Feb. 19, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - UC Irvine salvaged a game of the three-game non-conference baseball series Sunday afternoon behind Zach Robinson's 2-for-3, 3-RBI performance as the Anteaters defeated No. 9 Cal State Fullerton, 7-4, at Goodwin Field.
With the loss, the Titans snap a five-game winning streak and fall to 5-4 on the season. UC Irvine evens its record at 5-5.
The Titans trailed from the very first pitch of the day as Taylor Holiday hit a lead off home run off of Titan starter Jared Clark (0-1) giving the Anteaters a quick 1-0 lead. But that wasn't all for Irvine as the Matt Morris (double), Brock Bardeen (walk) and Robinson (RBI-single) all reached base, handing Clark an early departure. Bardeen later scored on a squeeze bunt off of reliever Dustin Miller to extend Irvine's first-inning lead to 3-0.
Clark, whose longest outing in his three starts has been 3.1 innings, didn't record an out and earned his first loss of the season.
Glen Swanson improved to 2-1 on the year, pitching five solid innings allowing two runs on six hits while striking out a game-high six batters. His only trouble came in the top of the fourth inning as he issued a walk to designated hitter Bryan Harris, and a single to Danny Dorn then uncorking a wild pitch to advance the runners to second and third with nobody out. He settled down to strike out the next two hitters before Titan catcher John Curtis, in his first plate appearance of the afternoon, singled home Harris and Dorn to cut the Irvine lead to 5-2.
Fullerton's Dustin Miller tossed 5.2 innings in relief of Clark allowing a season-high four runs, three in the top half of the fourth. He also surrendered UCI's seventh and final run on a solo home run by right fielder Matt Morris over the left field wall. Miller struck out three and scattered six hits in his fourth appearance of the year.
Four Anteaters (Taylor, Morris, Robinson and Aaron Lowenstein) collected a pair of hits but Fullerton still managed to out-hit Irvine 11-10. Justin Turner and Curtis were the Titans leaders with two hits apiece.
Curtis, a mid-game replacement for Cory Vanderhook behind the plate, tied Irvine's Robinson for the game-high in RBI with 3, upping his average to .300 and joined two other Titans for the team lead in RBI with eight.
Fullerton looks to another non-conference series next weekend versus UCLA, but will first play an exhibition against Japan's Waseda University on Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. The weekend series will be another split series, with the first game to be played at Jackie Robinson Field at 6 p.m., with the two teams heading to Fullerton for the final two ball games. Saturday night's game will begin at 6 p.m. with Sunday's affair to be held at 1 p.m. at Goodwin Field.
Titan Notes: True freshman David Cooper had a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning to improve to an .800 average (4-for-5) off the bench, extending his hitting streak to nine games... John Estes tossed 1.1 scoreless innings Sunday extending his streak to 16.1 innings without allowing a run from the bullpen. He hasn't allowed a run since his first outing last season...Titan reliever Ryan Paul was used for just one batter for the third-straight time, inducing a groundball to second base. Paul has made three appearances, good for just .2 of an inning.