May 6, 2012
Stockton, Calif. - Grahamm Wiest tossed a three-hit, complete-game, shutout and Carlos Lopez and Anthony Hutting combined for 5 RBI as 8th-ranked Cal State Fullerton completed a sweep of Pacific Sunday afternoon by a score of 10-0.
The Titans took a full one-game lead in the Big West Conference standings over second place Long Beach State as they earned their third series sweep of the year and second in league play. Fullerton improves to 30-14 overall and 12-3 in the Big West. It is the 38th straight year (every season at the Div. I level) that the Titans have won at least 30 games.
Pacific drops its 10th in a row and falls to 11-34, 1-14.
Wiest (4-3) needed just 85 pitched to devour the free-swinging Tigers, who had lone hits in the third, fifth and eighth innings. He faced just two batters over the minimum and struck out four. Taylor Murphy had the only extra base hit, a double to lead off the third. Daniel Johnston and Tyger Pederson had the other singles.
Pacific reliever Kyle Crawford pitched valiantly in relief of losing pitcher Mike Hager (3-5). The southpaw worked the final six innings and allowed three unearned runs on six hits and struck out four without a walk. The Tiger third baseman Murphy had a rough day tallying four errors that led to all three unearned runs for Crawford. His throwing error in the fifth and a fielding and throwing error in the ninth - all with two out - led to the final three Titan runs.
Carlos Lopez finished the series with nine RBI, and drove home the "game winners" in the first inning on both Saturday and Sunday. He had back-to-back doubles in the first and the second innings on Sunday to drive home three runs. Hutting had RBI-singles in his first two plate appearances as well. Ivory Thomas (single) and Michael Lorenzen (groundout) drove home the other two runs off Hager.
Richy Pedroza extended his team-leading hit streak to five games with his third three-hit game in that stretch. It was his fourth multi-hit game in his last five as well. Thomas, Lopez, Hutting, Matt Orloff and Jared Deacon all finished with two hits apiece.
With 17 hits on Sunday, Fullerton finnished the weekend, out-hitting the Tigers 49-15 and outscoring them 36-6 in the series. The Titans, as a team, hit .374 (49-for-131) and finished the week 4-0 with an additional win over USC on Tuesday.
The Titan next action will be on Friday, May 11 at UC Santa Barbara.