Titans Win First Game of Fall Series with Vandy

Oct. 22, 2011

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Nashville, Tenn. - Greg Velazquez had two hits and three RBI and Austin Kingsolver had three hits and drove in two as Cal State Fullerton beat Vanderbilt, 10-8, in a nine-inning fall scrimmage Saturday morning at Hawkins Field.

The Titans are midway through their official fall workout period and made the trip to Nashville, Tenn., for a two-game practice series with the Commodores. Vanderbilt is wrapping up their official practice schedule this weekend with the Titans.

"I thought we played a pretty good game of baseball today. We stayed in character and swung the bats well, especially with two out," said first-year Titan Head Coach Rick Vanderhook. Eight of the Titans' 10 runs came with two down in the frame.

"Matt Chapman played exceptionally well as did Derek Legg. And I thought Dylan Floro really set the tone with his command."

Floro gave up a run on one hit over four innings to earn the win. The right-handed junior struck out three and walked two of the 15 batters he faced.

The Titans handed Floro a five-run lead after two innings and scored all of their runs in five of the first six innings. Fullerton scored four times in the second with RBI coming from Derek Legg (single), J.D. Davis (bases-loaded walk) and Velazquez (two-run single) off of losing pitcher Kevin Ziomek.

Ziomek allowed five runs on four hits over 2.0 innings while striking out five. The southpaw also walked two and hit two in his last outing of the fall.

A five-run fifth inning by the Commodores got the home team to within two runs at 8-6 off the freshman Davis, who has moved from DH to the mound in relief of Floro. Connor Harrell led off the bottom half of the inning with a double, moved to third and then scored on consecutive wild pitches by Davis. A single by Riley Reynolds and an error by Titan shortstop Keegan Dale on Jack Lupo's grounder opened up the gates for four more runs in the frame. Drew Fann picked up and RBI on a groundout, Tony Kemp drove one home with a sac-fly, Mike Yastrzemski doubled home one and Anthony Gomez capped the scoring with an RBI-single.

Fulleron came right back with two more runs in the top of the sixth to extend to 10-6. It was Kingsolver that came up with a big two-run triple to score Velazquez and Matt Chapman who were aboard on singles off Will Clinard.

Clinard came on in the third in relief of Ziomaek. He worked four innings and allowed five earned runs on seven hits and logged five strikeouts without a walk.

Christian Coronado relieved Davis and worked 2.1 innings. The right-handed sophomore surrendered four hits and issued three walks. Joel McKeithan walked to lead off the seventh and came around to score on another Gomez hit. Freshman Chris Harvey led off the eighth with a solo home run off Coronado to conclude the scoring.

McKeithan singled to lead-off the ninth but was thrown out trying to extend his hit into a double by Kingsolver. Pinch-hitter Vince Conde singled and Kemp drew a walk off of Coronado to bring the winning run to the plate for the Commodores. Michael Lorenzen was brought in from center to get the final two outs of the game. The right-hander induced a pop out and then finished the game off by picking up a nubber towards first and taking it to the base himself for the save.

Second baseman Derek Legg had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run while third baseman Chapman finished with two hits and a pair of runs scored.

"Obviously we have some things to improve on and we're looking forward to playing another game here tomorrow," Vanderhook concluded.

First pitch of tomorrow's scrimmage begins at 9 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. CT.