May 28, 2010
FULLERTON, Calif. - Eighth-ranked Cal State Fullerton accomplished something that very few teams have been able to do this season, silence the Matador bats, as both Cal State Northridge (29-25, 9-13 BWC) and Cal State Fullerton (39-15, 19-3 BWC) starting pitchers went the distance in CSUN's 6-0 defeat Friday evening.
After Fullerton scored the first three runs of the game in the bottom of the first inning, senior right-hander Billy Ott kept his team in the game and preserved their chance to win with his eight-inning, four strikeout effort against the Titans.
In his last start against Long Beach State last Friday, Ott threw 7.2 innings to set a new career high for innings pitched until topping it once again with his effort in Friday's game.
Knowing that his start against Fullerton would be his last as a Matador, Ott threw everything he had against the Titans, forcing Fullerton to make the most of every at-bat and out in each inning if they wanted to take Friday's series opener.
As disciplined as they were at the plate, and as aggressive as they were on the basepaths when given the opportunity, the Matadors just ran into a starting pitcher that was able to induce ground balls when necessary, escaping any dangerous scoring opportunities that CSUN created, and preserved the initial three-run lead for the duration of the contest.
Both teams will return to Goodwin Field tomorrow as a pair of right-handers in Matador starter Justen Gorski (4-2, 5.89) and Titan starter Noe Ramirez (9-1, 2.74) will face one another Saturday evening. First pitch will take place at 6:00 p.m., both an internet broadcast and GameTracker will be available at GoMatadors.com.
Matadors 000 000 000 - 0 4 1
CSU-Fullerton 301 001 10x - 6 14 1
Win - Floro (7-0) Loss - Ott (2-2) Save - None
T - 2:21 A - 1419