FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton erupted for four runs in the sixth inning to break open a 2-0 contest and defeated Cal Poly 6-1 in the opener of a three-game Big West Conference baseball series Friday night at Goodwin Field.
Cal Poly, which stranded seven runners on base in the first four innings, suffered its fifth loss in the last six games, falling to 21-15 on the year and 5-5 in Big West games, tied for third place with UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara.
Cal State Fullerton, ranked No. 12 by Baseball America this week, improved to 25-12 and 8-2. The Titans are alone in first place in the Big West after Long Beach State fell to UC Irvine 4-0. Anteater pitcher Andrew Thurman pitched a no-hitter with five strikeouts.
Cal State Fullerton has won four straight while Cal Poly suffered its third straight setback, its longest losing streak of the season.
Cal State Fullerton scored single runs in the second and third innings and added four in the sixth for a 6-0 lead. Left fielder Anthony Hutting provided the key hit in the sixth, an RBI double.
Despite the loss, Cal Poly outhit Cal State Fullerton 10-9, led by Allen (pictured above) with three singles. Wise and catcher Chris Hoo each added a pair of singles.
Third baseman Richy Pedroza, center fielder Michael Lorenzen and Hutting each had two hits for Cal State Fullerton.
Junior right-hander Dylan Floro (6-3) scattered 10 hits over eight innings, allowing one run and no walks with eight strikeouts. Dimitri DeLaFuente tossed a scoreless ninth.
The loss went to Mustang junior right-hander Joey Wagman (5-3) as he allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in five-plus innings with no walks and four strikeouts.
Cal Poly has produced double-digit hits in each of its last seven games, but has lost five of them.
Second game of the series will be played Saturday night at 6 with senior southpaw Kyle Anderson (6-1, 2.08 ERA) on the mound for Cal Poly against freshman left-hander Kenny Mathews (4-0, 3.10 ERA).
The series finale is scheduled for Sunday at 1 o'clock.