Trailing by two in the final inning, the Wildcats had runners on second and third and no outs, but couldn’t find the key hit to bring them home.
Eric Berger led off the frame with a single to left off of Titan closer Vinnie Pestano. Pinch hitter David Plante followed with a single up the middle to place runners on first and second for the Wildcats with no outs.
Pestano advanced pinch runner Richard Stout and Berger to second and third on a wild pitch to move the tying run into scoring position, but after a mound conference with head coach George Horton got Jon Gaston to tap the ball back to him for the first out, struck out Stephen Pearson and ended the game on a ground ball out by Colt Sedbrook to second base.
The ninth-inning heroics on Saturday earned Pestano his team-leading seventh save of the year and preserved the win for starter Lauren Gagnier (5-3). UA’s Preston Guilmet was charged with the loss after giving up four runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings of work.
CSF jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Justin Turner homered to left with one out in the third and pushed the advantage to 4-0 in the fourth on two-run single by Bryan Harris.
After Fullerton added a run in the eighth on an infield single by Clark Hardman to make it a 5-1 lead, the Wildcats countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning on a two-run triple by Bill Rhinehart.
The Wildcats, who have lost by two or less runs in five of their last six defeats, will attempt to stave off a second straight series sweep on Sunday when the two schools meet up for the weekend finale. Left-hander Brad Mills is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.