No. 9 Cal State Fullerton Sweeps Santa Clara
FULLERTON, Calif. - Pat Stover hit a three-run homer in the second inning to put Santa Clara University in front early at No. 9 Cal State Fullerton, but the Titans came roaring back to score seven in the bottom of the inning en route to winning an 18-11 slugfest at Goodwin Field Sunday.
Due to commencement exercises at Cal State Fullerton, Sunday's game began at 3:30 and was called after eight innings due to Santa Clara's travel curfew.
Stover had a career-high five hits, going 5-for-5 with four RBI for Santa Clara (21-30). Stover's classmate, freshman leadoff hitter Matt Ozanne went 3-for-3 with two doubles.
However, the Broncos' 17 hits were not enough. The SCU defense committed four errors and the home standing Titans touched up SCU pitching for 19 hits. Cal State Fullerton (37-15) completes the sweep, winning Friday 8-0, Saturday 6-4 and 18-11 in the finale on Sunday.
Nick Ramirez homered during Fullerton's seven-run second inning off Chris Mendoza (4-6) and Jon Hughes. Mendoza was charged with four runs and Hughes eight as the Titans built an 11-3 lead before Hughes was lifted in the fifth.
Fullerton scored in every inning but the first. Right fielder Carlos Lopez had three hits, including a three-run homer off Hughes. Lopez drove in six runs. Starter Dylan Floro (6-0) allowed 12 hits but picked up the win.
Santa Clara will return to the Los Angeles area to play three games at Loyola Marymount next weekend, which concludes SCU's 2010 schedule.