March 13, 2009
Stillwater, Oklahoma - Billy Marcoe and Gary Brown each collected three hits and Jared Clark homered and drove in four as No. 6 Cal State Fullerton routed Rhode Island, 17-3, in the first game of a day-night double header at the Oklahoma State Tournament at Reynolds Stadium.
The Titans improve to 11-2 on the year and have now won 10 games in a row and all five on their current road trip. They will face No. 19 Oklahoma State at 5 p.m. Pacific time in the second game. Rhode Island drops to 7-3 on the year.
Tyler Pill (3-0) earned the win by allowing just three earned runs across for Rhode Island over seven innings of work. The freshman did surrender 11 hits on the afternoon but struck out five Rams without issuing a walk. Derrick Dingeman made his second appearance of the year in relief of Pill and didn't allow a run or hit over the final two innings.
Fullerton touched up Rams starter and losing pitcher Tim Boyce (1-1) for nine earned runs in his short 2.2-stint on the hill. He was one of four Rhode Island arms to pitch on the day. Fullerton scored in every inning leaving no Rams hurler unscathed.
The Titans were the designated home team, and in the bottom of the first, freshman Nick Ramirez got back up on the horse after his first-career 0-fer on Tuesday and hammered a two-run double to left field to give the Titans a 2-1 lead after one.
The Rams bounced back to tie the game in the second with a triple and a double off Pill, but the Titans poured it on from there scoring nine runs over the next three innings to put the game out of reach.
Brown collected three hits for the fourth consecutive game, and Marco matched him with three hits in his first start of 2009. Christian Colon, Josh Fellhauer, Clark and Ramirez each collected two hits apiece. Brown and Fellhauer added three RBI each in the victory.
Daniel Renken will pitch game two of the double header for Cal State Fullerton as they square off against the Cowboys from Reynolds Stadium.