Lorenzen Fuels Titans Series Win over Anteaters

April 10, 2011

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Fullerton, Calif. - Freshman Michael Lorenzen belted a go-ahead 3-run triple and made a pair of outstanding defensive plays Sunday afternoon as Cal State Fullerton logged a come-from-behind 10-4 victory over UC Irvine at Goodwin Field.

The win gave the Titans (23-9, 5-1) the series victory, 2-1, and a one-game lead in the Big West Conference standings over UCI (20-8, 4-2).

Lorenzen's fifth-inning triple off the fence in left-centerfield erased a 4-2 lead that UCI had taken with 4 runs in the top half. Dylan Floro pitched 4.2 innings of shutout relief for the win and Crosby Slaught (4-1) took the loss, charged with 5 runs in 4+ innings.

UCI overcame an early 2-0 deficit with a 4-run fifth against starter Tyler Pill, who had been perfect through three innings. With one out, Jonathan Hurst singled off Blake Barber's glove at third and went to second on Jordan Leyland's double to left. A wild pitch allowed Hurst to score and Leyland to move to third, from where he scored the tying run on Tommy Reyes' sacrifice fly to center that was dropped by Ivory Thomas for an error. D.J. Crumlich's second double of the game off the chalk in left scored Reyes with the go-ahead run and Pill came out in favor of Floro after walking Sean Madigan. Crumlich was thrown out trying to steal third. Madigan took second on the play and scored on a single to right by Brian Hernandez.

Fullerton came right back with 4 runs of its own. Slaught struck out Trajano but the Titan reached base on a wild pitch. Nick Ramirez walked and Pill, now the designated hitter, singled to load the bases, chasing Slaught. Lorenzen hit a 3-2 pitch from reliever Nick Hoover to clear the bases for a 5-4 lead. Lorenzen came home to make it 6-4 when Christian Ramirez made a diving catch of Carlos Lopez' sacrifice fly-liner to center.

Lorenzen saved the 2-run lead in the top of the sixth when he made a diving, sliding catch in the rightfield corner of Leyland's bid for extra bases with a man on first. Lorenzen came in to make a diving catch of a line drive by Hernandez to end the UCI seventh. UCI reliever Jimmy Litchfield was tagged for 3 more runs in the sixth. Singles by Trajano and Pill and a hit batter loaded the bases for Lopez, who bounced a 2-run single to center and chased Litchfield. Reliever Drew Sandler walked Barber and Jared Deacon to force in a run and make it 9-4.

Barber hit his first homer of the year with two out in the eighth off Hernandez, the sixth UCI pitcher.

Fullerton jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Thomas led off with a chopper over the mound for an infield hit. He was picked off by Slaught but avoided the tag by first baseman Leyland and then moved to second on Slaught's errant pick-off throw. He advanced to third as Trajano bounced to short. Nick Ramirez was walked intentionally before Pill singled to right to score Thomas. Slaught escaped further damage when rightfielder Madigan made a diving catch of Lorenzen's sinking line drive and Leyland handled Lopez' hard-hit ground ball.

Pill retired the first nine UCI hitters before Crumlich led off the fourth with a double into the left-field corner. Madigan sacrificed him to third and Hernandez was hit by a pitch. But Drew Hillman fouled off a suicide squeeze bunt attempt before striking out and Ronnie Shaeffer became Pill's sixth strikeout victim.

Slaught stranded a runner at second in the second and got a double-play in the third. But after leadoff singles in the fourth by Lorenzen and Lopez, he threw late to third after fielding a bunt by Barber, loading the bases. Deacon's slow grounder to short scored Lorenzen to make it 2-0 before Matt Orloff sacrificed and Thomas became Slaught's first strikeout victim.

Fullerton's next game is a non-conference contest at Loyola Marymount on Tuesday afternoon.

UC Irvine hosts San Diego State Tuesday night