Wildcats Pounce Early, Beat Titans, 10-1
March 7, 2010
Tucson, Ariz. - The University of Arizona scored in each of the first five innings as they beat Cal State Fullerton handily, 10-1, Sunday afternoon at Kindall Field.
The Titans, still unable to string more than one consecutive win together, drops to 4-6 on the year, and win just one game on the weekend for the third straight time. Arizona, improves to 6-4.
Kevin Rath, making his second "staff day" start of the week, suffered the loss on Sunday after just two innings of work. The lefty allowed four runs on three hits, and issued two walks and hit a batter. Daniel Workman (1-0) notched his first victory of 2010 allowing just one unearned run over six innings. He scattered seven Titan hits and struck out two.
For the eighth time in 10 games, the Titans' opponent scored first. A bases-loaded walk issued by Rath brought home the first Wildcat run, an error by second baseman Joey Siddons allow run No. 2 to score, and a sacrifice fly by Arizona's Seth Mejias-Brean capped the Wildcats' three-run first.
Rafeal Valenzuela homered off Rath in the second to increase the Wildcat lead to 4-0.
Arizona scored five more times in the third and fourth innings off Titan relievers Dylan Floro and David Hurlbut. Mejias-Brean drove in his second and third RBI of the game with a single to center off Floro in the third, driving in Steve Selsky and Bobby Brown who also singled.
In the fourth, Floro allowed singles to Bryce Ortega and Joey Rickard to lead off the frame, and was lifted for Hurlbut. Hurlbut walked Valenzuela to load the bases and then uncorked a wild pitch, scoring Ortega for Arizona's seventh unanswered run. After a strikeout by Hurlbut, Selsky singled to tack on one more. Hulrbut walked Brown to load the bases again, and was lifted for the fourth Titan pitcher, Colin O'Connell.
O'Connell got two fly-ball outs to end the inning, but not before Robert Refsnyder's sac-fly scored the Wildcat's ninth run of the afternoon.
The Titans scored their only run of the game in the top of the fifth. Billy Marcoe, who extended his hitting streak to eight games on Sunday, singled to lead off the inning against Workman. He advanced to third when Tyler Pill reached on an error and then scored on Anthony Hutting's ground out.
Arizona regained their nine-run lead when they scored in their half of the fifth. Ortega doubled off O'Connell with one out, and then scored on Valenzuela's single to right.
Vincent Littleman and Stephen Manthei combined for three scoreless innings in relief of workman. Littleman gave up only two singles to Christian Colon and Gary Brown in the eighth. Colon's single to left was just his second hit in his last 19 at bats, Brown's infield single to short, was his third hit of the day. Brown has hit in all 10 games this season.
Derrick Dingeman pitched a perfect seventh and eighth innings for Fullerton.
Rickard, Valenzuela, Selsky and Ortega had two hits apiece for Arizona which tallied nine on the day. Mejias-Brean drove in three to lead all players.
Brown was the only Titans with multiple hits on Sunday.
The Titans will travel home for a Tuesday night exhibition against Japan's Waseda University before they head to San Diego to participate in next weekend's San Diego State Tournament featuring San Diego State, San Diego, Fresno State and Alabama-Birmingham.
NOTES: Gary Borwn finished the week by going 12-for-19 (.632) with four straight three-hit games. He also drove in six and was 3-for-3 in stolen base opportunities in the No. 2 spot in the lineup.