April 20, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Nick Ramirez had four hits and Zach Tanida added three Tuesday night to lead a 15-hit attack as Cal State Fullerton outscored Pepperdine, 12-5, in non-conference play at Goodwin Field.
The No. 16-ranked Titans improved to 21-13 with their 14th win in 18 games while the Waves fell to 13-19 after a game that was delayed 30 minutes by a pre-game rain storm.
Fullerton starter Kevin Rath (2-1) went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs to get the win. Pepperdine starter Aaron Gates (2-6), who was tagged for 11 runs in 2 innings vs. Fullerton last year, gave up 6 (5 earned) in this 4-inning outing and took the loss.
Fullerton scored in seven of its eight at bats and trailed only briefly, 3-2, in the second. A 4-run sixth inning against reliever Alex Najera produced an 11-4 lead. Dylan Floro (3 IP, 1 R), David Hurlbut (1 IP, 0 R) and Derrick Dingeman (1 IP, 1 R) followed Rath.
First baseman Ryan Heroy had the first 4-hit game of his Pepperdine career to pace the Waves' 11-hit effort.
Ramirez had a pair of doubles and a game-high 3 RBI. Joey Siddons also doubled twice for the Titans, who had 11 singles.
Carlos Lopez and Corey Jones had RBI hits in the first but the Waves came back with a 3-run second with a triple, a double and 3 walks. Fullerton tied the game in the bottom half on a bases-loaded walk to Christian Colon and took the lead for good on a fielder's choice grounder by Gary Brown. Siddons doubled home a run in the third and Brown scored on two wild pitches in the fourth. Each team managed only one run out of bases-loaded situations in the fifth before the Titans put the game away in the sixth. Jones singled in one run and Tanida safety squeezed one home before Ramirez and Siddons followed with RBI doubles.
Fullerton returns to Big West Conference play this weekend hosting Cal Poly SLO.