March 2, 2009

Courtesy of Fullerton

Fullerton, Calif. - Junior right fielder Khris Davis was 4-for-4 and belted three home runs and drove in six to propel No. 7 Cal State Fullerton to a 9-3 victory over visiting No. 14 Stanford Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Field.

With the win the Titans completed the weekend sweep of the Cardinal and improve to 5-2 on the year, conversely, Stanford falls to 2-5. The sweep for Fullerton over Stanford is the first since the opening weekend of the 2007 season.

Davis was the star of the show on Sunday homering in his first three at bats to becoming the first Titan since Aaron Rifkin in the 2001 Super Regional to collect a trio of round-trippers in a game. The Glendale, Arizona-native hit his first two home runs off eventual losing pitcher Max Fearnow (0-1), the second knocking the Cardinal hurler out of the game with two out in the third. His third of the day came off reliever Jordan Pries in the sixth.

Tyler Pill (1-0) was the beneficiary of Davis' power surge, as the freshman picked up his first career win after tossing 5. 1 innings of four-hit ball. Pill struck out five and walked one and allowed just two runs, the first a home run by Zach Jones in the third inning, the second coming on an RBI-single by Kellen Kiilsgaard in the sixth.

The Titans took a five one lead after three, thanks to Davis and a Nick Ramirez RBI-fielder's choice to drive in Christian Colon who had doubled to lead off the inning. They extended to 6-2 with Davis' third home run, then put the game out of reach with a three-run seventh inning off Pries. Colon scored the Titans' seventh run on a Drew Storen wild pitch and the eighth and ninth runs came across on RBI-singles by Jared Clark and Davis, with Davis finishing his day with a perfect 4-for-4 performance.

Stanford starter Fearnow worked a total of 2.2 innings on the mound, and allowed six of the Titans' 10 total hits while allowing five earned runs. Pries worked four innings in relief while allowing four additional runs.

After Pill, the Titans used five relievers (Jason Dovel, Noe Ramirez, Ryan Ackland, Kyle Mertins and Michael Morrison) the final 3. 2 innings, with Mertins allowing the only Stanford run from the pen.

Colon and Dustin Garneau had two hits apiece, joining Davis with multi-hit performances on the afternoon. Jones and Kiilsgaard had two each for Stanford.