Feb. 18, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Lauren Gagnier tossed a career-high 7.2 innings and struck out a career-high seven as Cal State Fullerton beat UC Irvine, 5-2, in a non-conference game at Goodwin Field Saturday night.
The Titans extended their winning streak to five games and improved their record to 5-3 on the year. The Anteaters fell to 4-5.
Gagnier (2-1) retired 15 out of 16 Anteaters between the third and seventh innings and surrendered just four hits, earning his second win of the year. His only real roadblock came in the second inning. After he hit Cody Cipriani and walked Josh Tavelli, he allowed a bases-clearing double to catcher Jeff Werhun to tie the game at 2-2. The righty held the Irvine one through six hitters to just 1-for-21.
Fullerton, for the second night in a row, got to the Irvine starter early, scoring a pair of runs in both the first and second innings and adding a fifth run in the third. Scott Gorgen went on to throw seven innings, striking out two, but allowed five free passes and seven hits, to get his first loss of the year. The Titans' first two runs came on two Gorgen bases-loaded walks to Danny Dorn and John Curtis.
Titan designated hitter David Cooper prolonged his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI-single in the second inning, extending the Titan lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the second inning.
Neither team scored a run after Justin Turner's third inning RBI-double to drive in Blake Davis who scored all the way from first base after a single. Turner's hit also extended his hitting streak to seven games and he led all players with two hits.
Fullerton wins its second series of the season and looks to capture its second straight sweep with a victory Sunday afternoon. The two teams will complete the first of two weekend-series tomorrow at 1 p.m. Jared Clark (0-0, 10.80 ERA) will be on the hill for Fullerton with Irvine countering with Glenn Swanson (1-1, 2.00 ERA)