No Foolin', Titans Rout Aggies, 20-4
April 1, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - No. 1 and No. 2 hitters Christian Colon and Gary Brown combined to go 8-for-11 with six RBI as Cal State Fullerton beat up on UC Davis 20-4 Thursday night to open Big West Conference play at Goodwin Field.
Carlos Lopez was the only Titan starter not to get a hit as Fullerton improved to 13-11, 1-0. Lopez, who went 0-for-2 on the night with a pair of walks, saw his 17-game hitting streak come to an end. Despite 12 hits on the night, UC Davis falls to 12-10, 0-1.
Noe Ramirez (5-1) won for the fifth straight time and recorded seven strikeouts without a walk. He surrendered three runs (2 earned) on eight hits over 7.0 innings before handing the ball off to Colin O'Connell and Dylan Floro to close out the three-hour game.
Aggie starter Dayne Quist (4-2) saw his ERA jump from 2.90 to 4.60 after being knocked around for 11 runs (10 earned) on 11 hits over five innings. The southpaw also walked six on 109 pitches.
After Tyler Pill and Corey Jones put the Titans up 2-0 with a pair of run-scoring groundouts in the first, Colon knocked in three quick runs with a three-run home run in the second to put the Titans in the driver's seat for good. The game-winning hit was Colon's seventh home run of the year. The shortstop wound up going 4-for-6 with four RBI and missed hitting for the cycle by a triple.
Quist's relief, Tim Busbin, recorded just one out in the sixth inning before giving up nine earned runs on just three hits. The right-hander walked six and hit two of the 12 batters he faced. The Titans batted 15 men in their nine-run sixth, their biggest single inning of the season. Eight of the first nine batters (except PIll) reached base and came around to score. Pill was Busbin's only out. But his out (sac-fly) produced a run making it 19-2. Corey Jones scored twice in the inning, once on his third home run of the season, a lined shot out to right to lead off the inning, the other on a bases-loaded Walker Moore single.
Scott Chew was called on and retired two of the three men he faced to get out of the inning. He went on to work 2.2 scoreless frames, striking out three Titans.
Paul Politi had RBI-singles in the fourth (off Ramirerz) and eighth (off O'Connell) to lead the way offensively for Davis. The Aggies also scored in the fifth on a throwing error by Colon and again in the seventh (off Ramirez) on a wild pitch.
Joey Siddons had a three-hit night and Jones had two to go along with Colon's and Brown's four-hit efforts. Colon and Pill each drove in four runs, while Nick Ramirez had three RBI with a ground-out, a double and a bases-loaded walk. Brown, Walker Moore and Jones had two RBI apiece.
Lopez saw his 17-game streak come to an end on Thursday night, but Brown and Billy Marcoe each saw their streaks extended to nine and 10 games, respectively.