March 12, 2010
San Diego, Calif. - Christian Colon and Billy Marcoe each had three hits, and Nick Ramirez drove home two as Cal State Fullerton defeated San Diego State, 11-1, in the Aztec Baseball Invitational Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Titans have now beaten the Aztecs in their last seven meetings and improve to 5-7 overall. Gwynn's Aztecs fall to 6-8 on the year.
Daniel Renken (1-2) allowed just two hits over 5.2 innings and struck out eight to capture his first win of the year. He gave up just one run in the sixth, and it was unearned.
The 11 Titan runs tied a season high, and their 15 hits set a new season high as they tagged SDSU starter Bryan Crabb for six runs on eight hits over the first six innings. Crabb struck out five and walked just one before handing off to three other relievers.
Fullerton scored twice in the first and twice in the second to jump out to an early 4-0 lead. Colon singled off Crabb's glove to start the game and went to third on a hit-and-run single by Gary Brown, on the play Brown moved to second on an error by left fielder Jomel Torres. Brown' single extended his season-best hitting streak to 12 games. Colon scored and Brown moved to third on a passed ball charged to Aztec catcher Matt Parker, then Brown came home on an RBI-groundout by Ramirez.
In the second, Marcoe single to center and Tyler Pill followed with a hit-and-run single through the left side. Second baseman Matt Orloff then sacrificed both runners up 90 feet for Colon. The Titan shortstop perfectly placed a grounder that went for a hit scoring Marcoe and moving Pill to third. With Brown at the plate, a well executed double steal brought the Titans fourth run home with Pill's head-first slide at the plate making the difference.
Ramirez doubled home a run in the fifth, and Orloff, aboard after getting hit by a pitch, scored on an error by shortstop Brandon Decker on a Colon grounder in the sixth.
In the bottom of the sixth, Christian Colon's throwing error allowed Mitch Blackburn aboard to lead off the frame. With one out, Blackburn moved to second when Renken walked Jordan Van Hoosier, the right-hander's fourth free pass of the night. With two out, Guy Willerford singled home Blackburn for the only Aztec run of the night, ending Renken's night.
Leading 6-0, the Titans exploded for five runs in the top of the seventh off three San Diego State relievers. Fullerton sent 10 men to the plate and produced four singles and two doubles. Corey Jones (RBI-single), Walker Moore (RBI-groundout) and Austin Kingsolver (RBI-double) accounted for three of the Titan runs, but Back-to-back balks by Aztec reliever Kyle Shaver with runners at third produced the last two Titan runs.
The Titans will see a different venue for their third game of the tournament as they travel to the University of San Diego on Saturday afternoon for a 1 p.m. start at Cunningham Stadium. Noe Ramirez will be on the hill for the Titans.