March 13, 2010
San Diego, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton's Billy Marcoe was hit by a Kyle Blair pitch with the bases loaded in the third inning and that proved to push the eventual game-winning run across as the Titans defeated the University of San Diego, 4-2, in the Aztec Baseball Invitational Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
For the first time all season, the Titans put together back-to-back wins and improve to 6-7 on the year. The Toreros drop their first game of the Invitational and second to the Titans in 2010, falling to 8-8.
Reigning Big West Pitcher of the Week Noe Ramirez (2-1) put together another solid outing allowing just two runs on three hits over eight innings of work, fanning seven Toreros. The right-hander's only blemish came in the seventh inning. After walking Mike Ferraro he served up Victor Sanchez's second round-tripper of the year, to cut the Titan lead to two runs.
After allowing a leadoff double to pinch-hitter Kevin Muno in the bottom of the ninth, Nick Ramirez struck out two and got a fly ball to notch his second save and secure the Titan victory.
San Diego starter Kyle Blair (1-1) absorbed the loss after allowing all four Titan runs over the first 4.1 innings. Not only did Blair give up six hits, but he hit four Titans. He and reliever Darrin Campbell combined for five hit batters on the afternoon, bringing San Diego's total to 11 against the Titans in 18 innings of play this year. Marcoe was hit three times on Saturday and once in the Fullerton-San Diego Game back on Mar. 2.
Christian Colon and Gary Brown had back-to-back singles to open up the third inning and Jones bumped them up 90 feet when he was hit by a pitch to set up Marcoe's game-winning RBI. Brown's single extended his hitting streak to 13-games.
Colon was 2-for-3 on the afternoon and has reached base in 10 of his last 13 plate appearances. Lopez and Jones also had two hits apiece, with Pill driving in two on the homer.
Kyle Mertin (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will be on the mound on Sunday as the Titans wrap of the weekend tournament with UAB at 11 a.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Blazers will counter with Beau Pender (1-0, 2.51 ERA).