Cal State Fullerton baseball loses their away season opener at Stanford University on Friday, falling to the Cardinal 1-5 in the first game of their three game series.
In their first game of the regular season, the Titans had to travel up to one of the top projected teams in the nation. Stanford proved they’re worthy of a no. 13 overall ranking by beating no. 17 Fullerton impressively at home. Fullerton is now 22-24 all time in season openers, and 4-14 when starting their season out on the road.
Stanford did most of their damage from the jump, as they would score in three consecutive innings. Third baseman, Tim Tawa would start off the run with an RBI in the second inning. Catcher, Maverick Handley would score two of his own in the third inning on a wild pitch and an RBI single. After two more runs in the fourth, Stanford took a 5-0 lead into the sixth inning; where Sahid Valenzuela would RBI Fullerton’s one run in the game.
Tristan Beck (1-0) got the win for Stanford, throwing for 6.0 innings, while giving up just one run and four hits. Beck also threw for five strikeouts in the game, while impressively giving up just one walk. Colton Eastman (1-0) gets the loss for the Fullerton side of things as he played just 4.1 innings, while giving up four earned runs and three strikeouts
It was a bit of revenge for the Cardinal, as they return the favor by handing Fullerton their first loss of the season just as the Titans did to Stanford last year. There was even more drama added to this season opener, as Fullerton was also responsible for ending Stanford’s run in the playoffs last year.
The two will meet again today at 1 pm PT as the Titans look to tie up the series.