Titans Complete Sweep with 9-8 Win in 8 Innings
April 15, 2007
Davis, Calif. - UC Davis rolled a five in the bottom of the sixth inning but 18th-ranked Cal State Fullerton held on to win 9-8 in eight innings in the time-shortened second game of the non-conference double header Sunday afternoon.
The Aggies and Titans game out for game two and exchanged blows early. Trailing 3-2, a Clark Harman double drove home the tying run, and two batters later, Nick Mahin looped a double to right-center field, driving home Hardman with the go-ahead run. Fullerton didn't look back. The Titans would score five more times over the next three innings putting them in the driver seat with a 9-3 lead after five and a half innings.
Urena, for the second straight weekend, was unable to escape the second inning. He surrendered three runs (two earned) on four hits, walked two and uncorked a wild pitch to continue his winless streak dating back to Mar. 4. Morrison in relief of the Titan starter went 3 1/3 innings and surrendered four earned runs, but never relinquished the lead.
The Aggie starter Jeff Reeker didn't fare much better than Urena, lasting just three innings before getting pulled for reliever Scott Chew. Reeker allowed four earned runs on four hits.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the first six Aggie batter reached base safely, knocking Morrison from the game. Matt Dempsey had a two run double, followed by Ryan Royster's fourth hit of the day, an RBI-triple, ended Morrison's day. Enter Justin Klipp, who was greated with an RBI-single off the bat of Brandon Oliver to cut the Titan lead to 9-7. Evan Hudson's run scoring grounder three batters later would be all for the Aggies who were then held scoreless in the bottom of the eighth inning by Jorgenson.
Joe Scott broke out of a 2-for-44 slump with a 1-for-1 performance in game one followed by a 3-for-3 game two. Matt Wallach also picked up three hits and a pair of RBI, missing "the cycle" by the second-toughest hit, the home run.
Royster's four hits led the Aggies and he and Dempsey each tallied two RBI on the afternoon to pace Davis.
Due to Cal State Fullerton travel arrangements, Sunday's game was played under the rule that no new inning would start after 5 p.m. The Titans' eight inning win was the first of its kind since Mar. 9, 2003 at Minnesota. The Titans lost that game 8-7
Cal State Fullerton has no midweek games this week and will prepare to host Big West Conference competitors, the Pacific Tigers next weekend at Goodwin Field.