March 6, 2010
Tucson, Ariz. - Noe Ramirez tossed his first career complete game and Gary Brown and Tyler Pill combined for five hits and three RBI as Cal State Fullerton (4-5) defeated Arizona (5-4) by a score of 6-1 Saturday night at Kindall Field.
Noe Ramirez, who faced just 8 over the minimum, improved to 1-1 on the year, while fanning nine with just one walk. Arizona starter Kyle Simon, lasted just 3.1 innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits.
For just the second time all year, the Titans got on the board first, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the second. After Carlos Lopez singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a ground out, the Titan right fielder Pill singled home the first run of the game and moved up to second on the late throw to the plate. He promptly stole third base and scored on Joey Siddons' grounder to second to give the Titans and early 2-0 lead.
In the thrid, back-to-back one-out triples by Brown and Corey Jones produced the first of three more runs for the Titans. After the second three-bagger, first baseman Nick Ramirez delivered a single back up the middle to score Jones and give the Titans a 4-0 lead. Ramirez moved up 90 feet on Lopez's second of three hits on the night but was then picked off second by Simon for the second out of the inning. Lopez moved to second when third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean threw wild to first on Billy Marcoe's ground ball. The extended inning allowed Pill to connect for another RBI-single to give Noe Ramirez and the Titans a commanding 5-0 lead after three.
Arizona's Bryce Bandilla did a fine job out of the bull pen in relief of Simon. He tosses five innings of six-hit ball, allowing just one run in the top of the eighth. Austin Kingsolver's one-out hit got the inning going, but he was quickly erased when Christian Colon grounded into a fielder's choice. Colon stole second and scored the Titans' final run of the night when hot-hitting Brown connected for his third hit of the night.
Until the ninth, Noe Ramirez had run into trouble just once in the fourth after hitting the first two batters he faced. The shutout was still in tact with one-out in the ninth, but a triple by Arizona's Rafael Valenzuela, Ramirez's third hit batsmen and a Steve Selsky single broke up the scoreless streak. Noe Ramirez got the final two outs, a grounder back to the box and a strikeout, to secure the win.
The Titans had a season-high 14 hits on the night, led by Brown and Lopez with three knocks apiece. Once again Brown extended his hitting streak to nine game and also added two more stolen bases to make him a perfect 6-for-6 on the year. Pill led all players with two RBI.
Arizona's designated hitter Bobby Brown was the only Wildcat with multiple hits, he had a single and a double.
With Pill already having been used on the mound this weekend due to Renken's early departure on Friday night, the Titans will turn to southpaw Kevin Rath to make the start on Sunday. Rath (1-0) earned the win on Tuesday at home against San Diego.
NOTES: Gary Brown hit his third triple of the season, moving him into sole possession of third place all-time for a career at Cal State Fullerton with 12 triples. The record is 18 held by Dante Powell from 1992-94. Blake Davis holds the No. 2 spot with 14 triples... Brown is now just 6 stolen bases away from entering the Top 10 for a career. He now has 54 and is trailing Jeremy Carr (1992-93) at No. 10.