Offense Powers Titans to Win in Regional Opener
May 29, 2009
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior Jared Clark finished with four hits and three runs driven in and the Titans' offense set a season high with 24 hits on the night as No. 2-national seeded Fullerton cruised to a 18-2 victory over Utah on Friday night in the second game of the 2009 NCAA Baseball Regionals at Goodwin Field in front of 2,441 fans.
Seven Titans finished with multiple hits on the night as Fullerton improved to 43-14 overall on the season and will meet third-seeded Gonzaga in a winner's bracket game on Saturday night at 6 p.m. The Utes (26-30) fell into the losers bracket and will meet second-seeded Georgia Southern in an elimination game at 2 p.m.
Freshman right-hander Noe Ramirez (8-1) pitched seven innings to earn the victory, allowing just two runs on seven hits and striking out eight. Jordan Whatcott (5-3) suffered the loss for Utah, slammed for eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits in just 2 2/3 innings of work - the first of three Utes pitchers on the evening.
Fullerton's run total also tied a season-best, matching the 18 runs scored in an 18-1 victory over UC Riverside on March 29. Friday night's contest marked the 36th time in 57 games that the Titans have reached double digits in hits and the 14th time they have scored 10-or-more runs.
The Titans scored in every inning but the fifth, including multiple runs in five of the eight frames. Gary Brown, Khris Davis, Jeff Newman, Joey Siddons, and Josh Fellhauer each added three hits while Newman led all players with four runs on the night.
Davis' RBI single in the first got Fullerton on the board and was followed by a four-run second as two runners came home on an error and Clark added a two-run double to give the Titans the 5-0 advantage. The runs kept coming in the third on an RBI single by Colon and RBI doubles by Brown and Clark for the 8-0 advantage.
An error on a deep fly ball to centerfield tacked on another run for the Titans in the fourth before Utah finally broke through against Ramirez in its half of the fifth as Tyler Yagi reached on a two-out infield single and scored on Nick Kuroczko's sixth home run of the season to make it a 9-2 ballgame.
Fullerton got the runs back in the sixth on a double by Siddons and a sacrifice fly by Colon and added four more in the seventh on four straight hits from the bottom four in the batting order. Davis capped the scoring for the Titans in the eight, slamming his 13th home run of the season over the wall in right centerfield for the final 18-2 tally.
Austin Jones and Rick Cornu each finished with two hits to lead Utah's offense.