Bywater Stymies Titans with Complete Game Shutout
Feb. 20, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Lefthander Matt Bywater threw a 4-hit shutout and struck out 10 Saturday night as Pepperdine blanked Cal State Fullerton, 6-0, in a non-conference baseball game Saturday night at Goodwin Field.
The Waves evened their record at 1-1 while the Titans fell to 0-2. It's the first time since 1987 that Fullerton has opened a season 0-2 at home and its first shutout lost since May 13, 2007, vs. Wichita State.
Ryan Van Amburg's 2-run double was the key hit in a 4-run Pepperdine second inning against Noe Ramirez (0-1), who didn't allow any other runs through six innings. Fullerton hit into two double plays, had one runner caught stealing and lost an out on batter's interference which nullified a stolen base. Bywater walked only two and faced only six men over the minimum.
Colin Rooney and Aaron Gates singled to open the second. Torrey Jacoby hooked a double into the left-field corner for one run and Van Amburg followed with a drive up the alley in left center to make it 3-0. He rode home on the first of three singles by Miles Silverstein.
The Waves added a pair of runs in the eighth charged against reliever David Hurlbut. Rooney doubled and Gates singled him to third. Dylan Floro relieved and his first pitch was wild, allowing Rooney to score. Gates came around on a pair of ground-ball outs.
Fullerton's most serious threat came in the seventh. Nick Ramirez led off with a double and continued to third on an error by right fielder Gates. After Carlos Lopez struck out, Billy Marcoe was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game. He appeard to steal second but batter Walker Moore was called out for interference and Marcoe went back to first. Joey Siddons then tried to bunt his way on but was called out on a bang-bang play at first base, leading to Head Coach Dave Serrano's first ejection as Titan skipper.
Fullerton hosts Long Beach State Sunday at 1 p.m.