Defending National Champ And No. 3 Cal State Fullerton Hands No. 6 Stanford First Loss, 5-3

Feb. 4, 2005

Fullerton, Calif. - Defending national champion and No. 3 Cal State Fullerton (1-0) handed No. 6 Stanford (3-1) its first loss of the season with a 5-3 victory over the Cardinal in the opener of a non-conference three-game series at on Friday. The Cardinal led 3-2 in a game that was played in front of a Goodwin Field record crowd of 3611 until the Titans scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning with Justin Turner's two-out, two-RBI single snapping a 3-3 tie to provide the winning margin.

Ricky Romero and Adam Jorgensen combined on a three-hitter and struck out 11 Cardinal batters. Romero (1-0) earned the victory by scattering three runs (two earned) and three hits with seven strikeouts and three walks over the first 6.0 innings. Jorgensen allowed just two walks and struck out four over the final 3.0 frames to pick up the save in his first collegiate appearance.

Stanford starter Mark Romanczuk (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) and four hits with five walks and three strikeouts over the first 5.2 innings. Matt Leva (2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 SO) finished the game for the Cardinal.

Cal State Fullerton's Neil Walton (2-3, RBI, SB) was the only player for either team with a multiple-hit contest in a game that also had no extra base hits and only 10 hits overall.

Jed Lowrie had one of Stanford's three hits, an RBI infield single in a two-run Cardinal third, and also scored a seventh inning run that tied the game at 3-3.

The teams continue their series on Saturday (6 pm, PT) and Sunday (1 pm, PT). Stanford RHP Jeff Gilmore (1-0, 0.00) is slated to go up against Cal State Fullerton LHP Ryan Schreppel (0-0, 0.00). Sunday's scheduled starters are RHP Greg Reynolds (0-0, 8.10) for the Cardinal and LHP Scott Sarver (0-0, 0.00) for the Titans.

A full recap will follow.

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