May 4, 2007
FULLERTON, Calif. - Junior pitcher Wes Roemer, the 2006 National co-Player of the Year, tossed a complete game six-hitter to lead Cal State Fullerton (28-16 overall, 8-5 in the Big West) to a 12-1 win over visiting UC Santa Barbara (19-22 overall, 7-6 in the Big West) on Friday night at Goodwin Field.
Roemer, who has struggled at times this year, allowed just six hits and one run on Friday night. In addition, he struck-out 13 Gauchos and walked just one as he improved to 7-5 on the season. UCSB lefty Chuck Huggins went 3.1 innings and allowed eight earned runs, dropping to 6-2 on the year.
Fullerton didn't waste any time jumping into the lead. After Santa Barbara failed to score in the first inning, the Titans notched three runs in the bottom of the first frame. Center fielder Clark Hardman and left fielder Josh Fellhauer were each hit by pitches from Huggins to put two runners on with no outs. Right fielder Nick Mahin then drove a triple to dead center field, scoring Hardman and Fellhauer and giving Fullerton a 2-0 lead. Catcher John Curtis then walked and one-out later, first baseman Matt Wallach hit a deep sacrifice fly to Chris Fox in center field, scoring Nahin and giving Fullerotn a 3-0 lead.
The Titans added a run in the third inning when Fellhauer singled and then stole second and third. One out later he came home on a fly-out by third baseman Evan McArthur, making the score 4-0.
CSUF iced the game by scoring four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.
In the fourth, shortstop Joe Scott started things with a single on the infield. A single to center by Hardman advanced Scott to third base. Fellhauer then grounded out to score Scott and moved Hardman to second. A line-drive single to center by Mahin brought Hardman home. Catcher John Curtis the walloped a Huggins pitch over the center field wall to cap the inning and give his team an 8-0 lead.
The Titans scored four more runs in the fifth inning. A two-run double by Mahin, an RBI double by Curtis and a run-scoring single by Wallach keyed the inning, giving Fullerton a 12-0 lead after five.
UCSB scored the final run of the game in the ninth, breaking-up Roemer's shutout.
Freshman Gunnar Terhune singled to left. Center fielder Chris Fox singled on the infield and Terhune moved to second. After a groundball out by third baseman Patrick Rose advanced the runners, first baseman Robbie Blauer grounded out, scoring Terhune for the Gauchos only run of the game.
Santa Barbara collected just six hits for the game and Blauer had two of them. He was 2-for-4 on the evening. Fullerton was led by Mahin who went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and five RBI. As a team, the Titans had 11 hits.
UCSB and Cal State Fullerton will play game two of the series at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night at Goodwin Field in Fullerton, Calif.