Long Balls Lift Lions to Midweek Win Over Titans
March 23, 2010
Westchester, Calif. - Freshman right-hander Aaron Griffin tossed a complete-game seven-hitter and stuck out five while his offense belted three home runs to lift Loyola Marymount to a 4-2 win over visiting Cal State Fullerton Tuesday afternoon at George C. Page Stadium.
The Titans drop their second game in a row to the Lions and fall to 10-10 on the year. LMU improves to 9-11.
Griffin, who came into Tuesday's game with a 14.62 ERA in five appearances, held the Titans to just five hits through 8.1 innings and had a shutout until the ninth. The righty improved to 2-1 on the year with the win.
Titan starter Tyler Pill worked five innings and surrendered just four hits, while striking out four. Problem was that two of the three hits left the park and accounted for three earned runs. Pill dropped to 1-3 on the year.
LMU broke a scoreless tie in the fourth as Nick Devian skied a ball deep that left fielder Carlos Lopez appeared to have a bead on. But at the wall, Lopez got a glove on the ball, but was unable to keep it in the park. It was Devian's second homer of the year.
In the fifth, Pill plunked Jonathan Johnson, who promptly stole second and scored on Jason Barmasse's no-doubter to left-center. It was also Barmasse's second round-tripper of the season and gave Loyola Marymount a 3-0 lead.
David Hurlbut, on in relief of Pill, pitched a scoreless sixth inning, but caught the home run bug too, giving up Brad Bauer's second home run of the year that landed within feet of the other two surrendered by Pill. Hurlbut plunked the next batter he faced with a curveball, ending his day in favor of Derrick Dingeman.
Dingeman worked 1.2 innings of 1-hit relief, but a ninth-inning Titan rally would not be enough to get him a decision.
Gary Brown doubled to lead off the last inning for Fullerton and moved to third on a Lopez fly out to right. Griffin lost his shutout as Nick Ramirez poked a single into left scoring Brown from third.
Ramirez move to third on Corey Jones' third hit of the afternoon, a double off the wall in left, and then scored on Billy Marcoe's sacrifice fly to center. But that would be all for the Titans as Pill flied out to end the game.
Cal State Fullerton will host the University of Hawaii this weekend at Goodwin Field. Noe Ramirez will be on mound for Fullerton on Friday night, with Daniel Renken on Saturday night and Pill on Sunday.