Ramirez Shines in First Collegiate Start; Titans Win, 7-2
March 3, 2009
San Diego, Calif. - In his first career start, freshman Noe Ramirez (1-0) held San Diego State to three hits over seven innings to earn his first win as No. 7 Cal State Fullerton defeated the Aztecs, 7-2, Tuesday night in a non-conference baseball game at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
With the win, the Titans extend their winning streak to five games and improve to 6-2 on the year, and sweep the season series with the Aztecs, two games to none. San Diego State falls to 4-5.
Noe Ramirez's only bump in the road came in the bottom of the third, when he allowed a pair of Azetec runs across. Brandon Decker drove home the first run with a single, then stole second to set up a Mitch Blackburn RBI-infield single. Noe Ramirez retired the side in order in five of his seven innings and struck out four without a walk. After the third, he did not allow a hit until two outs in the seventh.
The Titans began their comeback in the top of the fourth off losing pitcher Ryan O'Sullivan (0-1). Jared Clark drove home Christian Colon with a one out single to right to cut the Aztec lead to 2-1. But it wasn't until the top of the sixth that the Titans would catch and then take the lead off Sullivan.
Josh Fellhauer led off the sixth with a walk, and advanced to second on Clark's second hit of the night. After an O'Sullivan strikeout, Khris Davis tied the game with a line drive to left to bring home Fellhauer. After a successful double-steal by Clark and Davis put runners at second and third with one out, Jeff Newman brought home what would be the game-winner with a fly ball to center. Dustin Garneau extended the Titan lead to 4-2 with an RBI-single of his own, driving home Davis to cap the three-run inning.
Nick Ramirez extended his hitting streak to six games with a two-run double down the left-field line off reliever Andrew Leary to bring home Fellhauer (aboard on a single) and Clark (aboard on an HBP) with two outs in the seventh. It was the freshman's third hit of the night and his team-leading 12th of the year. Not only did he take back over the team lead in RBI, but lifted his batting average from .474 to .522 in the process.
A three base throwing error by Leary trying to throw out Colon on a bleeder back to the mound set up the Titans' final run of the night. Josh Fellhauer promptly lined a double down the left field line to push the Titan lead to five runs at 7-2.
Ryan Ackland pitched the final two innings and surrendered just one single while striking out two. The Titans will return to Fullerton tonight, then practice on Wednesday before embarking on an unprecedented 11-day, road trip that will take them through Mississippi, New Orleans, Texas and Oklahoma beginning Friday night.