April 18, 2008
Stockton, Calif. - Gary Brown and Dustin Garneau accounted for three doubles and two home runs in the eight and nine holes as No. 15 Cal State Fullerton upended Pacific 15-4 in a Big West Conference baseball game at Klein Family Field Friday night.
The Titans improve to 21-13 with their 17th straight victory over the Tigers, and improve their league mark to 7-3. Pacific drops its fourth consecutive game and falls to 8-26, 2-8.
Jeff Kaplan worked 7.2 innings on the night to pick up his sixth win of the year, and was on his way to a complete game before running into a speed bump with two outs in the eighth. A walk and back-to-back home runs by Matt Fuson and Mike McKeever saw Kaplan lifted from the game with an eight-run advantage for Ryan Ackland who tossed just one pitch to get the final out of the eighth to stop the bleeding.
The reigning Big West Pitcher of the Week, Kaplan, gave up four runs on seven hits and struck out nine to improve to 6-1 on the year.
The Titans scored in each of the first seven innings off losing pitcher Tyler Waldron and reliever David Rowse. Waldron fell to 2-4 on the year as he allowed eight runs (four earned) on seven hits over five innings of work and was not helped by the Tiger defense, which committed three errors behind him and five on the night.
Rowse was roughed up for four runs on five hits over three innings of work.
Five Titans had multi-hit efforts in the win led by the freshman left fielder Brown who finished 3-for-3 with two of the Titans' eight doubles on the night and a solo home run. Jared Clark (two doubles), Brian Wilson (double and a single), Garneau (double and a two-run home run), and defensive replacement Joe Scott (single and a double) each collected two hits as Fullerton out-hit Pacific 15-8.
Josh Fellhauer had a hit and was one of five Titans with two RBI on the night.
Adam Ching and McKeever were the only two Tigers with multiple hits. Fuson led Pacific with two RBI.
Leading 12-4 in the ninth, the Titans plated three more runs off reliever Casey Neimeyer, one on Scott's double, the other two on first baseman Tony Harkey's second two-base hit in as many games, plating his first career RBIs. Matthew Fahey picked up a pinch-hit single as well.
Ackland pitched the final 1.1 innings, allowing Just a Brett Manning double in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Game two of the three-game series begins Saturday at 6 p.m. at Klein Family Field with Daniel Renken going for the Titans while the Tigers will counter with Mark McCain.
NOTES: The only inning the Titans did not score (the eighth), they stranded the bases loaded...There were 15 extra-base hits in the game on Friday night, 11 doubles and four home runs.