Fort Worth, TX - TCU's Steven Maxwell held Cal State Fullerton to just four hits as the Horned Frogs evened the weekend series with a 4-2 non-conference baseball victory Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium.
Both Fullerton and TCU leveled their season records at 1-1, while the Frogs picked up their first win over the Titans in their sixth chance dating back to 1987.
Maxwell (1-0), cruised along, needing just 85 pitches over seven innings of work to notch his first win of the year. The right-hander faced just three Titans over the minimum through five innings, scattering three singles to Joel Weeks, Corey Jones and Chris Jones.
Titan starter Corey Arbiso (0-1) set career highs in innings pitched (6.0) and strikeouts (4), but was the unfortunate benefactor of a pair of Titan miscues. Arbiso allowed four runs on the day, three of them unearned.
A Weeks fielding error off the bat of leadoff hitter Clint Arnold opened the door to two first-inning runs for TCU. First baseman Matt Vern drove in one, then Arbiso later uncorked a wild pitch to allow Vern to score the second run.
Later, in the bottom of the fifth, after a pair of hits, a pass ball by Dustin Garneau and a sacrifice fly by TCU third baseman Matt Carpenter brought home two more runs to give the Frogs a commanding 4-0 lead after five.
With two out in the sixth, Khris Davis was plunked for the third time in the series and then stole second with Erik Komatsu at the plate. Komatsu promptly delivered the only offensive spark of the afternoon, a two-run home run down the right field line off Maxwell to cut the Horned Frog's lead to 4-2. It was Komatsu's second home run and sixth and seventh RBIs of the series and was the only semblance of a rally the Titans would muster.
Tyler Lockwood and Andrew Cashner each set the Titans down in order in their inning of work, with the latter picking up his first save of the year. In all, Maxwell, Lockwoos and Cahsner set down the last 10 Titans in order following Komasu's blast.
Fullerton freshman reliever Daniel Renken made his debut on the mound, finishing up for Arbiso, striking out four of the nine batters he faced. The right-hander allowed a pair of singles and an intentional walk in his two innings of work.
The rubber game of the three-game set is scheduled for a 1 p.m. CT first pitch (11 a.m. PT). Adam Jorgenson will make the start for Fullerton while TCU will counter with Greg Holle.
NOTES: All 13 of Fullerton's runs have come with two outs...Fullerton got seven of nine leadoff men aboard, three of them scoring runs in Friday night's 11-5 win. Saturday, the Titans could not find a way to get any of their leadoff hitters aboard.