All-season 18 hits lead to Titans win over Bakersfield

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. –Cal State Fullerton Baseball beat CSU Bakersfield, 10-7, Sunday afternoon at Hardt Field. The Titans improve their record to 10-16 and 5-4 in conference.

The Titans quickly took a 5-0 lead after scoring three runs in the first inning and two runs early in the second.

Jackson Lyon opened the scoring first with a solo home run, his third of the season, to left center field. Lyon had an outstanding game at the plate, going 4 for 6 with three runs and an RBI.

Cole Urman and Nate Nankil followed Lyon’s home run with a pair of RBI singles to put the Titans up 3-0 in the first.

After a first Jack Haley single, Caden Connor hit a two-run home run to right field to make it 2-0. Connor now has two home runs this season.

CSU Bakersfield scored two runs late in the third inning to take the Titans lead. However, Fullerton responded with a run in the top of the fourth on a Jason Brandow RBI single to extend their lead to 6-2. The Roadrunners would respond with two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to take their first lead of the game, 7-6.

Trailing by one run in the seventh inning, JT Navyac scored a single to the left side of the infield to bring Damone Hale home and tie the game at 7-7.

Fullerton took the lead in the top of the seventh inning. Lyon put themselves in position to score with a one-out double. Zach Lew pushed Lyon into third place before an RBI single from Brandow brought him home to give the Titans the lead.

Brendan Bobo came on the ball in the eighth and found a clutch RBI single to push the Titans to 9-7. A batter later, Urman notched his second RBI of the game to lead Brandow and make it 10-7. Urman went 3 for 4 at home plate with two RBIs.

The Titans recorded a season-high 18 hits in Sunday’s win, beating Bakersfield 18-8. In all three games, Fullerton beat the Roadrunners 36-27.

Freshman Evan Yates got his second start of the season and went 3.1 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits while striking out a career-high five batters.

Ryan Gil won the Titans (1-0) after throwing two shutout innings in relief. Cameron Repetti made his second save of the season after throwing two shutout innings. Gil and Repetti have allowed no hits in the last four innings.

Fullerton returns to Southern California to face UC Irvine in a midweek non-conference game on Tuesday before traveling to Michigan for a three-game series beginning Friday.

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