out the three-game set at Goodwin Field. Saturday night's game is slated for a 6 p.m. start while Sunday's matinee will begin at 1 p.m. Fullerton will send Lauren Gagnier (1-1) to the hill on Saturday night, with Jared Clark (0-0) to follow on Sunday, matching Scott Gorgen (2-0) and Glenn Swanson (1-1) respectively.