Blake Davis' suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the 11th scored Joe
Turgeon with the winning run as fourth-ranked Cal State Fullerton beat
UNLV, 9-8, in a nearly five-hour long marathon at Goodwin Field Friday
The Titans improved to 1-3 with the win and avoided their first-ever 0-4
start. UNLV fell to 0-1.
After Turgeon led off the 11th with a single off Matt Minor (0-1), he
advanced to second on the Rebels' fifth wild pitch of the night and moved
to third on a sac bunt by Kurt Suzuki. UNLV intentionally walked both
Brandon Tripp and Danny Dorn to load the bases for Davis.
Davis, in just his second career at bat, laid down the first pitch down
the third base line and Rebel third baseman Brent Johnson had no play.
Scott Sarver (1-0), who pitched a scoreless inning, picked up the win
for the Titans.
Fullerton trailed, 8-6, heading into the bottom of the eighth, but scored
once in the eighth on Brett Pill's RBI-groundout and tied the game in
the ninth when Kurt Suzuki's hard one-hopper to shortstop was enough to
plate Bobby Andrews.
Felipe Garcia went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Suzuki was 2-for-4 with
a pair of RBI. UNLV shortstop Peter White was 4-for-4 with a two-run homer
and reached base in all six plate appearances.
The Titans and Rebels will meet again on Saturday at 6 p.m.