Hardman, Urena Propel Titans to Series Win
Feb. 25, 2007
Los Angeles, Calif. - Clark Hardman drove in four runs and Sean Urena picked up his second-consecutive win as No. 10 Cal State Fullerton upended No. 15 UCLA, 7-2, Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Titans captured their 15th consecutive series with the win and improve to 9-4 on the year while UCLA falls even at 7-7 with the loss.
Urena (2-0) tossed 7 2/3 innings, scattering six hits, all of which came after the fourth inning. The freshman faced just two Bruins over the minimum for the first four innings, issuing walks to Brandon Crawford in the first inning and Justin Uribe in the second. Uribe broke up Urena's no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the fifth inning, then was promptly picked off first.
The Titans again struck first as Hardman drove in the first of his four RBI, scoring Chris Jones also aboard on a single off starter Gavin Brooks (1-1) in the third inning. The Titans then struck three more times, with two of the runs courtesy of Hardman's second hit of the afternoon in the fifth. Two batters later John Curtis extended his hitting streak to 16 games with an RBI-single to right, knocking Brooks from the game trailing 4-0. Brooks lasted just 4 2/3 while striking out three.
Urena worked out of a one-out bases-loaded jam to preserve the shutout in the seventh inning, but lost it an inning later with a pair of doubles by Crawford and centerfielder Tim Murphy, whose two-bagger to center prompted the Titan pitching change. Nolan Bruyninckx came on in relief of Urena and surrendered a two-out infield hit to the first hitter he faced. Casey Haerther then came up and grounded to Joel Weeks at second for the would-be third out, but Weeks misplayed the ball allowing Murphy to score the Bruins' second run.
Fullerton added three more runs in the last two innings, on a pair of sac-flies by Hardman and Jones and an RBI single by Bryan Harris off UCLA relievers Garrett Claypool and Brandt Rustich.
Jones and Hardman finished the day with two hits apiece to lead the Titans while Uribe posted a two-hit game for the Bruins.
The Titans return to action Tuesday night at home at 6 p.m. as San Diego State sets off the first of a four-game homestand that will conclude with Rice visiting Goodwin Field Friday, Saturday and Sunday.