Romer Improves to 3-0 with 7-2 Victory over Bruins
Feb. 24, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - Freshman David Cooper singled home the game winning run in the top of the sixth inning, and extended his team-leading hitting streak to 10 games as No. 9 Cal State Fullerton took game one of a three-game non-conference series, 7-2, From UCLA Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Fullerton improves to 6-4 overall and 2-3 on the road, while UCLA falls to 5-7 and 3-6 at home.
Titan starting pitcher Wes Roemer (3-0) averaged 7.2 innings per start coming into Friday night's contest, and lived up to his billing going 8 innings picking up his third win of 2006. He retired 15 in a row between the third and eighth innings before a swinging bunt by Will Penniall snapped the streak. Roemer struck out just two increasing his season total to 28 without a walk while scattering seven hits. The righty went out for the ninth, but surrendered back-to-back hits to Hector Ambriz and Jermaine Curtis before being lifted for big southpaw John Estes.
Despite walking pinch-hitter Eddy Murray, Estes got the final three outs, the last two with a game-ending double play induced by a Cody Decker ground ball.
It was a tight ballgame with the Titans holding a narrow 3-2 lead before they rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh, knocking Bruin starter Ambriz from the game. Ambriz earned the loss dropping his record to 1-3. The righty faired well, allowing just three runs through six innings before the Titans scored their four in the seventh, three of which were unearned. Brett Pill and Justin Turner both had run-scoring singles after an error and a wild pitch plated another two. Turner extended his hitting streak to nine games with his team-leading 16th hit of the year.
Titan shortstop Blake Davis had two hits and scored three runs to lead the Titans, while Ambriz and Curtis each tacked on a pair of hits to lead the Bruins. Fullerton out-hit UCLA 8-7.
Estes extended his scoreless streak to 17.1 with his scoreless ninth and has surrendered just on hit and one walk in 6 innings of work in 2006.
UCLA's Brandon Crawford also extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a third inning single.
The two teams will continue their three-game series back in Fullerton Saturday and Sunday with the first pitches slated for 6 p.m. and 1 p.m. respectively form Goodwin Field. The Titans will send Santa Cruz native Lauren Gagnier to the hill on Saturday night, as he looks to improve his 2-1 record and 3.98 ERA, while the Bruins will counter with Dave Huff (1-1, 1.60 ERA), who is coming off a 15-strikeout performance against Pacific that included fanning the first nine Tigers he faced.