Titans De-claw the Lions, 8-4
March 29, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - Justin Turner had three hits and three RBI to lead No. 2 Cal State Fullerton to an 8-4 non-conference victory over Loyola Marymount in a make-up of Tuessday's rainout at George C. Page Stadium.
Fullerton, winners of 12 of its last 13 improved to 21-7 on the year while the LMU falls nine games below .500 at 11-20.
It was "staff day" on Wednesday afternoon as a combined eleven feet toed the rubber, six by the Titans and five by the Lions. Bryan Harris (1-2), the third pitcher on for the Titans, pitched most effectively to earn his first win, tossing 1 2/3 of scoreless ball, fanning a pair.
Lion Starter Roberto Torres got hit for four runs on five hits within the first 1 1/3 innings of the game, forcing an early departure for the righty. Torres fell to 0-4 on the season, jumping his ERA to 6.75.
John Curtis, Brandon Tripp, Evan McArthur and Joe Scott, Fullerton's six through nine hitters were a combined 10-for-20 with McArthur's two doubles and a single leading the way. Fullerton Tied a season-high in hits with 17 while the Lions countered with 12 in both team's final contest before conference play begins Friday.
Fullerton posted four runs in the top of the second inning after the Lions plated a run in the bottom of the first. Both Scott and Turner had two-run singles in an inning that the Titans sent nine men to the plate, and saw Torres lifted for Esquibel Ruvalcaba.
The Lions followed with lone run in the third off Titan starter Cory Arbiso, as Eric Farris singled home Chris Pettit who doubled two batters earlier to bring the Lions within two at 4-2.
The momentum would shift back into the Titan's favor as they would score three more times in the fourth inning, capped by a Brett Pill one-out, two-run RBI increasing the CSF lead to 7-2. McArthur, Scott and Turner would collect consecutive hits and Clark Hardman would sacrifice the latter two into scoring position to set up Pill's at bat.
Titan southpaw Dave Pherrin would give up a pair of runs over the next two innings, including a solo home run to Kyle Mura in the bottom of the fourth and that would be all for the Lion's. John Estes, Justin Klipp and Ryan Paul would toss three scoreless innings allowing just three LMU hits to close out the game.
The Titans would score an insurance run in the top of the fifth as McArthur Doubled home Curtis who had singled to lead off the frame.
The Titans' will host Cal State Northridge in a three-game conference-opening series at Goodwin Field starting Friday night. Wes Roemer, Lauren Gagnier and Dustin Miller will be on the hill, Friday (7 p.m.), Saturday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.), respectively for the Titans.