Pill Near Perfect in 8-0, One-Hit Shutout
April 11, 2009
Northridge, Calif. - Freshman Tyler Pill tossed a complete-game one-hit shutout and junior Josh Fellhauer was 5-for-5 at the plate to lead No. 6 Cal State Fullerton to an 8-0 Big West Conference victory over Cal State Northridge Saturday afternoon at Matador Field.
The Titans (22-9, 5-4) pounded out 15 hits on the afternoon to back Pill, who improved to 6-0 with the 106-pitch gem, while the team won their second conference series of the year two games to one. The Matadors fall to 14-20 overall and 3-6 in Big West action.
The rookie right-hander held the Northridge squad hitless for six full innings before surrendering a hit to T.S. Reed to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Reed, to that point in the game had been the only base runner, reaching first on a wild pitch after becoming one of Pill's three first-inning strikeout victims.
After Reed's hits, the next batter, Ryan Pineda, grounded into a pretty 6-4-3 double play, with a fine defensive effort by Christian Colon (SS), Joe Scott (2B), and Jared Clark (1B) to erase the only knock of the day.
Fellhauer's sixth inning RBI-single, his third of the day, was all the Titans would need to beat Justen Gorski (1-2), who was touched for five runs on eight hits over 5.2 inning. But Fellhauer's hit was just one of five in the inning that produced five Titan runs. Khris Davis hit his ninth home run of the year, a three run shot to left-center to give the Titans a 4-0 lead. Billy Marcoe's second single of the afternoon drove in Gary Brown who doubled to cap the sixth inning scoring.
The Titans added three more runs in the ninth off reliever Brian Slover, one on an RBI-double by Jared Clark, and two more by Davis' single to center, giving him five RBI on the afternoon.
Pill finished the afternoon facing just two batters over the minimum in his first career complete game. The right-hander from Covina issued a walk to the ninth inning's leadoff hitter Jeff Pruitt and finished with eight strikeouts, including five in the first three innings.
The Titans will enjoy Sunday and Monday off before heading to USC on Tuesday in a non-conference showdown in Los Angeles. First pitch is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.