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20070218 Miscues Costly as Baseball Falls for the First Time
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Release: 02/18/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN></B><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on">FULLERTON</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State> ? No. 8-ranked Cal State Fullerton took advantage of three early <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> errors and right-hander Jeff Kaplan tossed a complete-game, six-hit shutout, as the Titans snapped UA&rsquo;s season-opening nine-game win streak with a 9-0 victory at Goodwin Field on Saturday. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 9-1 on the season, while the Titans ended a modest two-game skid and improved to 6-2 on the year.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Aided by a two-out error by freshman shortstop <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743892"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743892">Robert Abel</A></A>, the Titans jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Chris Jones reached on the misplayed <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>grounder and came around to score on a triple by Nick Mahin in the next at-bat. Senior John Curtis followed with a well-hit ball that fell just short of his first career home run, but still resulted in an RBI-double to hand CSF the two-run advantage after one.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The defensive woes continued for <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> in the second when back-to-back two-out errors paved the way another run to score for <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fullerton</st1:place></st1:City>. CSF&rsquo;s Clark Hardman got things started with an infield single to second baseman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743909"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743909">Kevin Rodland</A></A>. The freshman infielder tried to make a play on the ball, but rushed his throw to first base for a throwing error that allowed Hardman to advance to second. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>A miscommunication on a pickoff attempt on Hardman at second base resulted in a throwing error by catcher <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743901"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743901">Dwight Childs</A></A> and advanced the Titan base runner 90 feet. Shortstop Joel Scott made the Wildcats pay in the next at-bat with a run-scoring single to push the lead to 3-0.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fullerton</st1:place></st1:City> then exploded for six runs on five hits in the third to ultimately put the game out of reach at 9-0. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Meanwhile, Kaplan (1-0), who surrendered three of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s six hits in the first two innings, held the potent UA offense in check for the rest of the night. He finished the contest with 11 strikeouts against just one walk and retired the Wildcat side in order in five of his nine innings of work. Kaplan&rsquo;s effort resulted in the first shut out loss for <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> in 82 consecutive games. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>UA&rsquo;s <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=38681"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=38681">Brad Mills</A></A> (2-1), who was stymied by three of a season-high five errors in the contest, was charged with his first loss of the season after surrendering eight runs, five earned, on six hits over 2 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two in defeat.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222543"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222543">T.J. Steele</A></A>, who finished 2 for 3 with two doubles, extended his carry over hit streak from last season to 17-straight games with a two-bagger in the second. Sophomore classmate <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222519"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222519">Brad Glenn</A></A> chipped in with a pair of hits in four ABs in the losing effort.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>UA and CSF will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday at 2 p.m. MST. Sophomore right-hander <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222516"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222516">Mike Colla</A></A> (1-0) is the scheduled starter for the Cats.</FONT></P>
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