April 23, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Joey Siddons' two-run double broke a 6-6 tie in the seventh inning and Nick Ramirez picked up his fifth save Friday night as Cal State Fullerton beat Cal Poly SLO, 8-6, in a see-saw Big West Conference game.
The No. 16-ranked Titans maintained their 2-game hold on first place in the Big West at 8-2 and improved to 22-13 overall. The Mustangs fell to 10-24, 3-7 after losing their 18th game of their last 22.
Dylan Floro (2-0) pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief behind Kyle Mertins to get the win with Ramirez retiring all four men he faced. Loser Matt Leonard (0-5) was charged with all 8 runs in 6.1 innings for Cal Poly.
Billy Marcoe singled with one out in the CSF seventh and Ramirez walked They pulled a double steal on reliever Jeff Johnson's first pitch and both scored on Siddons' soft liner to left that fell in front of a diving Luke Yoder.
Fullerton's first run was very unearned. Christian Colon was safe on an error by David Van Ostrand and came around on a pair of two-out walks and a hit batter. Richie Pedroza was hit by a pitch in the second and came home on Gary Brown's double to left.
Cal Poly got on the board in the third as Bobby Crocker singled Evan Busby home from third with two out. The Titans countered that run in the fourth when Ramirez doubled and scored on Colon's two-out single to left.
Cal Poly tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth. With one out, J. J. Thompson singled to right and Yoder bounced a hard ground-ball single through third baseman Pedroza. Crocker grounded hard to second to move up the runners and both scored when Matt Jensen bounced a single up the middle.
Fullerton responded in the bottom half with a run on singles by Tyler Pill, Marcoe and Ramirez and two more on Pedroza's double to left center. But the Mustangs came right back to tie in the top of the sixth. D. J. Gentile walked, Busby singled him to third and they both scored on Thompson's home run to left, his third of the year, and his third of four hits on the night.
The teams continue the 3-game series Saturday night at 6 p.m.