May 2, 2008
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Joel Weeks' went 4-for-5 and Josh Fellhauer's two-run double gave the Titans the lead in the eighth inning as No. 12 Cal State Fullerton upended UC Santa Barbara 7-4 Friday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium in Big West Conference action.
Santa Barbara, for the second time this week, lost a game via a late-inning rally by their opponent and fell to 28-15 overall and 8-5 in league action. The Titans win their third in a row improving to 28-15, 12-4.
Jeff Kaplan (8-1) picked up his fifth win in as many starts with his second complete game of the year. Clayton Edwards was tagged with the loss after going just a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a walk and a hit. Edwards falls to 0-2.
Trailing 4-1 in the eight, Fullerton plated five runs to take the lead, spoiling starter Mike Ford's seven inning effort. Ford came out for his eighth inning of work, only to give up a leadoff double to Jared Clark and a walk to Brian Wilson. He was then replaced with Clayton Edwards, who got an out on a sac bunt by Gary Brown, but then saw Weeks' line drive get over the shortstop's head to inch the Titans closer at 4-3.
A walk later, the Gauchos went to their third pitcher of the inning, Kyle Brown. Brown got a brief scare as pinch hitter Khris Davis drove a ball to deep center, just missing his fourth pinch-hit home run of the year as the centerfielder pulled it in at the wall for the second out. A batter later, Fellhauer sealed the deal with the two-bagger inside first and into the right-field corner driving home Weeks and pinch-runner Billy Marcoe with the tying and winning runs. Christian Colon followed with a prompt single that brought home Fellhauer to give the Titans the 6-4 lead.
After a quick 1-2-3 eighth for Kaplan, Jared Clark homered to lead off the ninth to conclude the Titan late-inning production.
Santa Barbara took a 1-0 lead on Patrick Rose's first home run of the year in the third inning and held the lead until the sixth. With two outs in the top of the sixth, Joel Weeks, already 2-for-2, blasted his first career home run to right center to tie the game at 1-1. Weeks's long-ball was the only run Ford allowed through seven innings of work. For the second straight week, Ford pitched well enough to win without getting credit for one. He finished by giving up three runs on six hits.
Kaplan retired the side in order five times on the afternoon giving up three runs over the sixth and seventh after Rose's homer in the third. An RBI single by Chris Fox gave UCSB the lead back in the sixth, and a two-run triple by catcher Chris McMurray gave the Gauchos the brief 4-1 lead.
Rose and Fox finished with a pair of hits for the Gauchos while Weeks' (three singles and a home run) finished with a game-leading four hits and three RBI. Fellhauer and Clark also tacked on a pair of hits each in the win.
The two teams will meet tomorrow afternoon in Santa Barbara in another Big West Conference showdown at 1 p.m. Daniel Renken will be on the mound for Fullerton.