Long Ball Powers Mustangs Past Titans
April 21, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. - Alex Michaels' two-run pinch-hit home run broke a 6-6 tie and Reed Reilly pitched four innings of one-hit, shutout relief Saturday night to lead Cal Poly to an 8-6 Big West Conference victory over No. 12-ranked Cal State Fullerton.
The Mustangs (22-15, 6-5) got a pair of 2-out, 3-run home runs from Mitch Haniger and Nick Torres in a 6-run fifth inning and evened the series at 1-1.
Fullerton (25-13, 8-3) overcame a 6-2 deficit with four runs after two were out in the bottom of the fifth but saw its 4-game win streak ended.
Willie Kuhl (2-3) took the loss in relief, allowing Michaels' home run just inside the right-field foul pole in the eighth inning following a 2-out double by Chris Hoo. The freshman righty struck out a career high eight batters in his longest outing of the year, 3.2 innings.
Reilly (3-1) faced only 13 men in relief of Kyle Anderson, allowing only a 2-out triple to Anthony Hutting in the bottom of the eighth.
Fullerton took a 2-0 lead with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth. Michael Lorenzen was safe when shortstop Mike Miller booted his grounder. Matt Chapman's pop fly fell into left-center for a double and Ivory Thomas singled to center to score Lorenzen. Chapman came home on Hutting's sacrifice fly to right.
Fullerton starter Kenny Mathews blanked the Mustangs until the fifth. Denver Chavez doubled with one out and went to third on a single to left by Miller. Mathews retired Tim Wise on a soft liner to short but Haniger deposited his eighth home run to left center. A walk and a single preceded Torres' third homer off the scoreboard in left.
Fullerton got even in the bottom half. Anthony Trajano and Carlos Lopez singled and Lorenzen drove a 3-0 pitch to left center for a double. Chapman was hit by a pitch and Thomas tripled to left center.
The rubber match of the series will feature Grahamm Wiest (3-3, 3.24 ERA) for Fullerton going against Kyle Brueggemann (4-3, 4.76 ERA) for Cal Poly. First pitch is at 1 p.m.