April 22, 2006
Stockton, Calif. - Lauren Gagnier five-hit the Tigers for 7 1/3 innings and Jared Clark blew the game open with a second-inning grand slam as No. 1 Cal State Fullerton routed Pacific, 11-1, to capture its 10th weekend series of the year Saturday afternoon at Klein Family Field.
With the win, the Big West Conference series goes to the Titans, who improve to 7-1 in league and 30-10 overall. The Tigers fall to 22-15, 3-5.
Four errors (three in the first inning) by the Tigers' defense led to six unearned runs over the first two frames off starting pitcher Joey Centani (3-2), who was touched for the loss. RBI-singles by Brett Pill and Danny Dorn gave Fullerton the 2-0 lead after one, and Clark's two-out slam put the game out of reach early at 6-0.
Fullerton's offense tied a season-high in hits with 17 on the afternoon, out-hitting the Tigers 17-6. Fullerton now has a 31-9 advantage in the hit column in the two games at Pacific's new ballpark.
The conference's leader in wins, Lauren Gagnier (9-3), picked up another with a seven-plus inning, five-hit effort, fanning three along the way. Through the fifth inning, the righty faced just two over the minimum before having to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning. An RBI-single by Pacific's John Devany drove in Anthony Jackson for the Tigers' lone run of the ballgame.
Gagnier lowers his ERA to 2.51 in regaining the team-lead in victories.
Estes pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 in relief and surrendered just a one-out double to Davany in the ninth, before striking out the final two hitters of the game. Devany finished the game as the only Tiger with multiple hits (2).
The Titans would go on to score a pair of runs in both the seventh and eighth innings as they have now outscored the Tigers 19-2 in the two games of the series.
12 different Titans contributed to the Titan hit parade with Justin Turner (3), Brett Pill (2), Evan McArthur (2) and Brandon Tripp (2), each knocking out two-or-more hits apiece. Of the 17 total hits, just four went for extra bases, including doubles by Justin Turner (2) and Cory Vanderhook, and Clarks third big-fly of the season.
Turner and Clark drove in eight runs combined for the Titans with Pill (2) and Dorn (1) adding the final three RBI.
Dustin Miller, in search of his eighth win, will take the mound on Sunday as the Titans look to capture their seventh series sweep in 12 opportunities. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.
NOTES: Fullerton left a season-high 17 men on base in the 11-1 victory...Justin Turner got seven at bats in the nine-inning affair, a career-high for the fourth-year senior...Head Coach George Horton moved into third place all-time in Big West Conference with his 177th victory, passing former Titan skipper Augie Garrido...Freshman David Cooper improved to 7-for-9 (.778) coming off the bench for CSF, singling up the middle in the fourth inning for Bryan Harris...Jared Clark's grand slam was the Titans' first since Danny Dorn did it in the Regionals last June against Harvard. It was the first of his career...