May 4, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - Junior Wes Roemer pitched his fourth complete game of the year and struck out a career-high 13 Gauchos as Cal State Fullerton (28-16, 8-5) defeated visiting UC Santa Barbara (19-22, 7-6), 12-1, in a Big West Conference match-up Friday night at Goodwin Field, snapping a season-high four-game losing streak.
Roemer (7-5) dazzled, facing the minimum for 5.2 innings after a first-inning single by Robbie Blauer. He also seemed to get stronger as the game progressed, picking up eight of his strikeouts in the sixth through the eighth innings. During that span he struck out eight of the nine hitters he faced including five in a row, and the entire side in the eighth, all three of which were caught looking.
The Gauchos did get six hits off the Titan ace, with first baseman Blauer collecting two, including the Gaucho's only extra base hit (a double) in the seventh.
Fullerton coming off five straight games without reaching the 10-hit plateau, collected 11 Friday night, seven of which came off starter Chuck Huggins. Huggins (6-2) worked 3.1 innings and allowed eight earned runs, walking five and hitting two in the losing effort.
Nick Mahin continued his hot hitting, picking up a team-leading three hits on the night, and was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. His two-run triple in the first proved to be the game-winner as the junior went on to tie his career-high with five RBI.
Catcher John Curtis was 2-for-2 including a two-run homer off reliever Bryan Fleming that capped the Titans' four-run fourth. It was Curtis first-career home run at Goodwin Field and third of the season. The senior finished with three RBI on the night.
Roemer carried a shutout going into the ninth inning, facing just two over the minimum, but back-to-back singles by Shane Carlson and Chris Fox set up the only Gaucho run. Patrick Rose's grounder to third moved both runners into scoring position and Blauer's groundout to second broke up the shutout.
The two teams will hook up again Saturday night as Jeff Kaplan (7-3, 3.26 ERA) and Mike Ford (2-1, 5.66 ERA) square off in the second game of the three-game series.
TITAN NOTES: Wes Roemer inched closer to the NCAA record for most hit batters in a career. With 58 hit batters, Roemer sits just eight away from tying the somewhat dubious honor...Nick Main extended his team-leading hitting streak to five games.