March 27, 2011
Honolulu, Hawaii - Freshman Chad Wallach's first career hit, a pinch-hit single in the sixth inning, broke a 2-2 tie and lifted No. 13 Cal State Fullerton to an eventual come-from-behind, 4-2 win over the University of Hawaii Saturday night in the night-cap of a day/night doubleheader at Les Murakami Stadium.
The Titans, winners of seven of their last eight ball games, capture the series with the Rainbows by winning the first three games in the four-game set to improve to 15-8 on the year. Hawaii, drops below the .500 mark at 11-12.
The Titans now lead the all-time series 7-4 and stand 4-3 all-time on the Rainbows' home turf.
Wallach's single to right center gave the Titans a one-run lead in starter Dylan Floro's final inning of work. The sophomore surrendered just two first inning runs while scattering seven hits over six innings for the win. Floro ups his record to 3-2. Nick Ramirez got the final three outs of the game, two by way of the strikeout, for his fifth save of the season.
Hawaii starter Jarrett Arakawa (1-2) surrendered singles to Tyler Pill, Blake Barber and Wallach in the sixth to fall behind 3-2, took the loss after holding Fullerton to just two runs through the first five innings.
Hawaii put up two runs with two out in the top of the first with a Jeffrey Van Doornum double, an RBI single by Michael Blake and a bases-loaded walk to Garrett Champion. Floro settled down to pitch five scoreless innings before handing the ball off to Raymond Hernandez.
Fullerton didn't get on the board until the fourth, when Ramirez doubled off Arakawa to kick off the inning. He wen to third on a Pill groundout and scored on Michael Lorenzen's sacrifice fly to cut the Rainbow lead to 2-1.
The Titans evened the game in the fifth when Matt Harrison's throw from short went wild on Ivory Thoma' ground ball that should have ended the inning. Jared Deacon, aboard after getting plunked by Arakawa, came around to score and tie the game at 2-2.
Singles by Pill (with one out) and Barber (with two out) set up Wallach's game winner. Wallach a right-handed hitter was pinch hitting for left-hander Anthony Hutting against the southpaw Arakawa.
Ramirez added an insurance run in the eighth with a monster home run off reliever Lenny Linskey to right field before being summonsed to the mound with the tying run at the plate in the ninth.
The series finale will take place on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 PT.