March 4, 2012
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Fullerton, Calif. - Carlos Lopez had three hits and two RBI and Matt Orloff, Chad Wallach, Keegan Dale and Matt Chapman all chipped in a pair of hits as No. 20 Cal State Fullerton knocked off visiting Utah Valley, 11-3, to complete the three game sweep and finish the week perfect at 5-0.
Fullerton (8-3) has now won seven in a row and finishes its homestand 7-1. They will head to USC on Tuesday and then to Texas A&M for a weekend series next Friday through Sunday.
The Titans had just two hits through the first five innings before pounding out 12 over their final three at bats. The two hits through five were enough to get J.D. Davis (2-0) his second win of the year. Davis worked five strong scattering seven Wolverine hits, allowing just two unearned runs in the fourth. He and five other relievers held the Wolverines to three runs on nine hits and dropped them to 2-8 on the year.
Utah Valley starter Blake Krahenbuhl (1-2) suffered the loss despite holding the Titans to just one hit over four innings. Carlos Lopez drove home the Titans' first run in the third with a single to center driving home Michael Lorenzen aboard on an HBP. In the fifth, the right-hander walked the first two men he faced and was lifted for reliever Jeff Barto.
Barto threw the ball to first wildly after picking up a bunt by Lorenzen allowing Matt Chapman to score from third. Austin Kingsolver then scored as Richy Pedroza bounced into a double play to give the Titans the lead for good at 3-2.
Five hits and a walk in the sixth broke the game open as Fullerton scored five times off three Wolverine pitchers to make it 8-2. Dale and Chapman had RBI singles, Orloff tripled into the rightfield corner for an RBI, Carlos Lopez doubled the opposite way for a run and Kingsolver had a sacrifice fly to account for the runs.
Three more came across in the Titan seventh, all coming off Taylor Magnum. Replacement outfielder Austin Diemer picked up an RBI with a one-out infield single with the bases loaded. Pinch-hitter Greg Velazquez then delivered a two-run single to the left-center gap to make it 11-2.
Christian Coronado set down the six batters he faced in relief and Michael Lopez made his Titan debut and got out of the eighth with just one hit to Goose Kallunki. Phillip Jones made his collegiate debut in the ninth but loaded the bases with a single sandwiched between a pair of walks. Dave Birosak faced the lefthander Austin Heaps who grounded out but drove home a run, and Dimitri DeLaFuente faced the righthander Kallunki who popped out to end the game.