Titans Wait Out Mother Nature, Win 6-5 in 11
March 11, 2012
College Station, Tex. - Austin Kingsolver's seeing-eye single drove home Anthony Trajano for the game-winner in the top of the eleventh and Michael Lorenzen struck out two in a 1-2-3 bottom half as No. 19 Cal State Fullerton (9-5) upended No. 6 Texas A&M (13-2), 6-5, in a resumption of Saturday's suspended contest at Olsen Field.
After a 20-hour, 58-minute rain delay, the two teams finally got the ball game completed Sunday afternoon, evening the three-game series at one win apiece. Trajano doubled with an out in the 11th off losing pitcher Daniel Mengden (0-1) and scored on Kingsolver's chopper that just got through the middle infield.
Willie Kuhl (1-1) picked up the win, going a scoreless 1.1 innings and Lorenzen logged his fifth save of the year with a perfect 11th inning.
The Aggies had the winning run on third base in the bottom of the ninth but huge strikeouts from Titan relievers Tyler Peitzmeier and Kuhl sent the game to extra innings and into an extended rain delay.
After the bottom of the second started with Jacob house reaching on catcher's interference charged to Casey Watkins, a Mitchell Nau single and a Troy Stein sacrifice set the table for Kray Bratson's two-run triple off Titan starter Kenny Mathews (7.1 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 K). A batter later, Scott Arthur quickly made it 3-0 with a run-scoring grounder to second.
Fullerton seemed to have scratched together a run in the top of the third, but it was ruled that Austin Kingsolver (aboard on a single) left early when he tried to score on Derek Legg's fly ball to right. Instead the play ended the Titans' third inning.
Fullerton put two runs on the board in the fifth thanks to back-to-back doubles by Lorenzen and Carlos Lopez. Lopez drove home Lorenzen and then moved to third on a sac-bunt and scored on Richy Pedroza's sharp grounder to second.
A safety squeeze by Tyler Naquin in the fifth extended the Aggie lead to 4-2 with Mathews opting for the out instead of making a play at the plate on the bunt.
Legg reached on a push bunt and was followed by Lorenzen who singled up the middle to open up sixth inning. Lopez sacrificed both men up 90 feet and Matt Chapman struck out to get to Pedroza. The third baseman singled down the left field line to drive home two runs and went to second on the throw to the plate. When Scott Arthur's throw went to the backstop, Pedroza headed to third and when Troy Stein's thrown went wild at third Pedroza finished the trip around the bases to score the go-ahead run and make it 5-4.
Jacob House's one-out double in the bottom of the eighth tied the game at 5-5. Matt Juengel singled and went to second when Matthew's pick-off throw went wide of first. Matthews had Juengel picked off, but Lopez at first was unable to pull it in. House lined the next pitch just inside the third base line and drove home Juengel to tie it up at 5-5.
The game three of the series began shortly after the completion of this game.