April 14, 2012
Irvine, Calif. - Clay Williamson, Michael Lorenzen and Matt Chapman had three RBI each and combined for seven of the Titans' season high 18 hits as No. 14 Cal State Fullerton defeated UC Irvine in Game 2 of a Big West Conference double header, 13-2, to avenge a 4-1 Game 1 loss that saw them nearly get no-hit Saturday afternoon at Anteater Ballpark.
With the split, Cal State Fullerton's record goes to 22-12 overall and 6-2 in Big West play. Irvine goes to 18-13 and 4-4.
The Titan offense was the star in the second game, with six men collecting multiple hits in support of Kenny Mathews who improved to 4-0. Fullerton scored 11 times in the first three innings to hand Crosby Slaught (3-3) his third loss of the year. Slaught lasted just 1.2 innings, but surrendered five runs on four hits and walked three. Mathews had a shutout through five innings before three straight hits to DJ Crumlich, Tommy Reyes and Jordan Fox to lead off the sixth resulted in the two Irvine runs. The Titan lefty struck out seven without a walk.
Tyler Peitzmeier threw two innings in relief of Mathews and gave up just one hit.
The Titans, who were one-hit in the first game, surpassed that in the first inning of the second game. Richy Pedroza led off with a single up the middle and went to third when Derek Legg, the next batter, singled to right. Anthony Hutting delivered a one-out, RBI-single to center to give the Titans a 1-0 lead.
Twelve men batted in the second for Fullerton as they used six hits, two walks and a hit batter to score seven times off of Slaught and reliever Nick Hoover. Williamson, in his second start of the year, came through with a bases-loaded clearing triple off Hoover to make it 4-0, and a batter later scored when Lorenzen laid down a drag bunt single. Anthony Hutting (bases-loaded HBP), Jared Deacon (single) and Chad Wallach also added RBI in the inning.
Three more runs came across in the third off relief pitcher Mark Trentacosta. The Titans loaded the bases with singles from Carlos Lopez, Hutting and Williamson and then unloaded them when Chapman doubled off the right field wall to make it 11-0.
Trentacosta and Evan Brock held the Titans scoreless from the fourth to the eighth. Lorenzen' s ninth inning, two-run double over the third base bag against Sam Moore was the Titans' 18th hit and fifth extra base hit of the game, tying season highs in both categories for the 2012 club.
The Game 2 Titan offense was a complete turn-around from their performance in the first game. In the series opener, Austin Kingsolver's infield single broke up Andrew Thurman's no-hit bid in the top of the ninth, and was the only hit of the game as Irvine went on to take the opener by a score of 4-1.
Thurman faced just one batter over the minimum - a third inning error - through eight innings and had retired 17 in a row preceding Kingsolver's soft chopper. He improved to 3-2 on the year. After the hit, and his only walk, Thurman was lifted for Jimmy Litchfield, who proceeded to walk Pedroza - the first person he faced ¬- to load the bases and bring the tying run to the plate. Lucky for Litchfield, he induced Anthony Trajano to hit into a run-scoring double play and then got Lorenzen to ground out to third for the final out of the game.
Dylan Floro (5-3) took the loss after giving up four runs (2 earned) on eight hits over six innings of work. He struck out three and walked two as he saw his personal four-game winning streak come to an end.
Three hits in the fifth inning accounted for the game's first run. Reyes drove it in with a sharp single through the right side following singles by Kris Paulina and Crumlich.
An error by Chapman and a passed ball by Jared Deacon accounted for the two unearned Anteater runs in the sixth. Paulino drove in Jeff Stephens, aboard on the error, with a single through the right side, and Christian Ramirez (aboard on a hit) scored on the passed ball to make it 3-0.
A sacrifice fly by Stephens after a walk by Floro and a hit batter by Peitzmeier plated the fourth and final Anteater run in the seventh.
The two teams will square off on Sunday in the rubber match of the series. The Titans will throw Grahamm Wiest while the Anteaters counter with Litchfield. The 2 p.m. game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.