LONG BEACH, Calif. — Cal State Fullerton freshman Thomas Eshelman needed only 62 pitches to get through seven innings as he shut down rival Long Beach State in a 5-0 non-conference win Friday night at Blair Field.
Michael Lorenzen provided the offense, knocking a solo home run in the second inning to put Fullerton ahead (for good since Eshelman and reliever JD Davis only allowed two Long Beach baserunners). Lorenzen also doubled deep to left-centerfield.
Carlos Lopez brought in a run in the third inning with an RBI single over the shortstop’s head. Chad Wallach made it 3-0 after he scored on an error in the seventh and the Titans blew open the game with three runs in the eighth inning. Keegan Dale got an RBI with a bases loaded walk and Austin Diemer completed the scoring with a two-run single.
But Eshelman was the story as he pitched seven innings, allowing only one baserunner on a low-lining flare by Eric Hutting, younger brother to Fullerton’s Anthony. Eshelman picked up the win to improve to 5-1 while JD Davis had two strong innings out of the bullpen (see That’s Filthy section). Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — Coming off its first two losses, No. 10 Cal State Fullerton showed a sense of urgency early and often against USC Wednesday night at Dedeaux Field. The Titans (11-2) scored eight runs in the first two innings enroute to an 11-4 win.
A makeshift USC lineup, decimated by injuries, struggled to put together hits against Fullerton starter Koby Gauna, who picked up his second win of the season. Gauna allowed only three hits and no walks in five scoreless innings before the game turned into a playing-time scrimmage where everyone got an opportunity.
The Titans had no such trouble against Trojans starter Brent Wheatley. They scored three runs in the first inning and added five more in the second inning, chasing Wheatley (7 runs, 6 earned runs on 7 hits) after only an inning and a third.
College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 6 on our Top 100 Countdown is Cal State Fullerton’s Michael Lorenzen. The 6’3 outfielder from Fullerton, California was selected in the 7th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Continue reading
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.
FULLERTON, Calif. — USC head coach Frank Cruz usually leaves all the mound visits and pitching changes to assistant coach Dan Hubbs, so when he strolled to the mound in the sixth inning it was for more than to just bring in another reliever.
When home plate umpire Steve Fritzoni walked to the mound to break up Cruz’s mound visit, Cruz engaged Fritzoni in a spirited discussion. The home fans grumbled about the lengthy trip to the mound, but Cruz wanted an explanation for the umpire’s tight strike zone.
What had Cruz bothered Tuesday night at Goodwin Field? USC’s pitchers, who entered averaging 3.1 walks per game, issued a season-high 12 walks (and hit two batters) in a 4-2 loss to No. 8 Cal State Fullerton (27-14). Three of Fullerton’s four runs reached via base on balls.
USC (22-18) actually outhit the Titans 8-6, but a 12-2 base-on-balls discrepancy and an outstanding performance from preseason All-American Michael Lorenzen was too much for the Trojans to overcome. Continue reading
FULLERTON, Calif. — I caught up with centerfielder/closer Michael Lorenzen after Cal State Fullerton’s series-clinching 11-10 victory against Texas Christian Sunday afternoon. Continue reading