FULLERTON, Calif. ?- No. 2 Cal State Fullerton scored seven runs on 12 hits and twice worked out of bases-loaded jams to even the three-game series against No. 10 Arizona at one win apiece with a 7-1 victory at Goodwin Field on Saturday.
The loss dropped the Wildcats to 16-8 for the year while the Titans snapped a two-game losing streak and improved 15-4 with the win.
After Arizona’s Chris Frey rallied to tie the game at 1-1 with a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning, the Titans plated three runs in the bottom of the inning on a RBI double by Blake Davis and a two-run single off the bat of Justin Turner for a 4-1 advantage before adding a single run in the seventh and two in the eighth to win going away.
The Fullerton defense meanwhile bailed starting pitcher Ryan Schreppel out of a pair bases loaded jams with two of season-high three double plays hit into by the Arizona offense.
Trailing 1-0 with one out in the fourth, the Wildcats loaded the bases on walks to Jeff Van Houten and Nick Hundley and a Jordan Brown single. CSF infielder Brett Prettyman ended the threat on grounder off the bat Jason Donald by forcing Brown out at third and throwing to first to narrowly beat Donald for the double play.
Trailing by four with one out in the seventh, Arizona filled the bases for a second time but came up empty-handed again when Brad Boyer hit into a double play at second base to end the inning.
The Wildcats went quietly in the eighth and the ninth to end a modest two-game winning streak.
Schreppel (4-0) picked up his fourth win of the year, giving up just one run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four in the game. Wes Roemer picked up his first save of the season after working out of the bases loaded jam in the seventh and holding Arizon scoreless over the final two innings.
UA’s Kevin Guyette (4-2) was charged with his second loss of the year after giving up five runs on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked just one.
Offensively, the Titans offense were paced by Turner’s 2 for 4, 3-RBI night and Davis’ 2 for 3, two-run effort.
The two schools will meet up for the rubber game of the three-game series at 1 p.m. PST. UA left-hander Eric Berger will take the mound as the starter for the Wildcats.