April 2, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - No. 2 Cal State Fullerton pounded out a season-high 19 hits, five by third baseman Evan McArthur, as they completed a Big West Conference sweep over Cal State Northridge, 14-2, Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Field.
Fullerton, having won seven of their eight weekend series including six series sweeps, improve to 24-7 overall and a perfect 3-0 in conference play. With Sunday's victory, the team has won 15 of its last 16 games, and now seven in a row. Northridge fell to 15-17overall and 0-3 in the Big West.
A wild pitch by Northridge starter Jimmy Brettl (3-2) way back in the bottom of the third, proved to be the difference as Fullerton went up 2-1 when Justin Turner crossed the plate with one out in the frame. Brettl lasted 4 1/3 innings surrendering five Titan runs (four earned) on eights hits while striking out two, earning his second loss of the campaign.
Fullerton would go on to score twelve more times, plating four runs in the fifth, two each in the sixth and seventh, and four more in the eight, scoring two-or-more runs off each of the four arms CSUN would trot to the mound.
McArthur had the biggest day by far, picking up three singles, a triple and a two-run homer in the middle of the four-run eighth inning. The third baseman's five hits set a career-high for a single game, while the four he drove in tied his career-high in RBI.
Five Titan hurler's saw time on the hill holding the Matadors to just nine hits on the day. Justin Klipp started and went the first three, surrendering a lone run in the top of the third when Jonathan Sakurai extended his 15-game hitting streak with an RBI single to right. Klipp struck out three without allowing a walk.
John Estes, on in relief of Klipp pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit to third baseman Todd Shelton, who he later picked off first. THe southpaw earned his first victory of 2006, improving to 1-1.
Bryan Harris lasted just 1/3 of an inning, facing three batters in the top of the sixth, before handing the ball to Ryan Paul who got the final two outs of the inning. Harris gave up a double and an RBI-single to Brett Blumenthal before Horton went to the tall lefty, Paul.
Paul and Vinnine Pestano tossed the final 3 2/3, allowing just three hits and struck out four continuing their one-two punch out of the bullpen that has seen then give up a combined 2 earned runs in 36 2/3 innings.. Paul lowered his ERA to 0.71 on the season, while Pestano dropped his to 0.38.
The Titans will now head south this week to face San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium on Tuesday (weather permitting) and UC Irvine at Anteater Ballpark for week two of Big West Conference play.
NOTES: Freshman David Cooper broke out of a 0-for-22 slump with a eighth-inning, pinch-hit, RBI-single to center. The lefty is now 5-for-7 (.714) off the bench this season...Dustin Garneau, reserve catcher, got his second at bat of his career, succeeding again with an RBI-single to center. Garneau is 2-for-2 in four games with the Titans...On the series, McArthur was 10-for-17 (.588) with two doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBI...