April 22, 2009
Malibu, Calif. - Gary Brown scored five times and six Cal State Fullerton pitchers combined on a 5-hitter Wednesday afternoon as the Titans cruised to a 15-2 non-conference victory at Pepperdine.
The Titans parlayed 12 hits, 9 walks, 4 hit batsmen and 8 Pepperdine wild pitches into their third win in a row and improved to 26-11. The Waves also committed two errors in falling to 23-17.
Starter Kevin Rath (2-1) allowed only one run in four innings to get the win. Aaron Gates (2-2) didn't retire any of the five men he faced and took the loss.
Brown had a double, a single, walked twice and was hit by a pitch to reach base and score in each of Fullerton's five scoring innings. Five Titans had two hits and Jared Clark drove in 3 runs.
Fullerton erupted for six runs in the first inning on 3 hits and added two runs in the second and three in the fourth for a quick 11-1 lead.
Gates walked Christian Colon and Brown on his first nine pitches to set the table. Josh Fellhauer was safe on an error by first baseman Ryan Heroy which allowed Colon to score. Jared Clark singled to load the bases and Tyler Pill singled to left for one run, chasing Gates. Billy Marcoe hit reliever Keven Inman's first pitch into right center for a 2-run single. Pill eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Joe Scott.and Marcoe came home with the sixth run on a wild pitch.
A single by Colon and a double by Brown set up sacrifice flies by Fellhauer and Clark in the second. In the fourth, walks to Brown and Fellhauer preceded a 2-run double to left by Clark. The latter came home on a pair of ground balls.
Pepperdine got a run in the second when Denny Duron tripled with two out and scored on a wild pitch by Rath. The other run scored in the sixth when reliever Jason Dovel missed the first base bag on what would have been the final out of the inning.
A strange sequence occurred in the Fullerton sixth. Brad Jesernig walked Clark. Reliever Jonathan Harmstrom then walked Pill and Marcoe to load the bases. But he struck out Harkey on a wild pitch and Clark was thrown out trying to score. Scott then struck out to end the inning.
The Titans didn't waste a similar opportunity in the seventh. Siddons was hit by a pitch and scored on a double to center by Colon, who continued to third on an error. Brown was hit by a pitch before Fellhauer got another sacrifice fly to score Colon. Brown advanced on a pair of wild pitches and scored on Pill's single to right. The final run came in the ninth when Brown and Jeff Newman had infield hits. Brown went to third as Fahey walked and scored on a wild pitch.
Fullerton returns to Big West Conference play this weekend with a 3-game series at UC Davis.