FULLERTON, Calif., -- The Sooners’ winning streak was halted at eight games by No. 4 Cal State Fullerton on Saturday in the 2005 Kia Bash at Goodwin Field. OU kept it close for seven innings against its second ranked opponent (No. 12 Arizona State was the first) of the season but suffered a 7-0 loss to the Titans. It was a pitching dual between OU’s Steven Guerra and CSF’s Ricky Romero for most of the contest. Unfortunately for Guerra, it marked the first loss of the year for the junior who pitched 5.1 innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits, while striking out three and walking one.
OU found itself trailing first in the ball game for just the fourth consecutive time this season. In the past three games, OU rallied in each instance to record the victories but against the No. 4 Titans it proved to be a difficult task as Romero was solid on the mound for CSF.
OU had a golden opportunity against Romero in the top of the fourth inning with runners on second and third with one out, but back-to-back strike outs by the Titans’ hurler ended the Sooners’ threat.
The Sooners tried to return the favor in the bottom half of the inning as the Titans had runners on first and second with one out, but after Guerra recorded a strike out it was CSF’s Ronnie Prettyman with a two-out single that scored the game’s first run. That was all the Titans could manage in the frame as the pitcher’s dual continued on.
The Titans added another run in the fifth inning to take the 2-0 lead and with that cushion, Romero continued to cruise into the seventh inning. Meanwhile, for OU, junior P.J. Sandoval took over the mound and lasted 1.2 innings.
It was in the seventh that OU put together its best scoring opportunity since the fourth frame with runners on first and second and just one out. However, Romero showed the Sooners more of the same as he recorded two consecutive strike outs for his 12th and 13th of the ball game, a season high. His outing ended after seven innings of five-hit ball and Vinnie Pestano would come in out of relief to start off the eighth.
Freshman Joe Dunigan delivered a pinch-hit single to start off the Sooner eighth inning and advanced to second base on a balk but the Sooners could not produce the base hit to score their first run. OU stranded seven base runners on the evening and committed a season high three errors in the team’s first shutout of the year.
It was a competitive game through seven innings until Cal State Fullerton opened things up with five more runs in the eighth, Sandoval was responsible for two and junior Daniel McCutchen was held accountable for the remainder of the runs as he entered the game in the bottom of the eighth and finished out the contest.
The Titans’ Pestano recorded his second save of the season after entering the game with a 2-0 lead. Romero, a preseason All-American, improved to 4-0 while Guerra fell to 2-1.
Junior Russell Raley extended his team-high 11 game hitting streak with a 1-for-4 performance. Junior Ryan Rohlinger turned in his second multi-hit game in as many days with a 2-for-4 game.
The loss drops OU to 8-3 while Cal State Fullerton improves to 10-2 and the Sooners will play the final game of the tournament against Nevada at 1 p.m. (CST). That game will be aired live on KOKC 1520 AM with Chuck Kelly on the play-by-play.