May 16, 2009
Westwood, Calif. - Josh Fellhauer hit a sacrifice fly in the tenth inning to score Christian Colon and Nick Ramirez retired the final eight batters Saturday night as Cal State Fullerton beat UCLA, 6-5, in a non-conference game.
The Titans squandered a 5-0 lead but improved to 38-13 while the Bruins fell to 25-26 in losing to the Titans for the second time in two nights and the 34th time in the last 40 meetings. Ramirez, who saved Friday's 6-3 win in Fullerton, improved to 3-1.
Colon led off the tenth with a double to right center off reliever Gavin Brooks. Gary Brown struck out, ending his hitting streak at 17 games, but Colon stole third and came home on Fellhauer's fly ball to left, his third RBI of the night.
Trevor Bauer went the first nine innings for the Bruins, who got a man to third with one out in the eighth inning. But Ramirez came in to get Chris Giovinazzo to pop up and struck out Niko Gallego. Ramirez got two excellent defensive plays from late-inning replacement Shevis Shima at second base. Shima made a diving catch of a flare by Tyler Rahmatulla leading off the ninth and he ended the game was a back-handed stop and off balance throw to first to retire pinch hitter Brett Krill.
Noe Ramirez was sailing along with a 5-0 lead with two outs in the seventh. But a single, a walk and a hit batter loaded the bases. Gino Aielli singled for one run and the Titans went to the bullpen. Michael Morrison's second pitch to Cody Decker was hit over the centerfield fence for a game-tying grand slam home run. It was Decker's 18th roundtripper of the year. Ramirez struck out nine and walked three.
Fullerton built its lead primarily with the long ball. Dustin Garneau hit his fourth home run in the second inning with Khris Davis aboard via a walk. Fellhauer hit his fifth to lead off the third inning and his ground ball in the fifth scored Colon, who had doubled and moved up on a sacrifice. Jared Clark followed Fellhauer's grounder with a solo home run, his tenth.
The teams play the final game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. Tyler Pill starts for the Titans.