Titans crush UA in opener

By Craig Degel

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Cal State-Fullerton head coach Augie Garrido said he didn't know how to evaluate the Arizona baseball team because he hasn't seen them playing their best.

But after yesterday, the UA should have no problems evaluating the Titans.

CSF scored 10 runs on 13 hits en route to defeating the UA 10-2 before a crowd of 614 at Sancet Field.

"They're a very good team," said starter Ryan Frace, who took the loss for the Wildcats. "They're one of the best in the country, there's no doubt about that."

Fullerton scored all of its runs in a four-inning span off of Ryan Frace and Shawn Barrington.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the only offense they could muster was John Powers' second home run of the year in the sixth off Titans starter John Ward who earned his first win of the year and a run in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Kimson Hallibaugh, who got the save.

"We hit the ball well today, but didn't score many runs, obviously," said UA head coach Jerry Kindall. "If we continue to hit the ball hard then they'll drop in for us."

The Wildcats will see if they can do just that today in the second game of the series. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. Ben White (0-1, 4.26 ERA) will start for Arizona, and Tim Dixon (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will throw for the Titans. The series will conclude Sunday with an 11:00 a.m. game.

Tomorrow, the Wildcats will play their annual All Pro Alumni game at 1 p.m. at Sancet Field.

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