Feb. 22, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Taylor Cragin held No. 5 Cal State Fullerton to just one hit in six innings of relief as TCU won the opening series with an 11-6 come-from-behind victory Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Field.
Fullerton falls to 1-2 on the young season, TCU improve to 2-1.
Cragin (1-0) came on in relief of starter Kyle Winkler who was touched early by a six-run Titan first and lasted just three innings. The right-hander fanned five and allowed just one bunt single to Christian Colon in the bottom of the eighth to pick up his first win of the year.
Both TCU pitchers held the Titans to a combined three hits while TCU touched up a Fullerton's five pitchers for 18 knocks.
Just one of the Titans six first-inning runs were charged to Winkler as two errors contributed to the continuation of the inning. Freshman Nick Ramirez continued to impress at the plate as he belted his first career home run, a three run shot that gave the Titans a 6-1 lead after one. Ramirez finished the weekend 7-for-12 (.583) with three doubles, a home run and 6 RBI.
TCU came back with a run in the second to cut the Titan lead to four runs, but then exploded for a six-run fourth. The Horned Frogs strung together six straight hits, including RBI-singles by Ben Carruther and Chris Ellington, an RBI-double by Matt Carpenter and a two-run home run by designated hitter Matt Curry, his second of the series.
Titan starter Tyler Pill, making his collegiate debut, worked 3 1/3 innings, surrendering four runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out one. Ramirez (0-1), slipped out of the DH spot and came in relief of Pill with one out, and two runs already across in the fourth, and was promptly greeted with four hits in a row, all which would come around to score before setting down the final two outs of the inning. Ramirez was charged with the loss.
Ramirez work two batters into the sixth, surrendering another one of Ellington's game-leading four hits, and walked Curry before returning to the DH spot in the lineup. Fullerton's Derrick Dingeman made his first appearance from the bullpen as a Titan and got an out on a sacrifice bunt by Jason Coats, but then Taylor Featherston lined a ball into the right field corner for a triple, bringing home both Ellinton and Curry to make it 10-6.
The Frogs added another insurance run in the seventh off Dingeman to complete the scoring. Ryan Ackland and Kyle Mertins pitched two scoreless innings to give the Titans a change for a late-inning rally, but Cragin set down the Titans in order in the eighth and ninth.
Six Frogs had multiple hits, and four finished multi-RBI efforts. Dustin Garneau provided the Titans third hit of the afternoon, a double in the first inning.
Cal State Fullerton will travel south to San Diego State Tuesday night to take on the Aztecs at Tony Gwynn Stadium. First pitch will be at 6:00 p.m.