April 14, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Brandon Tripp and Matt Fahey each homered as No. 1 Cal State Fullerton (27-9) took care of UC Davis (13-17), 11-2, in a non-conference baseball game at soggy Goodwin Field Friday night in the second game of a three-game series.
Fullerton hammered out 15 hits to Davis' seven, scoring at least once in every possible frame except the third and fifth innings. Seven of the Titan hits went for extras base including four doubles, two triples and a pair of round-trippers.
Lauren Gagnier (8-3) earned his conference-leading eighth win by going the minimum five innings allowing two runs on six hits while striking out four. The next three Titan arms (John Estes, Adam Jorgenson and Bryan Harris) halted the Davis attack, allowing just one hit over the final four innings while striking out five.
Each of UC Davis' three pitchers were hit for at least three runs with starter and losing pitcher Brent Nicols (0-2) taking the brunt of the damage, surrendering five runs himself. Nichols lasted just two innings, surrendering six hits including Tripp's sixth home run of the year, a two run shot in the Titans' three-run second. Andy Boas and Brad McAtee each allowed a trio of Titans to score on a combined nin hits over the final six innings of work.
The Titans led from wire-to-wire, coming back after a disappointing 2-1 loss Thursday night to score 10-or-more runs for the seventh time this season and improve to 12-0 when the team scores in the first inning.
The Aggies scored their runs in the top of the third inning off Gagnier, on back-to-back of RBI-singles by LaTorre and Lukas Kirby that drove in Michael Jacobellis who was hit by a pitch and Daniel Descalso who walked.
Matt Fahey concluded the Titan offensive barrage with his first career home run, a no-doubter to right-center field off McAtee with a 2-0 hitter's count. Tripp's home run in the second extended hits hitting streak to 11 games.
The two teams will play the rubber-game of the three-game set in a matinee at Goodwin Field Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Dustin Miller (6-1, 3.61 ERA) will get his second shot at his seventh win for the Titans as the Aggies will counter with Bryan Evans (3-4, 3.50 ERA).