Williamson's Pinch Hit Wins Opener
April 5, 2012
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Fullerton, Calif. - Clay Williamson's 2-run pinch-hit single in the eighth inning and the arm and bat of Michael Lorenzen carried Cal State Fullerton to a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over UC Davis Thursday night in the opening game of a Big West Conference series.
The No. 14-ranked Titans (19-10, 4-1) beat the Aggies (11-14, 0-1) for the 11th time in a row and 20th in 22 all-time meetings by overcoming a 4-2 deficit with a 3-run eighth. Dylan Floro (5-2) went the first 8 innings for the win and Lorenzen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save in 11 opportunities.
Reliever Harry Stanwyck (1-3) took the loss after the Titans chased unbeaten starter Dayne Quist. Lorenzen started the winning rally with a leadoff double to right off Quist. Ivory Thomas' one-out single scored Lorenzen and brought on Stanwyck. A pinch-hit single by Anthony Hutting and a walk to Matt Chapman loaded the bases. Freshman Williamson smacked a grounder up the middle to score Thomas and pinch-runner Austin Diemer.
Davis had broken a 2-2 tie with two unearned runs in the top of the eighth. John Williams led off with a single and was safe at second when Floro threw wildly after fielding a 2-strike bunt by Evan Heptig. Tino Lipson then bunted and second baseman Pedroza let third baseman Chapman's throw to first to go astray, allowing each runner to advance 90 feet and give Davis a 3-2 lead. David Popkins, who tied the game with a solo homer in the sixth, then hit a fly ball to centerfield. Lorenzen made the catch and doubled up Heptig at home on a nifty swipe tag by catcher Chad Wallach.
Paul Politi's two-out single scored Lipson but Lorenzen had prevented a bigger inning.
Lorenzen's safety squeeze bunt in the first inning had tied the game after Davis broke on top after singles by Popkins, Politi and Nick Lynch. Singles by Richy Pedroza, Carlos Lopez and Matt Orloff gave Fullerton a 2-1 lead in the third.
Quist came into the game with a 4-0 record and a 1.99 earned run average. He went at least six innings for the seventh time in seven starts this year but the Titans' 4 runs were the most he has allowed.
Each of the four pitchers in the game committed a throwing error.
The teams play game No. 2 Friday at 7 p.m.