March 28, 2012
Tempe, Ariz. - Austin Kingsolver and Richy Pedroza each had three hits to lead an 18-single assault as Cal State Fullerton snapped a 2-game losing and scoring streak with a 9-5 non-conference victory Wednesday night at Arizona State.
The No. 13-ranked Titans (15-9) scored in the first inning to snap a 19-inning scoreless streak and took the lead for good with a 3-run fourth. The 18 hits bested the previous season high of 15 at Florida on Feb. 19.
The No. 14-ranked Sun Devils got 11 hits and had the potential tying runs on base in the bottom of the eighth but fell to 16-9 in splitting the 2-game series.
Tyler Peitzmeier (1-0) got his first collegiate win after a 3.1 inning "staff" start, allowing only one run. Willie Kuhl allowed one run in the next 3.1 innings. Grahamm Wiest allowed a pair in the eighth before Michael Lorenzen came on to get his ninth save. He got the final out of the eighth with runners on first and third and the lead only 6-4. Blessed with a 9-4 lead in the ninth he allowed his first run of the season on a two-out RBI double by Abe Ruiz.
Fullerton got maximum value out of taking second base on ill-advised throws.
In the fourth inning, singles by Matt Chapman, J. D. Davis and Kingsolver produced a 2-1 lead and Kingsolver took second base when the throw from the outfield wasn't cut off. Chad Wallach's potential inning-ending double play grounder then became an RBI out and Pedroza took advantage of the extra out to single home Kingsolver.
And then in the top of the ninth, after singles by Lopez and Diemer, Chapman sacrificed and each runner took an extra base when closer Jake Barrett threw wildly to first. Lopez scored on the play and Diemer went to third, from where he could score on a wild pitch. Chapman then came home on Ivory Thomas' 2-out single.
ASU tied the game only once with three singles off Peitzmeier in the second to counter Lorenzen's RBI single in the top of the first. The Sun Devils made it 4-2 in the fifth on an RBI double by Andrew Aplin and then cut the lead to two runs again in the eighth. Joey DeMichele singled, Ruiz doubled and Trever Allen was hit by a Wiest pitch to load the bases with no outs. Wiest got James McDonald to hit into a run-scoring double play but then gave up an RBI single to Max Rossiter. Enter Lorenzen who walked the potential tying run on but then got Deven Marrero on a force-out grounder.
Fullerton opens Big West Conference play this weekend with games Friday at 7, Saturday at 6 and Sunday at 1 vs. Cal State Northridge.