May 21, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Senior Justin Turner provided the game's only offense with his fourth home run of the year while senior Dustin Miller tossed a complete game shutout as No. 2 Cal State Fullerton completed a sweep of Cal Poly with a 1-0 victory at Goodwin Field Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, the Titans clinched at least a Co-Big West Conference championship. Fullerton improves to 39-13 overall and 15-3 in conference while Cal Poly drops to a game over .500 at 27-26, and 8-10 in league.
It was Turner's second career home run at Goodwin Field in the sixth inning that lifted his team to its quickest victory of the year at just two hours and ten minutes. Turner took losing pitcher Casey Fien's letter-high fastball over the left-centerfield wall dropping, the right-hander's season record to 5-5.
Fien, though on the losing end as he was in relief on Friday night, pitched a complete game, holding the Titans to just three hits on the day with Blake Davis and John Curtis joining Turner in the hit column. Davis' fourth-inning leadoff single extended his season-high hitting streak to 21 games. Fien faced just two over the minimum, retiring the first eight Titans of the game.
Miller (10-1) became the Titans' third 10-game winner this season with his nine innings of work, collecting his second-career complete-game, his first since Apr. 4, 2003, against Pacific. The big righty struck out eight Mustangs and surrendered just five hits, facing just five hitters over the minimum, lowering his ERA to 3.01.
Fullerton leads second-place Long Beach State, which won at UC Riverside on Sunday, 5-2, by three games with three to play -- all at Blair Field next weekend.
Fullerton will have a mid-week Tilt with USC on Tuesday before heading to Long Beach State for the final three regular season games.
NOTES: With Dustin Miller and Wes Roemer each picking up their10th victories this weekend, the Titans become the only team in the nation with three 10-game winners on their pitching staff... Justin Turner had five hits on the weekend to move into second place all-time at Cal State Fullerton with 309 hits...With just one Fullerton win at Long Beach, the Titans will capture their 22nd Div. I conference championship since 1975.