No. 9 CAL STATE FULLERTON COMPLETES SWEEP WITH 8-2 WIN OVER HORNETS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Jason Corapci went 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBI and Jon Smith threw seven solid innings to lead No. 9 Cal State Fullerton to an 8-2 win over Sacramento State Saturday afternoon at Hornet Field. The victory completed a three-game series sweep for the Titans.
Cal State Fullerton, which has now won 12 consecutive games, improved to 26-10 overall and 6-0 in the Big West Conference. The Hornets fell to 17-22 overall and 1-5 in league games.
For the third-straight day the Titans scored in the first inning to take an early lead. David Bacani made the score 1-0 when he crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Rifkin. Sacramento State, however, answered in the bottom of the inning. Aurelio Jackson led off the frame with a walk and moved to second on an error. Carlos Morales was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and Jackson scored on a sacrifice fly by Dave Lusk.
Morales' hit by pitch marked the 30th time in his two-year career that he has been plunked. The Cudhay, Calif., native moved past Dan Vetter into first place in the school's career record book.
After neither team scored in the second, the Titans posted three runs in the third behind a two-run homer by Corapci and a double by Chris Stringfellow. The 4-1 lead proved to be plenty for Smith who allowed just four hits and one earned run to improve to 7-0 on the season.
Sacramento State attempted to make the game close in the fourth inning as Chris Kinsey scored from second base on a wild pitch. From that point, CSF added one run in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh to pull away.
Bacani (2-for-4), Stringfellow (2-for-5) and Mike Rouse (2-for-4) joined Corapci with multiple hits. Rouse also hit his fourth home run of the season. The Hornet offense was paced by Kinsey. The freshman was 2-for-4 with a double. Lusk was the only other player to record an extra-base hit.
Senior Mike Miranda suffered his third loss of the season and had his four-game winning streak snapped. Miranda threw 5.2 innings allowing five earned runs and three walks. The Stockton, Calif., native also struck out five.
Sacramento State will continue its home stand on Tuesday when it welcomes Nevada. The team will then host UC Santa Barbara in a three-game series starting on Friday.
|Cal State Fullerton (26-10, 6-0)||103||012||100||-||8 ||11||1|
|Sacramento State (17-22, 1-5)||100||100||000||-||2||4||3|
WP - John Smith (7-0)
LP - Mike Miranda (6-3)
Jon Smith, Charlie Zahari (8), Wes Littleton (9) and Brett Kay; Mike Miranda, Marshall Plouffe (6), Steve Cuckovich (7), Michael Penbera (9) and Joe Evans, Dave Lusk (9).
TOP HITTERS: CSF - Jason Corapci 4x4, HR, Mike Rouse 2x4, HR, David Bacani 2x4, 2B, Chris Stringfellow 2x5, 2B; SAC - Chris Kinsey 2x4, 2B, Dave Lusk 2B.