April 1, 2007
Northrige, Calif. - No. 13 Cal State Fullerton needed all five runs they scored in the top of the ninth as it held on to a 7-6 Big West Conference win over Cal State Northridge Sunday afternoon at Matador Field.
The Titans improved to 18-10 overall and 3-0 in conference play, and extend their streak to 14 straight wins over the Matadors. Northridge falls to 12-19, 0-3 and is tagged with its eleventh loss in its last 12 games.
Adam Jorgenson (2-0), a reliever for starter Sean Urena, picked up his second win of the season, with 4 2/3 innings out of the bullpen and Dustin Birosak earned his first collegiate save retiring the last batter of the game on a groundout to short.
Northridge starter Edwin Quirarte (2-4) was being rewarded for holding the Titans to just two runs over eight innings of work, and was allowed to return to the hill for his ninth inning of work in hopes of his second-career complete game. With a 3-2 lead, the righty was unpleasantly greeted by first baseman Matt Wallach's first-pitch home run, a towering shot over the right field wall, that tied the game at 3-3. It was Wallach's first-career home run.
Quirarte stay on, and designated hitter Khris Davis followed with a single up the middle and was immediately sacrificed to second by Josh Fellhauer to put the go-ahead run in scoring position. Bryan Harris, a late Titan defensive replacement, came up with a two-out, RBI-single through the left side, bringing Davis around and giving the Titans the 4-3 lead. An intentional to walk later to Clark Hardman, Evan McArthur hit the ball hard to third baseman Alex Bardeguez who air mailed it to first, allowing both Harris and Hardman to wheel around with a pair of insurance runs. John Curtis provided another, with a single to right, capping the five-run Titan rally.
Jorgenson, who faced just one over the minimum for 4 1/3 allowed two consecutive singles to Amiel Traynum and Bardequez with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Jorgenson was replaced by Justin Klipp who allowed three singles and a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 7-6. Birosak relieved Klipp, who's scoreless streak of 8 1/3 consecutive innings was snapped, and got the final out of the game.
The Titans trailed for most of the game, as three unearned Matador runs in the bottom of the fourth off Sean Urena, snapped a scoreless tie and gave the Matadors a 3-0 lead. Jason Dabbs was the fourth inning hero with a three-run double after what proved to be a costly error by Joe Scott to extend the inning.
The Titans finally got on the board in the fifth inning thanks to a Traynum miscue in centerfield that allowed Davis to speed around the bases to third. After the three-base error, Fellhauer chopped a ball to first, to bring home the only Titan run that scored through the first seven innings. John Curtis provided the Titans second run in the eighth, with an RBI double down the left field line to drive home McArthur, and inch the Titans within a run at 3-2.
With the wins over Northridge on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Cal State Fullerton collects it second seep of the season, and first since the 2007 opening series against Stanford at home.
Cal State Fullerton will return to action Thursday, Friday, and Saturday against Big West Conference foe UC Irvine at Goodwin Field. Game times will be 7 p.m. (Fri.), 7 p.m (Sat.) and 1 p.m. (Sun.).
NOTES: Cal State Fullerton played Sunday's game under protest after an interference call by umpire Dwayne Finley resulted in a double play rather than a Titan run...Northridge's second baseman Jonathan Sakauri was ejected on that same call after a confrontation with runner Clark Hardman at second base...Horton later withdrew the protest with the Titans come-from-behind win... Northridge's Saturday starting pitcher Joe Rocchio was ejected following the last out (a close play at first) of Sunday's game, and will result in a one-game suspension for being tossed after the last out of the game... Coach Horton exchanged his annual April Fools line-up with Cal State Northridge Head Coach and former Titan Steve Rousey Sunday afternoon and it looked something like this:
No. Player Pos.
11 - Reed Johnson, LF
1 - Tom Thomas, CF
21 - Phil Nevin, 3B
29 - Tim Wallach, 1B
7 - Mark Kotsay, RF
14 - Bob Caffrey, DH
3 - Kurt Suzuki, C
3 - Jose Mota, 2B
2 - Justin Turner, SS
19 - Dave Weatherman, RHP