March 20, 2008
Fullerton, Calif. - Travis Kelly and Ryan Ackland tossed 2.1 scoreless innings to close out the game as Cal State Fullerton (10-8) held on for a 6-5 non-conference victory over UNLV (9-9) Thursday night at Goodwin Field.
Jeff Kaplan improved to 3-1 on the year with a gutsy effort on the mound tossing 120 pitches in 6.2 innings. The senior right-hander surrendered five runs on 11 hits in his sixth start of the year.
It was a see-saw battle the entire game, with UNLV out-hitting Fullerton 12-10 on the night. Khris Davis' pinch-hit, single in the bottom of the sixth, ended up being the difference, as he drove home Corey Jones from second with the Titans sixth and final run of the night.
UNLV starter Corey Hales suffered the loss, giving up all six Titan runs through 5.2 innings of work. Michael Goodman and Adam Moser issued just three hits over the final 2.1 innings in relief of Hales.
Fullerton scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, one on a throwing error by Hales, trying to get the lead runner on a Christian Colon sac-bunt at third. His throw said into left-field scoring Josh Fellhauer who doubled to lead off the inning. Colon later scored on a Jones groundout to second.
UNLV tied the game at two in the top of the second with back-to back RBIs by Braden Walker and Michael Brenly with one out. Kaplan then induced a 5-4-3 double play to get out of trouble.
Fullerton scratched back with a run in the bottom of the second, notching three-two out singles by Jeff Newman, Josh Fellhauer and Erik Komatsu, the latter driving in the run that put the Titans in front for good.
The Titans tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth increasing their lead to 5-2. Colon drew a two-out walk and then advanced to third on Komatsu's second single of the night. Both runners moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch by Hales, plating the fourth Titan run. After a walk to four-hitter Jared Clark, Jones delivered with his second RBI of the night, as he singled sharply up the middle scoring Komatsu.
A sacrifice fly by Xavier Scruggs in the fifth, and an RBI single by Bryan Resnick in the sixth, cut the Titan lead to 5-4.
After Jones singled for the second time on the night, UNLV lifted Hales for Goodman to face DH Jon Wilhite. The Titans countered with a pinch-hitter in Davis. Jones stole second with a 2-1 count, and had third base all but stolen when Davis belted the 3-1 Goodman offering to right to bring home the Titans' sixth run, edging out to a 6-4 lead.
Scruggs got the Rebels to within one again in the seventh with a towering home run off Kaplan, but that would be the end of the scoring for both teams. Kaplan was removed a batter later after he recorded the second out of the inning for Kelly who worked 1.1 scoreless innings.
Ryan Ackland inherited a runner at first in the ninth, and set the three hitters he faced down in order to collect his first career save.
Fullerton and UNLV will meet again on Friday night at 7 p.m. Daniel Renken will go for Fullerton while Thomas Whitsett will be on the mound for UNLV.
NOTES: Joel Weeks extended hit hitting streak to eight games with an eighth inning push-bunt single...Joe Scott made his first appearance of the year after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia suffered late in the Fall. The junior had not seen time on the field since 2007's last game in Omaha against UC Irvine.