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.
FULLERTON, Calif. — It’s always better to travel home after a win, even if you’ve already lost the series. The No. 14 Oregon Ducks will be able to hold their heads a little higher as they travel home Sunday night after a 9-1 victory.
The Ducks (8-3) were able to take the series finale with No. 17 Cal State Fullerton Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Field, handing the Titans their first loss of the season.
Two early errors allowed Oregon to jump out to a 3-0 lead and Fullerton (10-1) was unable to get anything going against freshman Cole Irvin. He improved to 3-0, scattering eight hits over seven innings. Irvin allowed one run as he struck out three while only walking one.
Ryan Hambright led the Ducks offensive attack with three hits and three RBI. Ryon Healy, Brett Thomas, Shaun Chase and J.J. Altobelli all recorded multi-hit games as Oregon knocked 14 hits. Continue reading
FULLERTON, Calif. — Coach George Horton’s squads have always been known for their pitching, strong defense, putting pressure on the defense and the ability to take advantage of other teams’ mistakes. On Friday night at Goodwin Field, it was the school that he formerly coached that did all those things to Horton’s Oregon team.
Thomas Eshelman pitched his first collegiate complete game and improved to 3-0 as Cal State Fullerton’s Friday night ace as the No. 17 Titans (9-0) knocked off No. 14 Oregon by a score of 8-2 despite only six hits.
Eshelman was lights out, allowing only four hits and two runs in the nine-inning, 95-pitch effort. Senior Anthony Hutting led the offensive support for the freshman. Hutting singled home a run in the fourth inning to tie the game and hit an inside-the-park home run two innings later. Fullerton scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings — three runs on one hit in the fifth inning and four unearned runs in the sixth.
FULLERTON, Calif. — The Cal State Fullerton Titans stayed perfect on the season slugging their way to a doubleheader sweep of Nebraska Saturday at Goodwin Field. Fullerton (3-0) pounded out 24 hits in the pair of games.
The Titans took the first game 10-5 behind the sticks of J.D. Davis and Jared Deacon and walked away with the 9-0 victory in the second game, allowing only four hits in the game.
FULLERTON, Calif. — In front of a sold out crowd, Thomas Eshelman became the first true freshman to start Opening Night for Cal State Fullerton since Mark Beck in 1987. He didn’t disappoint. He pitched six strong innings without allowing an earned run to help the Titans to a 3-2 win over USC Friday night at Goodwin Field. 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.
IRVINE, Calif. — Rivals UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton split the first two games of their Big West conference series during Saturday’s doubleheader at Anteater Ballpark.
UC Irvine (18-13, 4-4) won the first game 4-1 thanks to an outstanding performance from sophomore starting pitcher Andrew Thurman (3-2). He pitched eight hitless innings before Austin Kingsolver broke up the no-hitter with an infield single on a chopper up the middle.
The Titans threatened in the ninth inning after a pair of walks loaded the bases, but Race Parmenter closed out the game, inducing a pair of ground balls for a double play and the final out.
Tommy Reyes had a big RBI single and Kris Paulino also drove in a run for the Anteaters.
After only one hit in the first game, Cal State Fullerton came out with their bats on fire in the second matchup. The Titans pounded 18 hits and ransacked the ‘Eaters 13-2. Fullerton chased Irvine starter Crosby Slaught (3-3) in a seven-run second inning. On the other side, Kenny Mathews really picked up the Titans. He allowed only two runs on six hits in seven strong innings. He didn’t walk a batter while striking out seven.
Cal State Fullerton had six batters record multiple-hit performances in the second game. Clay Williamson, in only his second career start, led the way with a pair of hits, including a bases-clearing triple in the second inning. Michael Lorenzen and Matt Chapman also had three RBI.
FULLERTON, Calif. — Behind two impressive starting pitching performances, the Cal State Fullerton Titans defeated rival Long Beach State with a pair of come-from-behind 2-1 wins Friday at Goodwin Field.
Dylan Floro won the first game pitching eight innings, allowing one run on seven hits while striking out five. In the second game, the win went to freshman Kenny Mathews, who allowed five hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings.
After the game, I talked with Mathews and Fullerton (12-6) head coach Rick Vanderhook. Vanderhook discussed Mathews’ rapid development this season and the fight his team has shown this season. He also talked about how the team turned things around at Texas A&M last weekend: Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — USC scored seven unanswered runs Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field to take a 7-4 win over No. 19 Cal State Fullerton. The Trojans (9-3) used 13 singles, including five in a five-run seventh inning, to knock off the Titans (9-4).
After the game we talked to each team’s head coaches. Continue reading
FULLERTON, Calif. — Cal State Fullerton scored the final five runs Wednesday night at Goodwin Field to take a 6-2 win over Loyola Marymount. It wasn’t pretty, but the Titans won their fourth consecutive game to improve to 5-3 on the season.
After the game we talked to each team’s head coaches, who were both disappointed with the way their teams played. Continue reading