March 19, 2006
Tucson, Ariz. - Justin Turner's second home run of the series tied the ballgame and his RBI double in the top of the ninth proved to be the game-winner as No. 7 Cal State Fullerton swept Arizona with a 5-3 win Sunday afternoon at blustery Jerry Kindall Field.
The start of the game was delayed 51 minutes and was then again held up in the sixth with a rain/hail storm delaying the game another 24 minutes, but the Titans persevered the elements to improve to 17-6. Fullerton has now won eight in a row and 17 of their last 20. Arizona dropped their sixth game in a row and fell to 10-12 on the season.
It was the Dustin Miller show from the mound Sunday afternoon as he tossed a commanding eight innings, a season-high, fanning five Wildcats without a free pass. The senior cruised throughout the day surrendering just three hits and retiring 14 in a row between the second and sixth innings. Miller improved to 5-1 on the season joining Wes Roemer and Lauren Gagnier as five-game winners.
Arizona struck first in the second inning off of Miller as catcher Konrad Schmidt led off the frame with a double to the left field gap then moving over to third on a ground ball to Justin Turner. David Plante then stepped in and lifted a ball deep enough to left to score Schmidt form third to give AU a 1-0 lead.
Fullerton tallied five consecutive singles with two outs in the fourth inning to forge ahead 2-1. Both Brandon Tripp's and Evan McArthur's were the ones that counted, as they each drove in a runner from second.
Miller's only speed bump came in the bottom of the sixth, after the rain delay, Brad Boyer singled to right-center to lead off the inning. Jason Donald then stepped in and worked the count full before blasting a two run home run to left giving the Wildcats a 3-2 lead.
Arizona starting pitcher Brad Mills did a fine job holding the Titan offense to just two runs on six hits over six full innings, but it was reliever David Coulon who allowed the Titans to finish the three-game sweep.
Turner greeted Coulon with a game-tying solo blast over the center field wall to tie the game at three. It was just the sixth round-tripper of Turner's four-year career.
The game ended the Titan way, as leadoff hitter Evan McArthur singled to center and was sacrificed over to third by Clark Hardman setting up Turner's game-winner. Arizona brought in Mike Colla instead of All-American Mark Melancon and the Titan second baseman launched his double to the left-center field gap.
Turner later scored, giving the Titans an insurance run on Blake Davis' ninth inning single that extended his hitting streak to 14-games.
Ryan Paul faced one batter in the bottom of the ninth and struck him out, before skipper George Horton brought in closer Vinnie Pestano to retire the final two hitters. Pestano struck out Bill Reinhardt for the final out of the game securing his eighth save of the season.
The Titans completed their fourth sweep of the season and captured their fifth series victory over the weekend and now look to a mid-week match-up with Pepperdin one Tuesday evening at Goodwin Field.