May 6, 2011
Riverside, Calif. - Noe Ramirez allowed just one hit in his first game since Apr. 15 and the Titans backed him with a 16-hit performance at the plate as No. 10 Cal State Fullerton defeated UC Riverside, 4-1, Friday night at the Riverside Sports Complex in a Big West Conference baseball game.
The Titans win consecutive games for the first time since Apr. 16-17 and improve to 31-13 overall and 12-4 in Big West Conference play. Riverside falls to 23-16, 6-7.
Noe Ramirez worked six innings and faced just two batters over the minimum to earn the win, upping his record to 7-2 and lowering his ERA to a stellar 1.86. He allowed his lone single to Bryan Horst in the second inning. Dylan Floro pitched a scoreless seventh and Nick Ramirez struck out three in a two inning save. It was his 10th of the season.
A two-out, two-run single to left field by Carlos Lopez put losing pitcher Matt Andriese (3-4) behind in the first inning. The first two hitters of the game, Ivory Thomas and Anthony Trajano singled to center and were bunted to second and third by Tyler Pill to set up Lopez's RBI opportunity. The hit also extended Lopez's hitting streak to seven games.
The Highlanders cut the Titan lead in half in the fourth when Noe Ramirez walked the leadoff hitter Ryan Goetz. Goetz then stole second and went to third when Jared Deacon's throw went wide of the bag and into center field. A grounder by Justin Shults scored Goetz to make it, 2-1.
Trajano singled to lead off the fifth for his third straight single in the game. He went to third when Pill chopped a ball through the right side to extend his hitting streak to eight games, and then scored on a Nick Ramirez single to right.
Fullerton added its fourth and final run in the eight, when Anthony Hutting was hit by reliever Kevin Dicky with the bases loaded. Jared Deacon and Ivory Thomas singled for the second time on the night to lead off the frame and then Anthony Trajano laid down a bunt to move them up, but no play was made when Dicky slipped and fell. It was Trajano's fourth hit of the night. Hutting was hit to make it 4-1, and then Michael Lorenzen struck out to end the inning with the bases loaded for the second time on the night.
All 16 of the Titans' hits were singles. They left 16 men on base, 10 of them in scoring position. Fullerton has had 10-or-more hits in 12 of its last 19 games.
Game two of the series is set for 6 p.m. Saturday night at the Riverside Sports Complex.