April 23, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. -
Apr. 24 at USC, 7 p.m. (Dedeaux Field) (GT, WEB)
CSF: Adam Jorgenson, RHP (2-0, 3.96 ERA)
USC: Tommy Milone, LHP (2-4, 6.15 ERA)
Apr. 27 at UC Riverside (GT, WEB, BWTV)
Apr. 28 at UC Riverside (GT, WEB, BWTV)
Apr. 29 at UC Riverside (GT, WEB, BWTV)
LAST WEEK'S REULTS
18-1, win over Pacific (at Goodwin Field)
2-0, win over Pacific (at Goodiwin Field)
12-1, win over Pacific (at Goodwin Field)
UPDATE: Riding a season-best 7-game winning streak, the Titans visit USC for a single game Tuesday night and then play another critical Big West Conference series this weekend at UC Riverside.
The winning streak began with an Apr. 10 home win over the Trojans and has carried through series sweeps of sub-.500 clubs in UC Davis and Pacific. Riverside is coming off a series win over Cal Poly and has legitimate title aspirations of its own. Again this week only two games separate the top six teams in the Big West standings.
Fullerton outscored Pacific, 32-2, over the weekend, winning 18-1, 2-0 and 12-1. Both Tigers runs were unearned as Wes Roemer and Michael Morrison made solid starts and Jeff Kaplan came up with his second complete-game shutout of the season in the most competitive game on Saturday.
Kaplan (7-2) earned Big West pitcher of the week honors for his 5-hitter, which included 2 walks and 7 strikeouts in a 2 hour, 6-minute gem. Evan McArthur got player of the week accolades after hitting his first two home runs of the season in a 6-for-11 series with 8 runs and 5 RBI. Other hitting stars were Clark Hardman (7-for-14 with 5 RBI), Nick Mahin (4-for-9 with 5 RBI) and Joe Scott (5-for-11 with 6 RBI ), who is 9-for-15 with a team-high 8 RBI in the last four games to erupt from a 2-for-48 slump.
Roemer (6-4) went 6 innings in Friday night's win, which took a lot of extra groundskeeping to make happen after all-day rain that stopped shortly before game time. He fanned six and allowed only 3 hits and three relievers pitched scoreless, one-hit relief.
Morrison (5-1) won his first weekend start of the year with 5.1 innings of work, allowing 4 hits and 4 walks. A quartet of relievers pitched scoreless, one-hit relief.
VERSUS USC: Over the years Fullerton and USC have played each other fairly close as the Titans hold a slim 39-33-1 advantage all-time over the Trojans since 1976. Narrowing it even further, the Titans hold just a 14-12 advantage under the tutelage of George Horton (since 1997). The two teams have squared of seven times in the post season and once in the College World Series. USC has won four of the seven, but the Titans won the one that mattered most...the 1995 National Championship Game at Rosenblatt Stadium by a score of 11-5. THe Titans won the last meeting on Apr. 10, 7-1.
BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cal State Fullerton third baseman Evan McArthur hit a team-leading .545 and hit his first two homers of the year in the Titans' three-game sweep over the Pacific Tigers last weekend. The senior from Medford, Ore. Was 3-for-4 with a pair of walks and five runs scored in the 18-1 pounding over the Tigers on Friday night. He also hit his first home run of the season and doubled in the win. On Sunday, his second home run of the weekend, proved to be the game-winner, as Fullerton won 12-1. McArthur finished the series with another 3-for-4 effort on Sunday, again missing the cycle by just a triple. His 14 total bases, 1.273 slugging percentage and .615 on base percentage also led the team adding to multiple fine fielding plays at the hot corner.
CO-BIG WEST PITCHER OF THE WEEK: A night after the Titans pounded out 18 runs on 16 hits, Jeff Kaplan tossed his second complete-game shutout of the year last Saturday night (Apr. 21), surrendering five hits while striking out seven in the Titans' slim 2-0 win over Pacific. He made quick work of the Tigers, finishing the game in just 2:06 and held them to just a .167 batting average. Kaplan retired the first six Tigers he faced and then set down the final 10 and struck out four over the last three innings to seal his team-leading 7th win of the year, dropping his ERA to 3.20. The righty is the only Titan hurler to have a shutout to his credit.
ON THE ROAD: The Titans are hitting just .268 on the road and have posted a 12-6 record away from home. Nick Mahin is leading the team with a .348 batting average with 2 home runs (tie) and 13 RBI (tie). John Curtis and Clark Hardman lead squad with road hits, each collecting 21 in the 18 games away from Goodwin Field. Four of Jeff Kaplan's wins have come on the road and five of Adam Jorgenson's six saves this year has beenin front of the opponent's fans. Justin Klipp has the team's best ERA at 1.72, while the team has a 4.07 ERA.
TUESDAY'S STARTER: In his only other start this season, Adam Jorgenson tossed six innings against midweek opponent Pepperdine on Mar. 13 at Goodwin Field. He tied a season-high by surrendering four earned runs walking two and striking out four. Jake Vasquez's bases-loaded, two-run single broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the seventh and handed Michael Morrison, on in relief, the win.
* With the win on Sunday, the Titans extended their winning streak to seven games, a season high.
* The Titan pitchers over the team's seven-game winning streak have dropped their team ERA from 4.09 to 3.67 while holding the opponent's hitters to a .209 batting average. Michael Morrison has picked up three wins while Wes Roemer and Jeff Kaplan have each notched two.
* Going into Apr. 15's double header with UC Davis, Joe Scott was just two for his last 44 at bats. Since then, the sophomore from Corona, Calif. has led the team over the last five games at the plate, hitting .600 (9-for-15). Over that span, the Titans are a perfect 5-0 and he has two doubles a triple and a team-leading eight RBI to show for it.
* Clark Hardman continued his hot hitting, picking up a team-leading seven hits on the weekend, hitting .500 against Pacific in the leadoff spot. Hardman's five RBI tied him for the second most on the team, but also set a career-high in RBI when he drove in his 32 of the year on a single to center in Sunday's 12-1 route of Pacific.
* All the starters except Josh Fellhauer (.182) and Corey Jones (.100) are hitting over .316 over the Titans seven-game winning streak. Frehman Khris Davis is leading the way hitting at a .435 clip (10-for-23). Clark Hardman is leading with 13 hits and Evan McArthur is pacing the squad with two homers and nine RBI.