No. 5 Fullerton Takes Game Two From Pacific, 11-6
Fullerton, Calif. - CF Tyler Sullivan doubled twice and drove in two, but Fullerton's Jake Jefferies drove in seven and hit for the cycle as the No. 5 Titans downed Pacific 11-6 Friday at Goodwin Field. 1B Erik Lockwood and LF Brett Sullivan each homered as Pacific tallied 11 hits, but dropped game two of the series.
Pacific racked up six extra base hits off Fullerton pitching, but Jefferies picked up three of Titans' four extra-base knocks. He singled in two in the first, doubled in two more in the third, tripled in a run in fifth and hit a two-run homer in the sixth.
Tyler Sullivan finished three-for-five, while C Jason Taasaas turned in a three-for-three night at the plate with a double and a walk. Lockwood finished two-for-four with an RBI and two runs scored.
Pacific starter RHP Cory Popham departed after just two-thirds of an inning due to an apparent injury. He walked three, allowed one hit and four runs, none earned. The Titans plated four after loading the bases with a one-out error, a walk and a wild pitch and an intentional walk, a balk, and two-run single by Jake Jefferies.
RHP Bryce Lombardi entered and recorded the final out of the first. In the second, Richy Pedroza tripled and scored on a Carlos Lopez groundout. In the third, Fullerton put together back-to-back singles and Jefferies doubled home a pair of runs to make it 6-0.
Pacific got on the board in the fourth, as Lockwood singled, Taasaas walked and Lockwood came in on a wild pitch.
In the fifth, DH John Haberman singled to right and J.J. Wagner doubled down the right field line to set up second and third. Sulliver doubled to left to cut the deficit to 6-3.
Fullerton answered with two in the bottom of the fifth as RHP Patrick Weigel hit a batter and Jefferies tripled in a run. Austin Diemer followed with an RBI single before RHP Jake Jenkins entered to get the final two outs of the frame.
Jefferies added a two-run homer in the sixth to complete the cycle.
The Tigers added three in the eighth, as Lockwood and Brett Sullivan hit back-to-back solo home runs to lead off the inning. It was the first of the season for each, both coming off freshman RHP Joe Navilhon.
Jenkins struck out four in 2.2 innings of work for Pacific.
Araj finally retired Jefferies in the eighth, putting up a zero before Michael Lopez finished the ninth for Fullerton.
Fullerton's Justin Garza (6-0) picked up the win, allowing three earned runs in six innings while striking out seven. Popham was saddled with his first loss of the season.
The Tigers fall to 7-14 on the year, while No. 5 Fullerton improves to 24-4. Game three of the series is Saturday at 2 p.m.