Five Home Runs Carry Titans Past Eagles

March 8, 2009

Box Score

Hattiesburg, MS - Gary Brown had three hits and five Cal State Fullerton teammates homered Sunday afternoon as the No. 7 Titans completed a series sweep at Southern Mississippi with an 11-3 non-conference victory.

Tyler Pill, Nick Ramirez and Michael Morrison combined on a 6-hitter as the Titans won their eighth game in a row to improve to 9-2. The No. 27-ranked Golden Eagles, who were outscored 37-11 in their home series, fell to 8-4.

Khris Davis, Ramirez, Jared Clark, Dustin Garneau and Christian Colon cleared the fences for the Titans on a windy day. Michael Ewing hit the only homer for USM.

Pill scattered six hits over his six innings to pick up his second collegiate victory in as many decisions. Ramirez worked two perfect innings and Morrison pitched a hitless ninth.

Fullerton's offensive onslaught could have been worse. The Eagles turned a school-record four double plays - three in the first three innings - and threw out two would-be base stealers. The Eagles set a second school record by hitting seven Titan batters.

The Titans jumped to an early lead for the third time in the series. Brown led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single by Josh Fellhauer. Khris Davis followed a Ramirez single in the second with his fifth home run of the year to make it 3-0.

The Eagles got on the board after two were out in their half of the second. A double, a walk and Tyler Koellng's 2-run double cut the lead to 3-2. Ramirez made it 5-2 in the fourth with a 2-run homer, his fourth of the year, and Clark hit a two-run bomb in the fifth, his third of the season.

Loser Scott Copeland (1-2) was tagged for 7 runs (5 earned) in 4.1 innings and the Titans didn't let up on reliever Wade Weathers, putting up a 4-spot in the sixth. Garneau hit a solo home run, his second, and Colon belted a 3-run blast, his first of the year.

Fullerton is now 6-0 against USM.

Fulleton continues its unprecedented 11-day road trip with a stop in New Orleans tonight on its way to a Tuesday night game at Texas A&M and then a 4-game tournament weekend in Stillwater, Oklahoma.