May 19, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Joe Scott had two hits and drove in three runs and six Titan pitchers combined on a 5-hitter Tuesday night as No.4-ranked Cal State Fullerton cruised to a 9-1 non-conference victory over Pepperdine.
The Titans (39-14) erupted for 7 runs in the first inning and the Waves (31-23) managed only three baserunners - none past first base -- in the first eight innings in losing their season finale. Starter Aaron Gates (3-3) gave up 8 runs (7 earned) on 5 hits, 5 walks and a hit batter in two innings.
In the first, Christian Colon walked and went to third on a single to center by Gary Brown. After Josh Fellhauer struck out, Brown was picked off and thrown out going to second but Colon came home on the fielder's choice for a 1-0 lead. Gates then walked the bases loaded before hitting Shevis Shima to make it a 2-0 game. Scott then sent a liner that landed just inside the right-field line for a 3-run triple.
Joey Siddons singled home Scott, stole second and scored the final run of the inning on a single by Colon. Fellhauer struck out for the second time to end a 40-minute first inning.
The Titans got their eighth run without a hit in the second. Khris Davis walked, went to third on Gates' throwing error and then beat centerfielder Brian Humphries' throw home after catching Dustin Garneau's sacrifice fly. Tony Harkey singled home Colon in the eighth to complete Fullerton's scoring. Pepperdine got its run on three hits in the ninth inning off closer Nick Ramirez after managing only two singles off Pill (1 hit), Brock Floro, Kyle Mertins, Colin O'Connell and Ryan Ackland (1 hit). Brian Humphries led off with a triple and scored on a single by Ryan Van Amburg. The Waves went on to load the bases but Ramirez got Denny Duron to hit into a game-ending double play.