April 20, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - Despite heavy rain throughout the day, 787 fans showed to see No. 17 Cal State Fullerton take the first game of the three-game series with a lopsided 18-1 win over Pacific in a Big West Conference baseball game Friday night at Goodwin Field.
With the win, Fullerton ties a season-high with five wins in a row and improve to 24-12 overall and 5-2 in league. Pacific drops to 10-29-1 and remain winless in the Big West at 0-7.
Titans Friday night starter Wes Roemer improved to 6-4 on the year with a six-inning, three-hit outing behind a season-high offensive output, fanning six along the way before handing the ball off to the bull pen. Roemer allowed his only run, an unearned one, when he walked Zach Chamberlin with the bases loaded to bring home John Joins who was aboard on an error.
Clark Hardman, Khris Davis, and Evan McArthur each had three hits on the night that saw the Titan offense set season-highs in runs (18), hits (16) and RBI (16). Joe Scott continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-4 night, driving in a career-high 5 RBI. Hardman added four RBI of his own.
Jake Wild, the first of six Tiger arms to face the Titans, dropped to 1-6 on the year with the loss, and set the tone for the rest of the night on the hill for Pacific. He allowed six runs on two hits, walking three and hitting a game-high four batters.
The two teams were just one hit batter away from tying the NCAA record for combined hit batters in a game of 12, set by Nevada and New Mexico State on March 9, 1997. Fullerton and Pacific did take over lone possession of second place in the record book, passing the old record set by Fullerton and Long Beach State on Mar. 25, 2005 at Blair Field.
The Titans scored a run in all but the first and eighth innings, including five runs in both the fifth and seventh innings. McArthur plated a team high five runs on the night including one on his first home run of the season. Davis also scored four runs and extended his team-leading hitting streak to nine games.
The two teams will square off on Saturday night, with Jeff Kaplan going to the mound for Fullerton looking for his seventh win of the season. He will face-off against Curtis Pasma (0-3) with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.