Lorenzen Leads No. 8 Titans To 4-2 Win Over Trojans
May 1, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Cal State Fullerton's Michael Lorenzen went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and two RBI's to lead the No. 8 Titans to a 4-2 win over the Trojans Tuesday night at Goodwin Field. USC falls to 22-18 on the season while Fullerton improves to 27-14.
"We just have to continue to compete no matter what the adversity may be," said head coach Frank Cruz. "Today we happened to have more walks than Fullerton did and it proved costly. I just tell the guys to stay with the process and bring the same compete level every day. We will be ready to go this weekend."
In the second inning, Dante Flores singled up the middle to bring the hot-swinging James Roberts to the plate. Roberts proceeded to double to the gap in left center to score Flores who beat the throw to the plate as he barreled into catcher Jared Deacon with a head-first slide for the 1-0 lead. With the double, Roberts extended his hitting-streak to 18 games.
Roberts started at shortstop for the first time since April 5; after it was determined that Adam Landecker would be sidelined for the rest of the season with a hand injury sustained in Sunday's game against Oregon State.
"I feel comfortable in the field and with the bat right now," said Roberts. "The main thing is just being healthy. I have been battling a few different things this season but for the first time I'm feeling good. As far as the numbers and statistics, I don't worry about them. It's about the approach. Those things will take care of themselves."
Fullerton starter Jose Cordona would depart after the second inning and so would begin a merry-go-round of seven Titan pitchers sent to the mound on a planned staff day. Koby Guana (4-3) allowed only two hits in 2 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win.
Ben Mount was relieved by Brandon Garcia (L 3-5) in the third inning but he would only last 1 1/3 innings as he allowed a walk and a double of the right field wall to open the fifth. Bobby Wheatley entered to face Anthony Hutting who grounded out to second to score Carlos Lopez and even the game at 1-1. J.D. Davis followed with a hard chopper to third that was bobbled by Kevin Swick allowing Michael Lorenzen to cross with the go-ahead run.
Things went south for the Trojans in the sixth as Wheatley walked the first two hitters and Lorenzen cleared the bags with a triple to the right field corner to stretch the lead to 4-1.
Sean Spear came off the bench in the eighth and singled up the middle to score Flores from second cutting the lead to 4-2. That would cap USC's scoring for the night.
Lorenzen transitioned from center field to the mound to secure his 13th save of the season as he retired the Trojans in the ninth without allowing a hit.
USC returns to action this weekend as they host the Washington Huskies for a three-game series at Dedeaux Field.