FULLERTON, Calif. — Cal State Fullerton starter Dylan Floro attacked hitters all night. The right-handed junior threw a complete game as the Titans (16-9, 1-0) opened Big West conference play with a 7-2 victory over Cal State Northridge Friday night at Goodwin Field.
Northridge (11-14, 0-1) threatened in the first inning, putting runners on second and third with one out, but Floro bared down and struck out back-to-back batters to end the inning. Floro cruised for the next seven innings, allowing only three singles and a hit by pitch.
With the help of a pair of errors, the Matadors were able to break up the shutout in the ninth inning, but Floro was able to finish off Northridge for a complete game.
Offensively, Fullerton continued its singles attack with 12 hits — all of the one-base variety. Since head coach Rick Vanderhook moved into the third base coaching box on Wednesday, the Titans have knocked 30 hits in two games…and all 30 have been singles.
With a 2-0 lead, Fullerton busted open the game in the fourth inning. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases for Carlos Lopez. Lopez grounded a ball down the first base line. Marty Bowen dove for the ball, but it bounced off his glove and rolled into foul territory, allowing a pair of runs to score. Michael Lorenzen scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0, which was more than Floro needed.
Lopez, Richy Pedroza and Chad Wallach each collected three hits. Wallach, nicknamed “Big Country,” even legged out a bunt single on a two-out squeeze play.
The teams will be back in action Saturday night at 6 p.m. with Kenny Mathews (3-0, 2.14 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) scheduled to take on Northridge’s Alex Muren (5-1, 3.46 ERA, 1.13 WHIP).
Check out the photo gallery from Friday night’s Cal State Fullerton/Cal State Northridge matchup below: