May 9, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton completed a Big West Conference series sweep of UC Riverside with 9-1 and 6-0 wins on Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Field. The Titans improved to 30-14 on the year and picked up their eighth consecutive series win, and their fourth via sweep.
Riverside fell to 23-18 overall and 7-8 in Big West play. The Highlanders, who came into the weekend as the league's third-best team, fell into a tie for fourth place with Long Beach State, 6 1/2 games behind after dropping all three games.
Fullerton improved to 15-3 in conference and increased their lead to 3 1/2 games over second place UC Irvine, which dropped its Saturday's game to Cal Poly.
The game got underway as planned on Saturday night at 6 p.m. after the Titan baseball program honored their 1995 national champions who were celebrating their 15th anniversary.
Renken allowed just one run on the night, an RBI-single to right by Justin Shults in the third, driving home Michael Hur from second. Hur reached on a bloop single, and went to second on a walk to Robert Brantly.
Renken allowed just five hits over five innings of work and struck out four.
Later in the third, an electrical malfunction knocked out power to the entire Cal State Fullerton campus. The game continued until daylight ran out after a Titan four-run fifth inning.
Gary Brown had an RBI-single, Nick Ramirez doubled home a pair of runs with a double to left, and Billy Marcoe joined the action with a run-scoring single, ending Emmons night. Mike Wolford came on in relief and got the final out of the inning, and what would be the final out of the night.
Emmons finished by giving up eight eons (six earned) on 10 Fullerton hits over 4 2/3 innings of work.
Both teams sat on a dark field until just after 9 p.m. waiting for the power failure to be fixed, but decided to suspend the game until Saturday.
With the resumption of the game in the top of the sixth on Sunday, Fullerton scored another run, extending their lead to 8-1, but the story was four solid innings of relief by the sophomore O'Connell. The righty stuck out three and faced just one over the minimum. Bryan Horst was the only Highlander to reach successfully against O'Connell, reaching first on a Colon fielding error at short.
In the regularly scheduled Sunday game, it was Dylan Floro who took top billing, tossing a complete-game shutout in just his second career start. The right-hander worked efficiently allowing just 6 hits while throwing just over 100 pitches.
Floro walked two and struck out two and didn't allow a runner past second, improving to a perfect 4-0 on the year.
Matt Larkins (5-3) took the loss giving up 6 runs on 11 hits over 6 1/3.
Again the Titans worked quickly in the first, giving Floro a 2-0 lead. Colon led off the first with a single and came around to score on Carlos Lopez' sixth home run of the year.
Though the Titans threatened in the second third and fourth, they wouldn't push another run across until the fifth. Again, it was Lopez, who finished the day a perfect 4-for-4, doubling home Brown (aboard on an HBP).
The Titans tacked on a run in the sixth with a Ramirez double and a Jones RBI single to right.
Brown's second home run of the weekend and sixth of the year, capped the Titan's scoring a six runs and ended the day for Larkins. Eddie Orozco and Mitch Patito pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for UC Riverside.
The Titans will play a midweek game at Pepperdine on Wednesday (3 p.m.) and then travel to Long Beach State next weekend for the final three regular-season road games of 2010. The Titans will start O'Connell (0-0, 3.44 ERA) on Tuesday, and right-handers Noe Ramirez (6-1, 3.36 ERA), Daniel Renken (8-2, 4.48 ERA), and Dylan Floro (4-0, 2.81 ERA) over the weekend against the 49ers.