NEW ORLEANS, La.–It was a game that had it all: huge crowd, national attention and two of the top left-handed pitchers in the country on the mound.
While Tulane's Brian Bogusevic posted nine strikeouts in a 6.0-inning start, it was Cal State Fullerton's Ricky Romero who stole the spotlight as the No. 1 Green Wave fell to the No. 3 Titans, 15-1, Friday evening in front of 4,085 fans at Turchin Stadium.
The Titans out-hit the Green Wave 16-4, including three hits each by second baseman Justin Turner and first baseman Brett Pill, and Pill led all players with five RBI. With the loss, Tulane saw its winning streak end at five to fall to 14-2 on the year. Cal State Fullerton, meanwhile, ran its winning streak to eight to improve to 13-2.
Romero (4-0), a first-team preseason All-America selection, had five less strikeouts than Bogusevic (3-1), but kept the Tulane offense off balance all day in scattering four hits and two walks in 6.1 innings of work. Through the first six innings, Romero allowed just three base runners and did not allow a runner past first base.
In the meantime, the Titans' offense would score a run in the first and two more in the third before breaking the game open with five in the seventh, two in the eight and another quintet in the ninth. Tulane avoided the shutout in the seventh when senior designated hitter Scott Madden ripped a leadoff double to left, advanced to third on a deep fly ball by senior catcher Greg Dini, and scored on an RBI-single off the bat of rookie left fielder Will Rice.
It did not take long for Cal State Fullerton to get things going as Turner hit a one-out double and right fielder Sergio Pedroza followed with a triple to give the Titans a 1-0 lead three batters into the ballgame. Bogusevic would get out of the inning without any more damage done, and pitch his way out of a two-on nobody out situation one inning later.
In the third, however, the Titans would make it 3-0 courtesy of an RBI single by Pill and a run-scoring double by designated hitter Felipe Garcia.
The score would remain that way until the seventh when the Titans' Trevor Mortensen led off with a pinch-hit single before Turner and Pedroza walked to load the bases with nobody out, chasing Bogusevic from the game. Junior reliever Ricky Fairchild got the first man he faced – Pill – to fly out to right for a sacrifice fly, but a walk to left fielder Danny Dorn set up a bases-clearing double by Garcia to put the game away.
Madden put Tulane on the board in the seventh, but Pill would make it a 10-1 game with a two-run homer in the eighth and the Titans would plate five in the ninth to close out the scoring.
Tulane and Cal State Fullerton continue the series on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Zephyr Field, and close out the weekend on Sunday at Turchin Stadium with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. For ticket information to this weekend's games, as well as future Green Wave Athletics events, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.
SATURDAY TICKET INFORMATION: The series between Tulane and Cal State Fullerton continues on Saturday at Zephyr Field beginning at 2 p.m., and tickets are still available for that game at $9 each. The Zephyr Field Box Office will open at 10 a.m. and the tickets can also be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (504) 861-WAVE from 9-10:30 a.m.
No. 1 Tulane Falls To Fullerton State, 15-1
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