Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fullerton beats Aztecs again

It wasn't as sloppy as last week, but the result was the same.

No. 7-ranked Cal State Fullerton defeated San Diego State 7-2 Tuesday at Tony Gwynn Stadium, returning to the scene of last week's 8-6 Titans win.

Last week's game was marked by mistakes — on both sides — the Aztecs just made more of them than Fullerton did.

The Aztecs (4-5) got out to a 2-0 lead tonight, scoring on two-out singles by Brandon Decker and Mitch Blackburn. SDSU got just two more hits — Guy Willeford's single in the seventh and Matt Parker's single in the ninth — the rest of the way.

SDSU freshman right-hander Ryan O'Sullivan, who made his first career here against the Titans last week, cruised through the first three innings, allowing just a second-inning single. Fullerton pushed a run across against O'Sullivan in the fourth, however, slicing into a 2-0 Aztecs lead. The Titans added three more runs in the third off the Valhalla High alum. He wasn't hit hard (three singles), but the Titans (6-2) used the hit-and-run effectively to make something happen.

O'Sullivan's line last night: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

The numbers were similar last week — 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO — but O'Sullivan appeared more composed this time around. His progress bears watching this season.

Now about that offense . . .

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