April 23, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Trevor Mortensen's fifth-inning grand slam tied the game and the Titans went on to score seven more runs as Cal State Fullerton rallied from a 5-1 deficit to defeat UC Davis 12-7 in a nonconference baseball game Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 21-16 on the season while the Titans clinch the series and improve to 29-11.
Both teams scored runs in the first but it was the Aggies taking control early as they added a run in the second and three more in the fouth. In that three-run fourth, back-to-back singles from Grant Hirneise and Brandon Oliver put runners on the corners with one out. Ryan Royster followed with his third triple of the season, a deep shot to the gap in left center. Royster came home one out later on Daniel Descalso's sacrifice fly to right, pushing the Aggie lead to 5-1.
Fullerton answered right back in the fifth as with one out and the bases loaded, Mortensen slammed his first home run of the season over the wall in left, tying the game. The Titans added three more runs in the seventh, only one of them earned, as they strung together four singles to take an 8-5 lead.
The Aggies drew as close as 8-7 in the eighth following an RBI single from Hirneise, but that was as close as they came. UC Davis committed two of their season-high six errors in the ninth inning as Fullerton put up four more runs to put the game out of reach. Bobby Andrews had a two-run single while Brandon Tripp added another RBI single as the Titans earned their second win in as many games against the Aggies.
Michael Potter started for Uc Davis and went five innings, allowing five runs on six hits while striking out four. Justin Fitzgerald went the next 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits as he suffered his second loss of the year. Offensively, Hirneise finished with three hits while Tyler LaTorre added two doubles and two RBIs.
Wes Roemer went 7.2 innings for the Titans as he picked up his fourth win of the year against one loss. He allowed seven runs on 11 hits before giving way to Dave Pherrin in the eighth, who picked up his first save of the year in retiring all four batters he faced.
Fullerton pounded out 15 hits on the afternoon, four from Andrews, along with three RBIs, while Mortensen added three hits, three runs and four RBIs.
These same two teams conclude their three-game series Sunday at Dobbins Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.