Cal State Fullerton falls short 3-1 in today’s final game of the rivalry series. The Titans and the Dirtbags found themselves in a pitchers dual through the 7th inning. Cal State Fullerton’s junior Right Handed Pitcher, Andrew Quezada pitched a complete six innings only giving up four hits, no walks, one strike out, and gave up zero runs. Long Beach State’s junior Left Handed Pitcher, Clayton Andrews pitched 7 and 2/3rd innings only giving up one hit, two walks, six strike outs, and allowed the Titans only run of the game.
If there were a player of the game it would definitely be Long Beach’s Clayton Andrews. Andrews had two of the five hits and scored two of the three runs for the Dirtbags. Fullerton’s Head Coach Rick Vanderhook prepared his team going into today to face Andrews and the team just could not make the adjustment. Vanderhook gave credit where credit was due, “That guy right there is the Golden Spikes winner for me.”
“You can’t win if you can’t score”, said Coach Vanderhook. The Titans bats are currently struggling and coach is not too happy about it. At the end of the day the little things win ballgames. Like taking advantage of a lead off double, getting the bunts down to move the runner into scoring position and eliminating the strike outs. Vanderhook said his team needs to learn how to play baseball. Frustrated with how his team has been playing but most upsetting for him is that he is giving them the answers to the test. He is preparing the team to win and giving them the scouting report on the pitchers they are facing. However,the Titan offense continues to do it their way.
Cal State Fullerton’s pitchers are getting the job done and keeping them in the ball game but with no help offensively there is only so much they can do. The Titans have a day to wake their bats up before they take on USC in another midweek home game on Tuesday.