March 19, 2011
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Fullerton, Calif. - Ivory Thomas was 1-for-3 with three RBI and drove home the game-winner as Cal State Fullerton defeated the University of Washington, 6-1, in the first of two games on Saturday in non-conference baseball action at Goodwin Field.
The Titans win their fourth series of the year in five tries and improve to 10-7. The Huskies continue to struggle and fall to 3-12.
Tyler Pill (2-0) worked 7.1 innings and scattered eight hits to earn the win. The only damage against him came in the first inning when Troy Scott singled home Caleb Brown, who had doubled to lead off the game.
Pill struck out six without a walk. Jake Floethe picked up his first save with a perfect 1.2 inning outing from the bullpen.
Losing pitcher Aaron West (0-3) held the Titans to just two hits in his six innings of work. The Titans tied the game at 1-1 in the third without a hit. Thomas reached on an error by the Huskies' shortstop, moved to second on a sac bunt by Nick O'Loughlin, went to third after a walk and a hit batter and then came home on a wild pitch.
The Titans took the lead for good (2-1) when Thomas' sacrifice fly scored Michael Lorenzen in the bottom of the fourth.
Nick Ramirez belted his first home run of the year to lead off the sixth of West to make it 3-1 in the Titans' favor. And then five straight "unofficial at bats" scored the Titans' fourth run. Pill Walked, Lorenzen was hit in the middle of the back and Joe Terry bunted them to second and third. Then Thomas was intentionally walked and pinch-hitter Anthony Hutting hit a sacrifice fly to score Pill to make it 4-1 in West's last inning of work.
Thomas' two-run single in the bottom of the eighth off reliever Adam Cimber, capped the Titans' scoring.
The two teams will wrap up the series at 6 p.m.