May 20, 2008
Fullerton, Calif. - Joe Scott had three hits and his No. 6-ranked Cal State Fullerton teammates hit a season-high four home runs Tuesday night as the Titans outslugged UCLA, 12-8, in the final regular season game of the year at Goodwin Field.
The non-conference win was Fullerton's fifth victory in a row, matching its season high, and lifted its record to 36-17. The Bruins saw a 4-game win streak end and fell to 29-24. They lost all three games this season to Fullerton and have lost 30 of the last 35 meetings dating to 1992.
Jason Dovel (3-2), the third Fullerton pitcher, got two outs in the sixth inning to earn the victory as the Titans rallied from a 7-5 deficit. Michael Morrison pitched two shutout innings and Adam Jorgenson allowed a meaningless run in the ninth to preserve the win. Rob Rasmussen (0-1), the second of five UCLA pitchers, took the loss. Four UCLA errors led to five unearned CSF runs.
Back-to-back errors with two out in the third inning by UCLA second baseman Alden Carrithers set up a 3-run home run by Jared Clark that gave Fullerton a 4-2 lead. Carrithers, who reached base five times, singled home a tying run in the top of the fourth but Joel Weeks put Fullerton back in the lead at 5-4 with a solo home run, the third of the night allowed by starter Matt Grace.
A triple by Chris Giovinazzo triggered a 3-run UCLA sixth. Blair Dunlap's single tied the game, Casey Haerther's fielder's choice made it 6-5 and Dunlap scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-5.
But Fullerton came right back with 3 runs in the bottom half. Singles by Gary Brown and Weeks set up a sacrifice bunt by Dustin Garneau, who was safe when Rasmussen threw high to first. Scott singled home one run, Christian Colon tied it with a sacrifice fly and Erik Komatsu put Fullerton ahead to stay with a two-out single.
Garneau, who got the first Titan hit with a leadoff homer in the third, singled home a run in the seventh and Colon's 2-run homer keyed a 3-run eighth.
Fullerton has won eight of nine, as has Long Beach State, and the two teams meet in a 3-game series this weekend at Blair Field that will determine the Big West Conference champion and automatic berth into the NCAA Playoffs. Fullerton at 15-6 has a 1-game lead over the 49ers, who are 14-7.
Both teams swept three games this year from UCLA, which goes to California to wrap up the regular season this weekend trying to improve upon its third-place standing in the Pac-10 Conference.