Fullerton sweeps season series of LMU
Pedroza scored three times as Fullerton improved to 37-14
Fullerton, Calif. -- Tyler Pill had 3 hits and was one of seven Titan pitchers to check Loyola Marymount on 5 hits as Cal State Fullerton completed a seasonal 3-game sweep of the Lions Wednesday night with an 8-1 non-conference victory.
Richy Pedroza scored three times as No. 9-ranked Fullerton improved to 37-14 while LMU fell to 26-22. LMU scored only 2 runs on 13 hits in 27 innings this year against Titan pitching, also losing 5-1 in March and 5-0 in April.
Fullerton is idle until a May 24 home game versus the University of San Diego.
Jake Floethe (5-3) went the first 3 innings for the Titans to get the win and six relievers following with shutout innings. LMU starter John Lally (2-4) went 2.1 innings and took the loss.
The Titans scored in each of the first six innings after spotting LMU a 1-0 lead in the first when Jonathan Johnson tripled to left center with one out and scored on a grounder to second by Alex Guthrie.
In the bottom half, Pedroza bunted for a single with one out, stole second and scored on Pill's single to right field. With two out and Carlos Lopez at second in the second, Jared Deacon singled behind second base with Johnson making a nice stop to save a run temporarily. Deacon was then picked off first but got hung up in a rundown and shortstop Shon Roe threw wide to home to allow Lopez to steal home.
Pedroza sparked another tally in the third for Fullerton. He drew a one-out walk, went to third on another Pill single to right and scored when Nick Ramirez greeted reliever Matt Florer with a sacrifice fly to left.
Fullerton scored twice in the fourth without a hit. Lorenzen walked and Lopez was hit by a pitch. Both moved up on a wild pitch and Lorenzen scored on Greg Velaszuez' sacrifice fly and Lopez came home as Deacon bounced out to third.
Pedroza reached for a third time with one out in the fifth and Pill followed with his third single to right. Ramirez doubled into the left-field corner to score Pedroza and chase Florer. Lorenzen greeted reliever Sean McIntyre with a single to right that scored Pill.
Deacon tripled leading off the sixth when Zac Fujimoto lost his deep fly ball. Deacon scored as Keegan Dale grounded out to short.