The loss was the third straight two-run defeat at the hands of
Trailing 2-1 after five and half, Donald handed the Wildcats their first lead of the series with his second homer of the season with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. His 16th career blast plated Brad Boyer, who had singled one batter earlier, to hand UA a 3-2 lead.
The one-run advantage evaporated quickly however, as reliever David Coulon surrendered a solo home run to the first batter he faced to lead off the top of the seventh. CSF’s Justin Turner hit the left-hander’s 3-1 offering over the center field wall to even the game at 3-3.
After a scoreless eighth for both teams, the Titans completed the weekend sweep with a pair of runs on three hits in the top of the ninth.
Turner, who finished 2 for 5 with two RBI and pair of runs scored, came up with his second clutch hit on the day with a one-out double to left center off of Mike Colla to plate Evan McArthur for a 4-3 lead, and came around to score himself on a single by Blake Davis in the next at bat.
The Titan bullpen then slammed the door in the bottom of the inning, as a Ryan Paul struck out Boyer on three straight pitches, and closer Vinnie Pestano retired Donald on a grounder to short and struck Bill Rhinehart looking for his third save on the weekend and his eighth of the year.
Coulon (0-2) was charged with the loss after surrendering the go-ahead run in the ninth. The sophomore southpaw gave up two runs on two hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Boyer, Donald and catcher Konrad Schmidt accounted for UA’s three hits on the day.