Titans Earn Sweep of UofA with 8-4 Victory

May 6, 2009

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Fullerton, Calif. - Nick Ramirez had a pair of RBI doubles and Joe Scott drove in three runs Wednesday night to lead No 6- ranked Cal State Fullerton to an 8-4 non-conference victory over Arizona.

Fullerton (34-12) swept the 2-game series with its fifth consecutive victory and 11th win in 12 games.

Arizona falls to 22-23.

Freshman Brock Floro (1-0), the second of seven Titan pitchers, got credit for the win by pitching a scoreless third inning. Kyle Witten started and gave up two runs in two innings. Colin O'Connell, Michael Morrison, Ryan Ackland (2 innings), Kyle Mertins and Nick Ramirez followed and struck out a total of eight Wildcats while allowing eight hits. Kyle Simon (2-5), the first of five Arizona pitchers, allowed 5 runs (4 earned) in 2 1/3 innings and took the loss.

Gary Brown had 4 of Fullerton's 13 hits. The Titans left 11 men on base and had four runners retired on the basepaths.

Arizona took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Jett Bandy beat out a high chopper to third for a single and scored on a one-out triple to right by Bobby Coyle, who scored on a sacrifice fly by Brad Glenn.

The Titans came right back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Khris Davis singled and scored on Ramirez' double off the wall in right center. Scott singled home Ramirez and then came home himself after an error, a double steal and Christian Colon's single to right.

Scott's two-run infield single in the third inning made it 5-2. Brown singled home a run in the fourth and in the sixth Ramirez again doubled home Davis, who had walked with two out. Brown scored the final CSF run in the eighth when he doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Davis, who previously had singled and walked three times.

Arizona didn't get two men on base at the same time until the seventh inning when Steve Selsky led off with a single and Coyle doubled him to third. But the Wildcats got only one run out of the situation against Ackland on Daniel Butler's grounder to third. Arizona got a run in the ninth off Ramirez on singles by Selsky and Daniel Butler.

Fullerton plays a crucial Big West Conference series this weekend at Cal Poly. The teams are in a virtual tie for second place. The Mustangs are ranked No. 12 by Baseball America and 20-2 at home this season. Fullerton is 17-4 as a visitor and 19-4 including neutral sites.

Daniel Renken will start Friday night for the Titans.