Titans Complete Sweep in Riverside, 3-2

May 8, 2011

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Riverside, Calif. - Tyler Pill's infield single with two on and the infield up in the seventh inning drove home the go-ahead run as No. 10 Cal State Fullerton completed its first-ever road sweep of UC Riverside by a score of 3-2, Sunday afternoon in Big West Conference action.

Colin O'Connell (6-3) earned the win in relief of Dylan Floro by tossing three perfect innings and Nick Ramirez earned his third save of the weekend despite giving up a run in the ninth. The Titans improve to 33-13 overall and will hold on to at least a 2.5-game lead in the conference standing. Fullerton is now 14-4 in Big West play.

Riverside drops to 23-18, 6-9 with the loss. Starter Trevor Frank (2-3) was hit with the loss despite giving up just two runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings.

Greg Velazquez, one of Saturday night's heroes, drove home the game's first run with a double to left, scoring Michael Lorenzen who had singled and stole second. That lead would not last long as the Highlanders countered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning.

Floro, who worked with a runner or runners in scoring position in four of his five innings of work, allowed three singles in the fourth, with Justin Shults' grounder up the middle, tying the game at 1-1. Floro helped himself out a batter earlier when Ryan Goetz squibbed on out in front of the Titan pitcher, and he threw to the plate to cut down a potential run. It was the second runner thrown out at the plate for Fullerton. Lorenzen cut down a run in the first from centerfield.

Ivory Thomas led off the seventh inning with a double inside the third base bag and then stole third with Richy Pedroza, aboard on a walk. Riverside moved their infield up on the cut of the grass and Pill sent a sharp grounder up the middle that shortstop Trevor Hairgrove knocked down on a diving play to score Thomas. The Titans were unsuccessful with a second double-steal attempt and Ramirez fanned to end the inning.

Fullerton tacked on a needed insurance run in the eighth when Keegan Dale laid down an RBI bunt single that kissed the third base chalk. The hit brought home pinch runner Austin Kingsolver who had moved to third on a passed ball after running for Carlos Lopez following his double. The Titans led 3-1.

With Ramirez on in the ninth, Riverside rallied for a run. Hairgrove singled, stole second and scored on Shults' second hit of the day, a double over Kingsolver's head in center.

Floro gave up one run on 10 hits over five innings in his spot start on Sunday. O'Connell struck out three without a walk. Ramirez gave up his first run (and just the second of the season) since Feb. 26 at TCU. That span covered nearly 17 innings over work for the Titan closer.

Thomas, Lopez, Lorenzen and Jared Deacon each had two hits for Fullerton. Hairgrove, Goetz Shults and David Andriese had two hits for Riverside.

Fullerton will remain on the road through Tuesday. The Titans will take on the Pepperdine Waves in Malibu on Tuesday at 3 p.m., before returning home to face Long Beach State in the final regular season home games at Goodwin Field Friday through Sunday. Colin O'Connell (6-3) earned the win in relief of Dylan Floro by tossing three perfect innings and Nick Ramirez earned his third save of the weekend despite giving up a run in the ninth. The Titans improve to 33-13 overall and will hold on to at least a 2.5-game lead in the conference standing. Fullerton is now 14-4 in Big West play.

Riverside drops to 23-18, 6-9 with the loss. Starter Trevor Frank (2-3) was hit with the loss despite giving up just two runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings.

Greg Velazquez, one of Saturday night's heroes, drove home the game's first run with a double to left, scoring Michael Lorenzen who had singled and stole second. That lead would not last long as the Highlanders countered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning.

Floro, who worked with a runner or runners in scoring position in four of his five innings of work, allowed three singles in the fourth, with Justin Shults' grounder up the middle, tying the game at 1-1. Floro helped himself out a batter earlier when Ryan Goetz squibbed on out in front of the Titan pitcher, and he threw to the plate to cut down a potential run. It was the second runner thrown out at the plate for Fullerton. Lorenzen cut down a run in the first from centerfield.

Ivory Thomas led off the seventh inning with a double inside the third base bag and then stole third with Richy Pedroza, aboard on a walk. Riverside moved their infield up on the cut of the grass and Pill sent a sharp grounder up the middle that shortstop Trevor Hairgrove knocked down on a diving play to score Thomas. The Titans were unsuccessful with a second double-steal attempt and Ramirez fanned to end the inning.

Fullerton tacked on a needed insurance run in the eighth when Keegan Dale laid down an RBI bunt single that kissed the third base chalk. The hit brought home pinch runner Austin Kingsolver who had moved to third on a passed ball after running for Carlos Lopez following his double. The Titans led 3-1.

With Ramirez on in the ninth, Riverside rallied for a run. Hairgrove singled, stole second and scored on Shults' second hit of the day, a double over Kingsolver's head in center.

Floro gave up one run on 10 hits over five innings in his spot start on Sunday. O'Connell struck out three without a walk. Ramirez gave up his first run (and just the second of the season) since Feb. 26 at TCU. That span covered nearly 17 innings over work for the Titan closer.

Thomas, Lopez, Lorenzen and Jared Deacon each had two hits for Fullerton. Hairgrove, Goetz Shults and David Andriese had two hits for Riverside.

Fullerton will remain on the road through Tuesday. The Titans will take on the Pepperdine Waves in Malibu on Tuesday at 3 p.m., before returning home to face Long Beach State in the final regular season home games at Goodwin Field Friday through Sunday.