April 7, 2012
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Fullerton, Calif. - Michael Lorenzen, Anthony Hutting, Matt Chapman and Austin Kingsolver each drove in two runs and Grahamm Wiest, Christian Coronado and Tyler Peitzmeier combined on a 9-hit shutout of visiting UC Davis as No. 14 Cal State Fullerton completed a weekend sweep of the Aggies with an 11-0 Big West Conference victory Saturday afternoon at Goodwin Field.
The Titans (21-10, 5-1) won their fourth game in a row for the first time since early March and logged just their second sweep of the year. Wiest (2-3) worked six strong innings, allowing just four hits to pick up his second win of the season. He left with the Titans leading 9-0 and had faced the minimum over his last 13 batters.
Coronado pitched for the first time since Mar. 9 at Texas A&M. Re recorded two scoreless innings and allowed three hits. Peitzmeier gave up two hits, but preserved the Titans' third shutout of the year with a pair of strikeouts.
Aggie starter Tom Briner (2-3) lasted just three innings, surrendering nine of the Titans' 13 hits and eight of their season-high (tie) 11 runs in the losing effort. Relievers Chris Levy (1) and Patrick Hennessey (2) were both touched for additional runs. Davis dropped its sixth in a row and fell to 11-16, 0-3.
A five-run first inning set the tone for the day, with each of the first six Titan batters reaching base safely on five hits and an error. Lorenzen and Carlos Lopez had back-to-back RBI-singles and were followed by an Anthony Hutting RBI-double and a two-run single off the bat of Chapman before the first out of the inning was recorded.
Doubles from Lorenzen (1 RBI) and Kingsolver (2 RBI) in the second and third innings, respectively, broke the game wide open at 8-0 after three. Kingsolver's double in the third marked the first time since Mar. 23 (9 games) that the Titans had notched three extra-base hits in a game.
Hutting picked up his fourth hit and fourth RBI of the week in the fifth inning to make it 9-0 in favor of the Titans. Lorenzen was hit by Levy with one out and then stole second base to be in position to score easily on Hutting liner to center.
The Titans are now 22-2 all-time against the Aggies and have now strung together 13 consecutive Big West wins against them. After two weeks, Cal State Fullerton now has a 1-game lead over second place UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly and Long Beach State, all 4-2 in league.
The Titans will hit the road for four straight games this coming week, begingin with a 6 p.m. Tuesday night tilt at UCLA. Then the Titans will be back at it on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at UC Irvine (6:30 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.) for week three of Big West action. Sunday's game will be broadcast on ESPNU.