May 10, 2009
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - No. 12 Cal Poly salvaged the weekend series with No. 6 Cal State Fullerton behind 3-for-4 days by Wes Dorrell and Kyle Smith and an eight-inning pitching performance by Mason Radeke as the Mustangs beat the Titans, 7-4, Sunday afternoon at Baggett Stadium.
Radeke (5-1) scattered four Titan runs on nine hits while striking out five as Cal Poly avoided losing its fourth in a row for the first time in 2009. The Mustangs improve to 33-15 overall and 11-7 in Big West Conference action.
Tyler Pill (8-2) was unable to tie the Cal State Fullerton freshman mark for wins in a season as he allowed six of the seven Mustang runs over his 6.2 innings of work. The freshman struck out three and walked one before handing the ball to Kyle Witten and Michael Morrison in relief.
The Titans first loss of the week snaps their seven-game winning streak and drops them to 36-13, 14-7.
Both teams got on the board in the first with the Titans striking for a run in the top half of the inning. Christian Colon led off the game with a leg-double on a flare to right center and scored on back-to-back groundouts to second by Gary Brown and Josh Fellhauer. Cal Poly followed suit with a leadoff single by by Adam Melker who stole second, moved to third on a Ryan Lee fly ball, then scored on a passed ball charged to Titan catcher Billy Marcoe.
Cal Poly nearly broke the tie in the third as Dorrell hit a ball high off the right field wall that bounced back toward the infield between right fielder Khris Davis and second baseman Joe Scott. Dorrell wheeled around and tried for the inside-the-park home run, but Davis got to the ball and relayed it into Jared Clark. Clark turned and threw high to the catcher Marcoe, but the backstop leaped to make the catch then came down with a tag in time to cut down the run and preserve the tie.
The score remained 1-1 until the bottom of the fourth. The Mustangs strung together three consecutive hits off Pill with the third being a two-run double by Smith that rolled to the wall to bring home Luke Yoder and D.J. Gentile. Smith then moved to third on a Pill wild pitch and scored as pinch-hitter Bobby Crocker grounded to short to give Cal Poly a 4-1 lead.
The Titans inched back in the top of the fifth on a two-out triple by Colon and an RBI- single by Brown to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, but Cal Poly answered in its half of the inning on Dorrell's fourth home run of the year to make it 5-2 Mustangs. Dorrell missed hitting for the cycle by just a single.
A pair of doubles by Jared Clark and Nick Ramirez got the Titans back within two runs in the sixth. Clark's double was a pop up to third that dropped untouched, and Ramirez's bounced his off the left-center field wall.
Again Cal Poly refused to let the Titans back in as they scored twice with two out run in the seventh. Pill's last batter Adam Buschini was hit by a pitch and promptly stole second with the new pitcher Witten on the mound. Dorrell followed with an RBI-double to boost the Mustang lead to 6-3. Witten walked Yoder and his day was done as Michael Morrison came on and hit Gentile on the elbow with a 1-2 pitch to load the bases. Smith hit a grounder to an indecisive Joey Siddons at third, and wound up beating out the throw to first for an infield single and an RBI.
Ramirez added a two-out solo home run in the eighth, but that was all for the Titans. Messingham came on to record his fourth save of the year, surrendering just a two-out single to Colon in the ninth.
Siddons had two hits and Ramirez finished 2-for-4 on the with two RBI. Colon collected three hits and scored twice in the loss.
The Titans will not have a midweek game, returning to the field Friday night at home versus UCLA. The series will then shift to the Bruins' Jackie Robinson Stadium for Saturday and Sunday's games. The Titans will again send out Daniel Renken, Noe Ramirez and Tyler Pill, Friday through Sunday, respectively.