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Fuller, Odenwaelder lead Titans to nightcap victory over Mavericks

POSTED June 28, 2013
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn

Nick Fuller (Soph, UMass Dartmouth) led the Torrington Titans to a 5-2 win in game two of their doubleheader against the Seacoast Mavericks. Fuller allowed two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. The Titans got to the .500 mark for the first time with the win.

 Fuller, Odenwaelder lead Titans to nightcap victory over Mavericks

TORRINGTON - Nick Fuller had a tough act to follow Friday night but was up to the challenge and helped the Torrington Titans get back to .500.

Fuller allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings and Mike Odenwaelder drove in four runs as the Titans completed a doubleheader sweep with a 5-2 victory over the Seacoast Mavericks at Fuessenich Park.

The wins improved Torrington's record to 8-8 and moved them within two games of first place in the FCBL. Torrington had not been .500 all season after losing its first four games of the year. The Titans look to move over .500 for the first time this summer on Saturday when they travel to take on the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs on Saturday.

Following Mike Gibbons, who tossed a no-hitter in the first game of the doubleheader, Fuller (UMass Dartmouth) was sharp until running into some trouble in the seventh. Fuller (2-0) walked three and struck out five before being lifted in the top of the seventh with the bases loaded.

Alex Disanto (SUNY Old Westbury) got the final two outs for Torrington to record his fourth save of the season.

Odenwaelder (Amherst) has been swinging a hot bat lately and staked the Titans and Fuller to a quick lead in the bottom of the first. Odenwalder drove in the first run of the game and scored later in the inning as Torrington took a quick 2-0 lead.

With Fuller in control, the Titans added to the lead in the third. Kyle Decker (Trinity) led off with a double and Kaleb Holbrook (South Georgia College) drew a walk to bring up Odenwaelder with two on and no outs. Odenwaelder connected for a three-run home run to extend the Titans lead to 5-0.

It was Odenwaelder's third home run of the season and the former Wamogo star also has 13 RBI and 13 runs scored.

"I'm seeing the ball really well right now and trying to work counts and get good pitches to hit," Odenwaelder said. "I got ahead in the count and got a fastball and I just squared up on it and was able to drive it."

With Fuller and Gibbons establishing themselves at the top of the Titans rotation and Odenwaelder a threat every time he comes to the plate, the Titans are starting to put things together. Torrington is 6-2 in its last eight games and appears to be headed in the right direction.

"I like where we are as a team," Torrington coach Misha Dworkin said. "The first three games of the season, I don't even count them as far as evaluating this team. We got a lot of things wrong, the lineup, defense, pitching, but we are putting it together now and playing better baseball."

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