April 7, 2006
Irvine, Calif. - A five-run first inning, capped by a Brandon Tripp three-run home run, and eight innings of scoreless baseball from Wes Roemer lifted No. 1 Cal State Fullerton to a 7-0 victory over UC Irvine in a Big West Conference match-up at Anteater Ballpark Friday night.
The Titans matched a season-high with eight consecutive wins improving to 25-7 overall and 4-0 in Big West Conference play. The Anteaters dropped their fourth consecutive conference game, falling to 18-14, 0-4.
Wes Roemer (7-0) provided yet another solid performance tossing eight scoreless innings en route to his seventh win of the season. The sophomore righty struck out five without walking a batter allowing just two base runners aboard over the last 5 1/3 innings, retiring 13 in a row during that span. Roemer dropped his ERA to 1.53 surrendering just four hits on the evening.
Sophomore Adam Jorgenson pitched the ninth inning, retiring all three batters he faced to secure the shutout for the Titans. It was the pitching staff's fourth shutout of the season, and the first in conference play.
For the second outing in a row, Irvine starter Justin Cassel (3-6) was hammered by the Titans in the first inning, surrendering five earned runs on five hits including Tripp's towering shot down the right field line, just inside the foul pole. Cassel, on Feb. 17, was also met with a barrage of Titan runs, giving up six in the top of the first inning of that game, with the Titans going on to win the non-conference meeting, 13-7.
UC Irvine is now 2-13 when the opposition scores first. Fullerton on the other hand is now 16-2 when they strike first.
The Anteater right hander pitched all nine innings, settling down after the first, allowing just two more runs to score, one on a wild pitch, the other on a Bryan Harris single in the top of the seventh.
Titan right fielder Jared Clark had a three-hit night to lead all players while shortstop Blake Davis, designated hitter Harris and the right fielder Tripp, each collected a pair. Tripp's three, Harris' two and John Curtis' one RBI accounted for six of the seven runs with Cassel's wild one accounting for the other.
The two teams will meet again Saturday night at 6 p.m. as Lauren Gagnier (7-2, 2.64 ERA) will do battle with Irvine's Scott Gorgen (3-2, 2.43 ERA) in Irvine, in the middle game of this three-game league series.