Huck Flener allowed seven hits over 7 1/3 innings and Cal State Fullerton made the most of its opportunities to post a 7-2 victory Tuesday at Pepperdine.
Flener, a sophomore left-hander, improved to 4-0 by holding Pepperdine (9-8-1) scoreless until the sixth inning. By then, the Titans had taken a 7-0 lead.
The Titans took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Rex Peters doubled home one run and scored the other. Peters has a hit in all 17 Fullerton games this season.
Fullerton (11-6) scored three times in the third, thanks in part to pitcher John Kuzmic’s wildness.
Kuzmic hit Mate Borgogno with a pitch to open the inning, committed a balk and threw a wild pitch before walking Peters and Brent Mayne. David Staton hit a two-run single and later scored on a double by Randy Graves.
Borgogno singled home a run in the sixth and scored on Mayne’s sacrifice fly to cap the Titans’ scoring.
Flener left with runners on first and third and one out in the eighth. But Chris Robinson got Jim Doyle to hit into a double play, then struck out two batters in pitching a perfect ninth inning.
In a California Collegiate Athletic Assn. baseball game:
Chapman College 9, Cal State Northridge 3--Rod Turner hit two home runs and had three RBIs, and Mike Grahovac knocked in two runs with two doubles for visiting Chapman (10-10, 4-1). David Bird pitched his third consecutive complete game in conference play. Northridge is 10-3, 3-2.
In men’s college tennis.
UC Irvine 8, North Carolina State 1--Host Irvine, ranked seventh nationally, swept the singles competition. At No. 1, Trevor Kronemann defeated Alfonso Ochoa, 6-4, 6-2, for his sixth victory in a row. At No. 2, Mark Kaplan beat Glen Philp, 6-3, 6-2, and at No. 3, Mike Briggs beat Eddie Gonzalez, 6-4, 6-4.