Feb. 22, 2004
HOUSTON - Cal State Fullerton exploded offensively in two big innings to take a 9-4 win over the University of Houston baseball team Sunday in the finale of a non-conference series at Cougar Field.
After scoring five runs in the fourth inning to take a three-run lead, the Titans (6-6) added four more runs in the seventh inning to put the game away.
Danny Dorn batted 4-for-5 with two runs, a double and RBI to lead the Titans, who outhit the Cougars 10-8. Sergio Pedroza went 2-for-5 with a run, double and game-high four RBIs.
CSF starter Ryan Schreppel improved to 1-1 after scattering four runs off seven hits with a pair of strikeouts in seven innings. UH starter Garrett Mock dropped to 0-2 after giving up five runs off six hits with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work.
The Cougars (2-5) scored twice in their first at-bat. Travis Tully, Brett Cooley and Bruce laced three consecutive singles, with Bruce's smash through the right side of the infield scoring Tully. Cooley then scored the second run of the frame on Patrick Breen's RBI-groundout.
However, Cal State Fullerton exploded for five runs off five hits in the fourth inning. Kurt Suzuki started the rally with an RBI-single and Pedroza followed with a two-RBI triple down the right field. P.J. Pilittere added an RBI-single, and Neil Walton capped the scoring with an RBI-double.
The Cougars cut into that deficit in the next half-inning. After drawing a walk, Stuart Musslewhite stole second base and moved to third on a groundout. Johnson then sliced a line drive down the right field line to score Musslewhite and put the score at 5-3.
The Titans put the game away in the seventh inning with four more runs on Pedroza's two-RBI double, Dorn's RBI-single and a sacrifice fly from Pilittere.
UH added another run in the bottom of the seventh inning on Jake Stewart's RBI-single but that would be as close as the Cougars would get the rest of the day.
The Cougars will now take some time off before returning to action next weekend against No. 8 Long Beach State in a three-game series at Cougar Field. That series begins at 4 p.m., Friday and continues at 7 p.m., Saturday before wrapping up at 1 p.m., Sunday.
Fans should note that Friday's game time was recently moved up from the original schedule due to a conflict with the women's basketball team.
Friday's 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.