No. 6 Fullerton Too Much For Wildcats
May 6, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. – No. 6 Cal State Fullerton withstood an early Arizona lead and handled the Wildcats over the final seven innings of the game, as it completed the two-game sweep on Wednesday night at Goodwin Field.
For a second consecutive night, the host Titans (34-12) had all the early answers against the visiting Wildcats (22-23).
Arizona jumped on top of the Titans with a two-run top of the second inning. Bobby Coyle, the Pac-10 leader in triples, laced a triple to right field to score Jett Bandy, who earlier reached on an infield single.
Brad Glenn the drove home Coyle from this with his team-leading fifth sacrifice fly of the season, putting Arizona in front, 2-0.
However, like they did early on Tuesday night, the Titans had had an emphatic answer.
Khris Davis singled and scored on a double by Nick Ramirez. With Ramirez on third one out later, Joe Scott drove in a second run with a sacrifice fly to even the game at 2-2.
The Titans threatened to break open the game, taking a 3-2 lead later in the inning and put runners on the corners with one out.
CSF tried to steal a run with a sacrifice bunt attempt in which Arizona retired the batter, Jeff Newman, at first base and the runner trying to score from third, Joey Siddons, in an unconventional double play to escape further damage.
But the Titans put the game on cruise control from there, thanks to an exceptional performance by the pitching staff. A total of six CSF pitchers – none of whom pitched more than two innings – limited the Wildcats to just eight hits in the ball game, including just one from the third through sixth innings.
Arizona starter Kyle Simon suffered the loss, as he allowed five runs – four earned – in 2 1/3 innings of work. He was lifted in the third inning after 50 pitches, as was the plan with the pre-arranged mid-week staff.
UA’s bullpen held the Titans to just two runs over the final five innings, but the Wildcats’ offense could only muster single runs in the seventh and ninth innings.
Arizona will return home for a seven game homestand that will close out the 2009 home schedule. The Wildcats host Loyola Marymount in a three game set May 9-11. The first game of the series begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
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