Cavs respond strong to Garneau homer, lead 4-2
Dustin Garneau stopped Virginia from repeating its first-inning fashion by sending a two-run homer -- his fifth long ball and 28th RBI of the year -- well over the left-field wall in the top of the second, scoring Jared Clark and putting Cal State Fullerton up 2-0.
But the Cavs didn't let the Titans get away with it.
Steven Proscia responded in the bottom of the inning with a double to left field that almost reached the wall. Daniel Renken walked Jarett Parker, which John Hicks capitalized on with a base hit to left that third baseman Joey Siddons couldn't grab. Parker scored on the play to put the Cavs on the board 2-1.
Franco Valdes followed by flying out, but with Proscia and Hicks on, Keith Werman wouldn't give up his turn at bat. Werman knocked off foul ball after foul ball with a 2-2 count until making a huge hit up the middle that speedy Gary Brown just missed while lying flat-out. On the play, Proscia scored from second and Hicks moved to third.
Renken continued his strike-zone struggles, walking Tyler Cannon to load the bases. Danny Hultzen took advantage with a nice ball into left field that scored Hicks and Werman to put the Cavs up 4-2 before Phil Gosselin's groundout ended the inning.