FULLERTON, Calif. — It took 14 free passes and a big day from preseason All-American Michael Lorenzen, but No. 8 Cal State Fullerton scratched out another close victory. The Titans came back to beat USC 4-2 Tuesday night at Goodwin Field.
Lorenzen was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a triple. He scored the go-ahead run and drove in two more the following inning. He also pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 13th save of the season, striking out the final batter with a 98-mph fastball.
After the game, I talked with Lorenzen and Fullerton head coach Rick Vanderhook about the win and Lorenzen’s outstanding performance.
Vanderhook talked about the team’s goal of getting several pitcher’s some time on the mound after not playing for a week. He was not happy with many of the performances, but did like what he saw from Tuesday’s starter Jose Cardona. Vanderhook also discusses Lorenzen’s performance and what the Titans have to do to secure the Big West conference title:
Michael Lorenzen may have had three extra-base hits, but the one at bat on his mind after the game was a strikeout in his final plate appearance. The super sophomore claimed the strikeout was one of the reasons why he was able to consistently throw 97 mph in the final inning.
Lorenzen talked about his approach on his two extra-base hits to right field. We also discussed what it meant for him to be named to play for Team USA for the fourth time and the chance to play Cuba again: