April 21, 2011
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Right-hander Mason Radeke hurled a complete game 10-hitter with eight strikeouts to lead Cal Poly to a 7-2 upset of visiting No. 8 Cal State Fullerton in game one of a three-game Big West Conference baseball series at Baggett Stadium.
Radeke improved to 6-1 on the year needing 138 pitches to lock up his first career complete game. The Mustangs improved to 17-16 overall and 7-3 in the Big West, and won their sixth game in a row and second consecutive against a ranked opponent.
The Titans fell to 27-10, 8-2, snapping their six game winning streak.
The Titans, without starter Noe Ramirez who was scratched from his start with a sprained ankle, went to left-hander David Hurlbut who was made his second start of the season. Hurlbut surrendered a first inning home run to Denver Chavez but otherwise pitched well until the fourth when the Mustangs rallied for four runs. Hurlbut took the loss and fell to 2-1.
The Titans struck early as Tyler Pill stroked a two-out single to center, driving home Ivory Thomas who was also aboard on a single. That was the last time the Titans would lead in the game.
The Mustangs quickly evened the score at 1-1 on Chavez's blast down the left field line, the first home run of the year for the second baseman.
Chris Hoo singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth to kickstart the four-run Cal Poly rally. Hoo went to second and then on to third when Evan Busby laid down a drag bunt single and Chad Wallach's throw went wide of first base. Jimmy Allen then doubled down the left field line to drive home Hoo and Busby to give the Mustangs a 3-1 lead.
Hurlbut wild pitched Allen to third and the surrendered a line drive single off the glove of Richy Pedroza to make it 4-1. On the play, Pedroza was injured and had to come out of the game. The infielder had not started for the Titans' in any of their past six games due to a shoulder injury sustained on Apr. 8 against UC Irvine.
Another wild pitch and a four-pitch walk to Chavez ended Hurlbut's night with an out in the fourth. Reliever Christian Coronado surrendered a single through the six hole to Matt Jensen that brought home the inning's fourth run before retiring the last two hitters to end the inning.
Coronado ate up 4.2 innings in relief, allowing two runs on four hits, while fanning three. Hurlbut finished having allowed five earned runs on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
Fullerton's Anthony Trajano singled home Pedroza's replacement Matt Orloff to cut the Cal Poly lead to 5-2 in the top of the fifth, but the Mustangs got the run right back in their half of the inning. D. J. Gentile shot a leadoff double down the right-field line off Coronado, was sacrificed to third and scored on a suicide squeeze perfectly executed by Busby.
Cal Poly drove in its seventh and final run in the seventh with back-to-back hits to open the inning. Mitch Haniger doubled and promptly came home on a bloop single to right.
The two teams will play game two of the three-game series Friday night at 6 p.m. Current Big West Pitcher of the Week Colin O'Connell (5-2, 2.59 ERA) will be on the mound for Fullerton. Cal POly will counter with Steven Fishback (3-2, 4.11 ERA).