March 1, 2008
Palo Alto, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton (3-3) scored five times in the top of the seventh, but Stanford (5-2) held off the late rally to beat the Titans 11-7 Saturday afternoon in a non-conference college baseball game at Sunken Diamond.
The Cardinal's first five hits of the game were doubles off of Titan starter Cory Arbiso, plating three runs in the bottom of the first. Arbiso (0-2) worked into the bottom of the fifth inning, but was lifted for Jason Dovel after surrendering his eighth and ninth singles of the game to lead off the frame.
Arbiso, Dovel and Morrison each worked a part of the Cardinal four-run fifth, that concluded with Stanford walking away with a commanding 8-2 lead.
Stanford starter Erik Daivs (1-1) picked up his first win of the year, tossing 5.1 innings, while surrendering two unearned runs on four hits.
Stanford extended to a 9-2 lead with an unearned run in the sixth inning before Cal State Fullerton erupted for five runs in the top of the seventh.
Reliever David Stringer hit the first two batters of the seventh, then walked Jared Clark to load the bases. Stringer was replaced by Alex Pracher who induced a fielder's choice driving home the Titans third run of the game.
Pracher hit the next batter Gary Brown, then surrendered two hits (Joel Weeks and Jeff Newman) and a scoring groundout by Khris Davis. Newman's single scored two and pulled the Titans within two at 9-7.
Morrison came out for the bottom of the seventh and retired the Cardinal 1-2-3, striking out Zach Jones and Jeff Whitlow looking.
Stanford added a pair of insurance runs off Brian Wilson in the bottom of the eighth as Sean Ratliff blasted a home run to right center giving the Cardinal the 11-7 lead.
Daren Storen, who threw the final 2.1 innings, surrendering just a ninth inning single to Corey Jones for his first save of the year.
Four Cardinal finished with two RBI, while Newman's two for Fullerton tied for the game lead. Newman and Weeks had two hits apiece for the Titans, while Stanford's John Castro set a career-high with the four hits, to lead all players.
The two teams will wrap up their three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.
NOTES: Fullerton's 2-4 hitters are hitting just .173 with 3 RBI on the weekend... Josh Fellhauer (.375) and Christian Colon (.429) are leading all Titans with three hits on the series. The Titans are hitting just .235 as a team...the Titans have lost the last nine games at Sunken Diamond, and have not won a series in Palo Alto since 1994.