April 11, 2008
FULLERTON, Calif. - The Titan's Jeff Kaplan baffled hitters all evening and rode a wave of hits to a 12-0 win Friday night at Goodwin Field in Fullerton California. Cal State Northridge was game, but couldn't pull off what would have been a monumental comeback in the late innings.
Northridge accomplished two goals in the first: working the pitch count and putting together a threat. After sitting down the first two Matadors e faced, Titan starter Jeff Kaplan put runners on the corners after walking John Parham and allowing a single to Richard Cates. He did, however strikeout Dominic D'Anna to get out of the jam.
Northridge starter Ryan Juarez also got into a jam, loading the bases after a pair of bloop singles and a hit batsman, and managed to induce a grounder that looked like two. The ball chopped high to second baseman TS Reed, however, and after getting the first half of the double play shortstop Justin DeMarco threw the second half away. Two runs scored on the play, and Juarez got out of the inning with a ground out.
After blanking Northridge in the top of the second, the Titans got back to the bats, using two hits to fuel a two-run inning and push their lead to 4-0. Peter Mendez relieved Juarez before he could finish the inning.
Just one of the four runs that Juarez surrendered went as earned.
The script continued in the third, with Northridge getting blanked again in the top half before getting in hot water in the bottom half. Mendez loaded the bases with only one out before surrendering a bases-clearing double down the left field line.
Kaplan made it four straight shutout frames in the fourth and never slowed down, facing 14 consecutive batters without surrendering a hit and finishing with a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts to boot.
Northridge waited until the ninth to stage its most serious bid to break up the shutout, putting men on second and third with two down. The threat fizzled, however, and the Matadors dropped their 14th consecutive match up with Cal State Fullerton.
Northridge did extend a five-game streak of not allowing a run after the sixth inning. Billy Swanson was 2-for-3 in the loss.
The Matadors look to fell the Titans Saturday in the continuation of their current three-game set. Phil Hann takes the ball for the Matadors in the contest, slated to start at 7 p.m.