Fullerton 5 UCLA 4
Fullerton decided to go with it’s Friday starter, Brian Wilson. UCLA decided to save ace Tim Murphy to possibly come in late in the game. The decision paid off for Fullerton, and UCLA will have to wait til next season to try and make it to Omaha.
Freshman pitcher Rob Rasmussen was coasting with the help of his defense, including Tim Murphy throwing out the speedy Christian Colon at third after a Brent Dean overthrow on a stolen base attempt. The good times didn’t last though as the Titans were able to put together a two out rally with a couple of 1st and 3rd singles by Christian Colon and Erik Komatsu. After a mound visit Rasmussen was able to get out of the inning on a Jared Clark popup to right. Continue reading
Fullerton 11 UCLA 8
Gavin Brooks started off the season as UCLA’s #1 starter, and the Bruins thought he could rekindle some of last year’s magic. They we’re wrong, and after using up more of their bullpen than they wanted in this loss to Fullerton, the Bruins are forced into an elimination game in Fullerton, where their 2007 season ended in the Super Regionals.
The Titans offense was stifled for most of their 4-1 victory over Virginia earlier in the day by reliever Matt Packer, but they started a two out rally in the first after Erik Komatsu reached first on a hit by pitch. Komatsu was able to advance to third after Bruin lefty Gavin Brooks missed his first baseman on a pickoff throw. After a four pitch walk to Jared Clark, DH Brian Wilson singled to right, scoring Komatsu and advancing Clark into scoring position. The Titans loaded the bases on a walk to Gary Brown and looked to capitalize, but Joel Weeks lined a 2-2 pitch right to Brandon Crawford to end the inning on a drive that sounded like it broke Weeks’ bat. Brooks threw 32 pitches in the first inning, limiting his longevity. Continue reading
Fullerton 4 Virginia 1
Cal State Fullerton was looking to rebound in this game after a weak performance against UCLA. Their offense caught fire early against Virginia start Pat McAnaney, and that was all they needed as Titan starter Corey Arbiso only gave up one run, throwing a complete game.
The action got started in the second inning when Pat McAnaney showed some uncharacteristic control issues, handing out free passes to the 6-7-8-9 hitters, beaning Dustin Garneau and Joe Scott. After Gary Brown scored on the bean ball and Josh Fellhauer went down on strikes, Christian Colon came through provided the offense yet again with an RBI single to left. McAnaney got Erik Komatsu to flyout to right, ending the threat with the bases loaded. Continue reading
UCLA 11 Fullerton 4
Interview w/Cal State Fullerton President Dr. Milton A. Gordon
Whether or not Jeff Kaplan’s eye was still bothering him, something was definitely off for him tonight at Goodwin Field. Kaplan faced a total of 19 batters over 3 innings, giving up 6 earned while striking out 4.
After Bruin starter Charles Brewer sent the Titan leadoff batters down in order to start the game, the UCLA offense got started when All Pac-10 2B Alden Carrithers was beaned by Titan starter Jeff Kaplan. Kaplan thought he had finished off the inning when with two strikes on Bruin cleanup hitter Casey Hearther, he started back to the dugout on what he and most of the Cal State Fullerton faithful thought was strike 3. Two pitches later, Hearther hit a hanging breaking ball out of the park to right field, giving UCLA the early 2-0 lead. Kaplan then struck out SS Brandon Crawford to end the inning, with Titan fans still yelling at home plate umpire Darrell Arnold over the potential strike three call.
UVA 8 Rider 2
Andrew Carraway dominated this game from the beginning allowing only two runs on five hits over over seven innings while striking out 10.
Coach Brian O’Connor was very happy with Andrew Carraway’s performance tonight: “Carraway I felt was in command of the game from the start, unfortunately he ran out of gas a little at the end, but he did exactly what we needed him to do, and that’s pitch deep into the ball game in an elimination game and save the bullpen.”
The offense really got going for Virginia in the fourth inning with a leadoff single by catcher Franco Valdes to center. Center field John Barr followed with a double down the left field line that could have been stopped by third baseman Mason Heyne. Tyler Cannon then grounded to third, and instead of going home with the throw to contain Valdes, Heyne threw to first to get Cannon out, while Valdes scored. With Rider being in a win or go home situation, they could have used a more aggressive performance from Heyne. Continue reading
UCLA 3 UVA 2
UCLA’s main offensive production came early on. In the first inning, after a Jermaine Curtis leadoff double and single by Blair Dunlap, Alden Carrithers grounded out, scoring Curtis. UCLA scored again in the fourth on a Mickey Weisser single, scoring Carrithers. Virginia got out of the fourth inning relatively unscathed though after Brady Dolan grounded into a double play to end the inning. Continue reading
The Cal State Fullerton Titans will be hosting a Regional this year where they will be joined by UCLA, Virginia, and Rider. The Titans have a record of 37-19 while being 16-8 in the Big West. UCLA went 31-25 while struggling in the Pac-10 with a 13-11 record. Virginia enters with a 38-21 record while going 15-15 in the tough ACC. The final team in the regional is Rider who is 29-26 while going 13-10 in the MAAC. Continue reading