Pill's Arm, Brown's Bat Lift Titans To Series Win
April 25, 2009
Davis, Calif. - Gary Brown's second home run of the year broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning, and Tyler Pill tossed his second complete-game shutout, as Cal State Fullerton beat UC Davis 3-0 in a Big West Conference baseball game at Dobbins Stadium Saturday afternoon.
In beating the Aggies, the Titans improve to 28-11 on the year, and 8-6 in Big West action, and also extend their current winning streak to five games. UC Davis falls to 7-30, 1-10.
Pill (7-1), a freshman from Covina, used just 104 pitches and held UC Davis to just four hits in earning his seventh win of the season. The right-hander faced just six over the minimum and struck out two to help the Titans secure the series win. Pill also had a complete-game, one-hit shutout two Saturday's ago at Cal State Northridge.
The Titans collected three of their four total hits off Davis starter, and losing pitcher Scott Chew (1-5), but Brown's two-out, sixth-inning shot down the left field line proved to be the game-winner, spoiling Chew's efforts. Chew faced just four over the minimum through seven innings and struck out one before handing the ball over to reliever Scott Lyman.
Fullerton tacked on a pair of ninth inning insurance runs against Lyman with a scoring ground out and an RBI-single.
Brown led the frame by getting hit by Lyman's 2-0 offering, then proceeded to steal second base, his 16th swipe of the year. Brown advanced to third as Josh Fellhauer reached on an error by Aggie shortstop Scott Heylman. Jared Clark picked up an RBI scoring Brown with a groundout to first, and two batter's later Billy Marcoe drove home Fellhauer with a single to center.
The series finale will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Right-handed freshman Noe Ramirez (4-1, 3.31 ERA) will be on the mound for Fullerton.