FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton Titans’ junior right-hander Thomas Eshelman was typically brilliant, striking out 14, in hurling a complete game shutout as the Titans downed the No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raider 4-0 on Friday night at Goodwin Field. Eshelman allowed five hits and a walk in a 119 pitch effort in which he fired 89 strikes.
Eshelman surrendered a hit to start the game to Red Raiders’ third baseman Tanner Gardner but didn’t allow the miscue to set the tone for the evening as he retired 12 straight Texas Tech hitters in the middle innings to keep them off the board.
The junior also retired the last six hitters he faced, fanning five, after facing his only jam of the night when he allowed a lead-off single to Texas Tech’s Cory Raley (DH) and a walk to Quinn Carpenter (RF) in the eighth inning. Eshelman struck out the next three hitters in the inning to get out of trouble.
Eshelman was dominant with two-outs allowing just one, two-out hit all night, a single with nobody on to catcher Tyler Floyd in the sixth.
Texas Tech helped out Eshelman’s effort by running themselves into outs in the first and second innings with Gardner getting caught stealing in the first and Hunter Hargrove (CF) was thrown out at second as he tried to extend a single into a double in the second.
The Titans’ offense gave the right-hander all the support he would need with a three-run, sixth-inning rally in which they hit three doubles. Josh Estill led-off the inning with a double and was driven in by Jake Jeffries’ double to right and would later score himself on AJ Kennedy’s two-run double down the left field line to give Cal State a 3-0 lead.
Jerrod Bravo would tack on another run with an eighth inning triple before scoring on a wild pitch.
Cameron Smith took the loss for Texas Tech after allowing three earned runs over 5.1 innings of work on three walks, five hits while striking out seven.