May 6, 2012

No. 8 Fullerton Tops Pacific in Sunday's Game Three



Stockton, Calif. - Fullerton's Grahamm Wiest held Pacific to three hits in a complete game shutout, as the No. 8 Titans took game three of the Big West series, 10-0, at Klein Family Field Saturday.

Sophomore LHP Kyle Crawford tossed six innings out of the bullpen for the Tigers, allowing no earned runs on six hits. He struck out four while walking none. But the Titans tallied three unearned runs off to extend a 7-0 lead after the third inning.

Freshman RHP Michael Hager started and allowed a pair of runs in the first, on an RBI double by 1B Carlos Lopez and a run-scoring single by LF Anthony Hutting.

In the second, the Titans tallied four runs, as 2B Matt Orloff and C Jared Deacon posted back-to-back singles to open the inning. Following a sacrifice and a hit by pitch, Lopez doubled home two runs and a ground out plated another. Hutting singled through the right side for a 6-0 Fullerton lead before a ground ball ended the inning.

The Titans stretched it to 7-0 in the third, as Deacon and 3B/SS Richy Pedroza each singled and RF Ivory Thomas added an RBI single.

Crawford took over on the hill for the fourth and posted a shutout frame. In the fifth, Pedroza doubled and came home on a two-out error. He retired nine straight Titans until LF Clay Williamson singled with two-out in the eighth.

In the ninth, Orloff singled with one out and after Crawford struck out Deacon, Pedroza singled to right. An error on the infield allowed an unearned run to trot home and after a single by 1B Chad Wallach reloaded the bases, another run came in on an error before Crawford got a fly out to end the inning.

Freshman 3B Taylor Murphy doubled in the third, but was left stranded. Senior DH Daniel Johnston singled in the fifth, but was left at second base, and 1B Tyger Pederson singled in the eighth, but was erased on a double-play when interference was called on the take-out slide.

Murphy, Johnston and Pederson each finished one-for-three.

Wiest struck out four, walked one and faced two over the minimum for his first shutout of the season and second complete game. His record improves to 4-3 for the Titans (30-14 overall, 12-3 Big West).

Hager took the loss to fall to 3-5 on the year, allowing seven earned in three innings on 11 hits. Crawford threw 89 pitches in the six-inning relief stint, 63 for strikes.

Pacific (11-34 overall, 1-14 BWC) will face San Francisco at home on Tuesday at 6 p.m.