Matadors Get a Big Inning to Win, 5-1
April 1, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. - A four-run third inning capped by a two-run home run by Miles Williams lifted Cal State Northridge (12-15, 1-2) to a 5-1 upset of No. 13 Cal State Fullerton (17-10, 2-1) Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Field.
The Titans scattered nine hits off winning pitcher Jerry Keel (2-1) who hurled his first complete game of the year. Grahamm Wiest (1-3) matched Keel with a complete-game nine-hitter, but the speed bump in the third was too costly.
Fullerton produced its only run in the first inning on a walk by Richy Pedroza, a sacrifice by Anthony Trajano and an RBI-single to center by Michael Lorenzen which extended his hitting streak to eight games. After that Keel settled in and scattered eight hits, three of which came in the Titans' fifth inning without a runner getting past second base. The lefty struck out three and walked two.
Matthew Moreno got things started for Northridge in the third inning off Wiest with a one-out single to left. He moved to second on a groundout and then scored when Cal Vogelsang singled to left to tie it at 1-1. Adam Barry's double into the left field corner scored Volgelsang to put the Matadors' in the lead for good. Williams hit Wiest's first offering off the bottom of the scoreboard in left field to make it a 4-1 game.
Wiest had to get five outs in the sixth inning which produced an unearned run. Marty Bowen was Wiest's fourth strikeout victim of the day but reached when the ball kicked away from Catcher Chad Wallach. After a sacrifice bunt and another strikeout, Wiest got Kyle Attle to pop out but miscommunication between Carlos Lopez and Pedroza on the right side of the infield allowed the ball to drop untouched, scoring the fifth and final run. Wiest finished off the inning with his sixth and final strikeout of the afternoon. He didn't allow a walk.
The Titans travel to San Diego State on Tuesday before returning home to take on UC Davis in more Big West action next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Goodwin Field.