April 18, 2010
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Tyler Pill worked eight dominant innings on the mound, struck out a career-high 11 batters and was 4-for-5 with an RBI at the plate to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 6-1 Big West Conference win over UC Santa Barbara Sunday afternoon at Casar Uyesaka Stadium.
The Titans, winners of 13 of their last 17, improve to 20-13 on the year and 7-2 in Big West Conference play and take a two-game lead in league with a UC Irvine loss to Pacific. The Gauchos drop to 16-14 overall and 3-3 in BWC action.
Santa Barbara scored a run on a single, a sacrifice bunt and a double by Matt Valaika to jump out, 1-0, in the bottom of the first, and then had a single by Sean Williams in the third, but that would be all off Pill (3-4), who went on to retire 17 of the last 18 hitters he faced to earn his second win in as many starts.
Nick Ramirez, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate, pitched the ninth and gave up only a leadoff single to Valaika before retiring the next three hitters. The two Titan pitchers combined to go 6-for-9 with three RBI.
Jesse Meaux suffered the loss giving up five runs on 11 hits over six innings of work. He falls to 5-2.
Fullerton rebounded in the top of the second, scoring the tying run on an RBI-double by Ramirez, who extended his current hitting streak to 12 games.
Ramirez struck again in the fourth, belting his seventh home run in the last nine games, third of the weekend and eighth of the year to extend the Titan lead to 4-1. After Ramirez, Joey Siddons singled to left, the first of three hits for the third baseman on the afternoon, was sacrificed with one out and driven home by Colon with a sharp single to right.
Brown nearly single-handedly manufactured the Titans' final run in the seventh. He greeted new reliever Nick Loredo with a softly poked base hit to right and just kept on running to second as the Gaucho right fielder took his time getting to the ball. In safely with a double, Brown then wowed the fans as he not only advanced to third on Carlos Lopez's fly ball to center, but rolled right through third and on to home with the Titans' sixth and final run. Lopez was credited with a sacrifice fly thanks to Brown's legs.
Pill (3), Siddons (3), Ramirez (2), Colon (2), Brown (2) and Billy Marcoe (2) each finished with multi-hit games for Fullerton. Ramirez led all players with two RBI.
The Titans will return home after seven straight on the road to take on Pepperdine on Tuesday (6 p.m.) and Cal Poly next next weekend (7, 6, 1 p.m.).