Feb. 21, 2004
HOUSTON - Cal State Fullerton pitcher Ricky Romero struck out 10 in a complete-game victory to lead the Titans to an 11-0 win over the University of Houston baseball team on Saturday in the second game of a non-conference series at Cougar Field.
Although he allowed two UH hits in one inning three times, the righthander never allowed a Cougar baserunner to reach home plate in improving to 2-0. It was the first time since East Carolina took a 1-0 win on May 23, 2003 at the Conference USA Tournament that the Cougars were shut out.
All but one Titan starter had at least one hit in the game, with Kurt Suzuki batting 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs to lead the way. Justin Turner and Sergio Pedroza each rapped out two hits for Cal State Fullerton, while P.J. Pilittere added three RBIs.
Making his first career start, UH right fielder Jake Stewart batted 3-for-4. Second baseman Cole Bruce went 3-for-4 to continue his recent hot hitting, and Brett Cooley added a pair of hits in the losing effort.
UH starter Justin Vaclavik dropped to 0-1 after giving up five runs (three earned) off six hits in only two innings.
The series concludes at 1 p.m., Saturday at Cougar Field. That game can be heard live over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com. Fans also can follow the action through live stats by clicking on the Gametracker at the bottom of the main page at www.UHCougars.com.
Cal State Fullerton exploded in its first at-bat as each of the first four hitters reached safely on base hits. Suzuki provided the big blow with a two-run single through the left side of the infield, and Pedroza's sacrifice fly allowed Danny Dorn to score and hand the Titans an early 3-0 lead.
In the second inning, Hardman drew a leadoff walk and eventually scored on Ronnie Prettyman's sacrifice fly to center field for a 4-0 lead.
One inning later, Suzuki laced an RBI-single to score Dorn and eventually scored himself on Hardman's safety squeeze. The Titans struck for three more runs in the fifth inning, courtesy of Suzuki's RBI-double, a sacrifice fly from Pilittere and an RBI-single from Hardman.
The Titans capped their scoring in the sixth inning with two more runs on Pilittere's two-out, two-RBI single.