March 22, 2008
Fullerton, Calif. - Cory Arbiso pitched a career-high 8 1/3 innings and struck out two to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 4-3 Saturday afternoon victory over visiting UNLV to complete the weekend series sweep.
Fullerton improves its record to 12-8 on the year with the one-run win, while UNLV drops its fourth in a row and dips to 9-11 on the year.
It was all Arbiso (3-2) after a shaky second inning as he faced just four over the minimum over the final seven frames, while retiring the side in order five times to earn his third straight win.
Arbiso trotted out for the ninth inning, but gave up a hit and hit a batter before being replaced by Adam Jorgenson who recorded his second save in as many days.
Fullerton jumped out to a 3-0 lead quickly as the first four Titans reached safely off Rebel starter Steve Rinuado. After a Josh Fellhauer walk and a Christian Colon single to right, Erik Komatsu doubled to the wall in right, plating the first Titan run of the afternoon. Jared Clark walked to load the bases and back-to-back groundouts by Jon Wilhite and Gary Brown capped the scoring in the frame.
UNLV punched back in the top of the second off Arbiso, scoring three of its own, two courtesy of Braden Walker's second home run of the year. Two outs later with runners at the corners, J.J. Sferra tied the game with a single by a diving Gary Brown at second.
After the UNLV rally, Arbiso settled down to face just one over the minimum through the next five innings. He finished the day allowing three runs on eight hits without walking a batter.
Rinaudo worked into the fourth and surrendered a leadoff walk to Wilhite, and hit Joel Weeks in the foot before being lifted for Matt Hutchison out of the Rebel bullpen. Hitchison quickly recorded the second out of the inning, but then walked back-to-back Titans (Jeff Newman and Fellhauer), with Fellhauer's bringing home the eventual winning run. The Titan run was charged to Rinaudo who picked up the loss. He falls to 0-2 on the year.
Erik Komatsu led the Titans with a pair of hits on the afternoon. UNLV's Jessie Wight and Ryan Thornton both match Komatsu with two hits apiece as well.
Fullerton will travel south on Tuesday Mar. 25 to face San Diego at Cunningham Stadium. Travis Kelly will get the call on the bump making his first career start. Fullerton will return home on Friday March 28 to open up Big West Conference play against UC Riverside in a three-game set. Jeff Kaplan, Daniel Renken and Cory Arbiso will throw for Fullerton Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.