March 5, 2007
Irvine, Calif. - Outstanding performances by pitcher Sean Urena and right fielder Chris Jones propelled Cal State Fullerton to a series win over nationally-ranked Rice and earned the duo Big West Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week Honors.
Urena baffled the Rice lineup on Sunday Mar. 4, in a complete-game one-hit performance that secured the Titans' 16th-consecutive series win. He struck out a career high six batter and faced just three Owls over the minimum to improve to 3-0 on the year. The Rialto-native held the owls to a .036 batting average and plowed through the lineup in just two hours, twenty-five minutes, the shortest game of the season for Fullerton.
Jones, in four games against San Diego State and No. 6 Rice, hit .429 with six hits in 14 at bats in the week that saw the Titans go 3-1. The San Clemente-native shared the team lead in hits with six, but posted six RBI and a .643 slugging percentage to lead the team also scoring thee runs. The first of Jones' three doubles on the week capped a six-run first inning that ensured the Titans their first victory over Rice on Friday night. He later doubled, singled and scored two runs and finished a perfect 3-for-3. On Sunday, his third double of the weekend proved to be the game-winning hit, bringing home a pair of runs in the second inning off Rice All-American Joe Savery. The right fielder jumped his batting average from .234 to .279 with the solid effort at the plate.
The Titans next travel to Greenville, North Carolina this weekend to take on the East Carolina Pirates in a three-game series on the east coast. Jones is expected to be in right field for the series and Urena is slated to throw on Sunday in his normal spot in the rotation.