April 28, 2007
Riverside, Calif. - A wild pitch scored Carl Uhl with the wining run and Marc Rzepczynski tossed a three-hit shutout as UC Riverside blanked No. 15 Cal State Fullerton, 3-0, for the Big West Conference series victory at the Riverside Sports Complex Saturday night.
Fullerton drops its second game in a row and loses its second conference series of the year, falling to 27-14, 7-4. UC Riverside improves to 26-16, 6-2.
Rzepczunski's complete-game handed the Titans just their second shutout of the season, as the southpaw fanned nine and walked just one. The Riverside hurler improved his record to 6-1.
For the second night in a row, a pitcher's duel broke out at the Sports Complex as Jeff Kaplan matched Rzepczynski for five innings, striking out four and not letting a runner past second base until the sixth.
In the bottom of the sixth, Uhl doubled to lead off the frame and Joey Gonzalez moved him to third with a sharp grounder to second. The Titans elected to walk Jaime Pedroza to set up the one-out double play. The strategy then backfired as Kaplan uncorked a pitch to Mark Samuelson that got through John Curtis' legs allowing not only Uhl to score, but allowed Pedroza to wheel all the way around to third base.
Samuelson then capitalized on the extra base as he promptly lifted a sac-fly to bring home the second run of the game. A batter later, last night's hero Aaron Wible lifted his seventh homer of the season over the left-field foul poll to end the Highlander attack.
Kaplan was handed the loss, and fell to 7-3.
Rzepczynski retired the final 13 in a row and 15 of his last 16 and didn't allow any Titans past second base.
Fullerton and Riverside will conclude the three-game series as the Titans will send Michael Morrison to the hill to try and salvage a game on the weekend. UCR will counter with Pat Cassa.