June 1, 2012
CBI Live: #1
Oregon 6, #4 Austin Peay 5
Around the Regionals
Scores & Schedules
Fullerton Foils Indiana State
By Taylor Gelbrich
Ore. – Cal State Fullerton took all
the free passes that Indiana State had to offer on its ride to a
9-5 victory Friday in the opener of the Eugene Regional.
The Titans, known for their West Coast style of
baseball, took advantage of all the free base runners to fuel
their small-ball offense: The Sycamores handed the Titans five
walks, four hit-by-pitches and two errors.
“Extremely disappointed in our performance
today,” Indiana State coach Rick Heller said. “Probably the
worst game we have played the whole season, more free bases than
we have given all season, poor execution.”
The Sycamores battled and fought all game but
weren’t able to overcome the errors and walks. They used six
different pitchers throughout the game.
Ivory Thomas had only one hit for the Titans
(36-19), but scored twice and drove in three.
Fullerton’s Grahamm Wiest looked to be cruising
to another win after being given an early 5-1 lead but started
to give ground to ISU (41-18) in the middle innings. He finished
with five runs and seven hits over 5.2 innings of work. Koby
Gauna (5-3) picked up the win after throwing 3.1 innings of
one-hit ball for the Titans.
On the other side of the diamond, ISU starter
Dakota Bacus, just didn’t have his stuff. He allowed five runs
on five hits and issued four walks in 2.2 innings, a far cry
from his season stats of a 2.37 ERA and 7-4 record. Reliever
Tyler Pazik (0-1) took the loss with one run on one hit in 2.2
innings of work.
“Basically everything didn’t work out,” Bacus
said. “In the bullpen I felt great, I looked good and came out
and basically just laid it in.”
Fullerton got right to things in the first. After
a Richy Pedroza groundout, the Titans loaded the bases with a
base hit and back-to-back walks. With a full count, Anthony
Hutting hit a fielder's choice to give the Titans their first
run of the game. Matt Chapman followed up with an RBI single to
right-center for a 2-0 lead.
Fullerton added another run to its lead in the
second, taking full advantage of more free passes by Bacus.
Anthony Trajano led off with a hit-by-pitch and moved to second
on a balk, which led to a sacrifice bunt. With runners on first
and third, the Titans made it 3-0 on a safety squeeze by Thomas.
Indiana State responded in the third. Ryan
Walterhouse looked fooled on the breaking ball, but kept his
hands back and drove a ball down the left-field line for a
leadoff double. Koby Kraemer laced a ball up the middle for an
RBI single to cut the Fullerton lead to 3-1. Wiest pitched out
of the inning with a double-play ball and an inning-ending
Fullerton scored for the third straight inning
and chased Bacus. Fullerton used a walk and three base hits in
the inning to pad its lead to 5-1 after three.
The Sycamores wouldn’t go away that easy. ISU
started off the fourth inning with three straight base runners
on two walks and a base hit, but Wiest was able to limit the
damage to a run by inducing a double play with the bases loaded.
Indiana State came back with a vengeance in the
sixth. The Sycamores used two base hits, a double, and a triple
to tie the game at 5. The offensive resurgence resulted in an
exit by Wiest.
But Fullerton answered back in the bottom of the
sixth. After a lead off base hit and a hit-by-pitch, Fullerton
regained the lead 6-5 on a sacrifice fly from Thomas. The Titans
used two hit-by-pitches and five base hits to increase their
lead to 9-5 in the eighth.
The Titans will face the winner of the Oregon and
When Fullerton coach Rick Vanderhook (pictured
above), who assisted Oregon coach George Horton with the Titans,
was asked if he was rooting for or against his mentor, he said,
“I have to root for Oregon. I don’t care who we played tomorrow,
but it’s you know its Coach, I’m not going to root against him
just because I don’t want to play him. I want him to win just as
he wanted us to win.”
(photo by Matt Brown)