March 11, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, TX - Anthony Hutting's pinch-hit ground out with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning broke a 3-3 tie and lifted No. 19 Cal State Fullerton to a 4-3 non-conference road series win over No. 6 Texas A&M Sunday afternoon at Olsen Stadium.
The Titans (10-5) got a strong relief effort from righthander Grahamm Wiest (1-1) who worked four, two-hit innings behind starter J.D. Davis. Wiest struck out five in his first appearance since opening weekend (Feb. 18) at Florida. Michael Lorenzen picked up his sixth save of the year and second save of the afternoon with a pair of strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth. Fullerton won the pick up of Saturday's suspended game prior to Sunday's regularly scheduled contest.
The Aggies (13-3) lost their first series of the year. It marked the second straight series win over a ranked opponent for Fullerton.
Kyle Martin (0-1) took the loss by giving up the run in the ninth. He allowed hits to Matt Chapman and Richy Pedroza before intentionally walking Anthony Trajano to set up the force at any base situation for the pinch hitter Hutting.
For the second straight game, the Titans spotted the Aggies a three-run lead in the second inning. Davis allowed the runs on three hits and a walk. Chance Bolcerek singled home a run and Chase Statum and Troy Stein had run scoring groundouts in the inning.
The Titans rallied for three run in the the top of the fourth. Derek Legg's one-out push bunt got things started. He advanced to second on the play as Aggie starter Rafael Pineda threw the ball to first base on the bunt with no one there. Lorenzen doubled and then scored on Chapman's game-tying, two-run homer to left. It was Chapman's first of the year, and just the second of the year for Fullerton.
Legg and Chapman had two hits for Fullerton, Juengel and Stein each had a pair for Texas A&M.