May 5, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. -
Josh Fellhauer homered and doubled and three Titan pitchers combined to strike out 11 Arizona hitters Tuesday night as No. 6-ranked Cal State Fullerton beat the Wildcats, 5-2, in a non-conference game.
Fellhauer doubled and scored to break a 2-2 tie in the third inning and then hit a two-run home run in the fifth to help the Titans win their tenth game in the last 11 and improve to 33-12. Arizona fell to .500 at 22-22.
Kevin Rath (3-1) allowed both UofA runs, one earned, in five innings and got credit for the win. He struck out five. Travis Kelly worked three innings of one-hit relief and fanned four while Nick Ramirez picked up his third save with a perfect ninth inning that featured two strikeouts.
Joe Allison (3-1), the first of five Arizona pitchers, took the loss.
Arizona took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first around a Dillon Baird double and had the bases loaded with none out. But Rath struck out Steve Selsky, Bobby Coyle and Dwight Childs to escape the jam. Arizona's second run came in the third and tied the game at 2-2. Baird led off with a single, moved to second when third baseman Joey Siddons threw wide after fielding Jett Bandy's ground ball, went to third on a fly ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Selsky.
The Titans got a leadoff home run from Christian Colon, who hit No. 7 down the left-field line. A single by Dustin Garneau, two balks and Joe Scott's single in the bottom of the second put Fullerton ahead briefly, 2-1. Khris Davis' sacrifice fly in the third scored Fellhauer and put the Titans ahead to stay at 3-2.
The two-game series concludes Wednesday night at 6 p.m.. Neither team has announced a probable starting pitcher.