Nashville, Tenn. - Cal State Fullerton rallied for eight runs in the final three innings to beat Vanderbilt 9-3 Sunday afternoon at Hawkins Field in the final game of the DeMarini Fall Classic.
The Commodores took a 3-1 lead into the top of the seventh inning when the Titans scored four runs to claim the lead. A two-run homer from Matt Chapman tied the game before a sacrifice fly from Michael Lorenzen and RBI-single from Carlos Lopez delivered the lead. Fullerton added four more runs in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach.
Vanderbilt struck first with a run in the first inning with the benefit of a hit thanks to Anthony Gomez's sacrifice fly that scored Tony Kemp, who walked to lead off the inning. A sacrifice fly from Jack Lupo scored a run in the second and Joel McKeithan's RBI-single gave VU a three-run lead after two innings. However, the Commodores' offense struggled the rest of the way collecting just three hits over the final seven frames. Kemp, Lupo, McKeithan and Vince Conde each had one hit for the Dores. Lopez paced the Titans with four hits and two RBI with Lorenzen driving in three runs.
Grahamm Wiest picked up the win in relief with five scoreless innings. The right-hander fanned five and allowed two hits. Tyler Beede took the loss giving up five runs, three earned, on four hits in 1.2 innings. Vandy starter Sam Selman was sharp over five innings, not allowing a run and fanning four.
The Commodores open the 2012 season at Stanford on February 17 before opening up at home against Oakland on February 22.