Feb. 28, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Junior transfer Kyle Witten (1-0), behind a three-run Titan first inning, worked into the eighth inning and struck out five to notch his first collegiate win as No. 7 Cal State Fullerton knocked off No. 14 Stanford, 3-2, Saturday night at Goodwin Field.
With the win, the Titans clinch the series victory and improve to 4-2 on the year. Stanford falls to 2-4.
A bases loaded walk by Khris Davis, an RBI-single by Joey Siddons, and a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Tony Harkey in the bottom of the first was enough for the Titans to hand Stanford starter Brett Mooneyham (0-1) his first loss of the year. The three first-inning runs for Fullerton held up as Witten, Kyle Mertins and Michael Morrison kept the Cardinal at bay from the mound.
Witten, coming off a 4.1-inning no-decision against TCU last weekend, certainly found his groove against the Cardinal, allowing just two hits through seven innings and facing two batters over the minimum. The right-hander from Bakersfield came out to get two quick outs in the top of the eighth and then served up a single to Ben Clowe just by a diving Christian Colon at short and a line drive double off the right field wall to Kellen Kiilsgaard.
The Titans went to the bullpen and brought in Mertins with two outs in the eighth, who was greeted with a two-run single by Zach Jones to cut the Titan lead to 3-2. But Morrison looked good in the closing role for the second time in a row and mowed down two Cardinal on strikes in the ninth to notch his second save of the year.
Witten did not allow a runner to second base until the eighth and finished with just 83 pitches on the night. He finished the night going 7.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits with five strikeouts.
Both squads finished the night with five hits with no one Titan or Cardinal picking up more than one knock.
The series finale will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday with Titan freshman Tyler Pill (0-0, 10.80 ERA) making his second start of the year for Fullerton. Stanford will counter with Max Fearnow (0-0, 6.75 ERA)