Late Surge Lifts Titans to Victory in Nashville
Oct. 23, 2011
Nashville, Tenn. - Freshman Matt Chapman's two-run home run in the seventh inning tied it and sophomore Michael Lorenzen's sacrifice fly later in the inning put the Titans ahead for good as Cal State Fullerton completed a two-game fall scrimmage sweep of Vanderbilt with a 9-3 victory Sunday morning at Hawkins Field.
The Titans will return to Orange County late Sunday night and will return to their official fall workouts on Tuesday. Vanderbilt's official workout ends today.
"I was happy with the way things went this weekend. We learned a lot and we have quite a few things to take back home and work on," said Head Coach Rick Vanderhook.
Vanderhook was also very happy with the Titans pitching and defensive effort on Sunday as they threw 10 shutout innings on Sunday without defensive error beginning with winning pitcher Grahamm Wiest in the fourth inning of the scrimmage.
The Titans played a nine inning scrimmage and then played an additional three innings before they boarded their bus for the airport.
Weist pitched a dominant 5 innings in relief, allowing just two of the Commodores' four total hits while fanning five to earn the win. He came on in relief of Kenny Mathews with the Titans trailing 3-0 in the fourth. Tyler Beede took the loss.
Starter Mathews struggled with control in his three-inning outing, walking two and hitting three. Three of those five free base runners came around to score on just one Vanderbilt single in the first two innings.
Joel McKeithan had the only RBI hit of the day for the Commodores. Anthony Gomez and Jack Lupo each picked up RBI with sacrifice flies.
Vanderbilt's Sam Selman was just as dominant as Wiest through the first five innings as he held the Titans to just two first-inning hits by Carlos Lopez and J.D. Davis. It was against Beede that the Titans made their breakthrough.
"Selman threw well. We were a little impatient and chased some balls early, but I was happy with the way we turned it around and took some good at bats later in the game," said Vanderhook.
Derek Legg's sixth inning single snapped a four-inning hitless streak for the Titans and he came around to score later in the inning when Beede balked with runners at the corners.
Greg Velazquez, who reached base four times on the afternoon, walked to lead off the seventh and then scored on Chapman's blast over the "monster" in left field that tied the game at 3-3.
The Titans tacked on a fourth run in the seventh after Legg's walk moved Orloff to second. Lopez then scooted a ball through the right side to bring home the fourth run of the inning. Lopez finished the afternoon with four hits, three coming in consecutive innings from the sixth to the eighth.
Vanderhook was impressed by the approaches taken on Sunday by Chapman, Velazquez and Lopez and said of the first baseman's weekend performance, "He hit lefties and righties and showed us some great two-strike hitting. Pretty crazy."
The Titans' didn't stop their barrage in the seventh. They scored another four runs in the top of the eighth off reliever Drew VerHagan. Kingsolver (RBI-single), Lorenzen (2-run single) and Lopez (RBI-single) did the damage with three of the Titans 11 hits on the day.
Dimire DeLaFuente pitched a scoreless ninth to wrap up a successful weekend in Nashville for the Titans.
Be sure to check back in with the Titans on Nov. 19 as they will be hosting a free youth clinic for all kids 12-and-under before their Family Fun Day scrimmage at Goodwin Field. That will be the last scrimmage before the winter break.