Bats Come Alive as Titans Beat 49ers, 8-1

Feb. 21, 2010

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Fullerton, Calif. - Gary Brown had three hits and Christian Colon homered as Cal State Fullerton's slumbering offense awoke Sunday afternoon for an 8-1 non-conference victory over Long Beach State.

The Titans picked up their first win in three games while the 49ers fell to 1-2.

Sophomore righthander Tyler Pill (1-0) allowed only an unearned run and 5 hits in 7 innings while walking one and striking out six to get the victory. Branden Pinder gave up 5 runs (4 earned) in 6 innings and took the loss before 2,027.

Colon broke up a scoreless tie in the fourth with the Titans' first home run of the season, over the left-field fence. But his one-out throwing error in the top of the fifth allowed Long Beach to tie the game. Jonathan Jones reached safely, went to third on a hit-and-run single by Steve Tinoco and scored on Derek Legg's long fly ball to right.

Fullerton quickly regained the lead for good. Zach Tanida led off the bottom of the fifth with a double to right-center. He was bunted to third and scored on Brown's double down the left-field line. Richie Pedroza grounded out, Colon was walked and Nick Ramirez lined an RBI single to left center.

Carlos Lopez tripled down the right field line to open the Fullerton sixth and promptly came home on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Hutting. The Titans added an unearned run when Tanida was safe on second baseman Legg's error, was sacrificed to second and scored on Brown's single up the middle.

Colon's infield single triggered a 3-run Fullerton seventh against reliever Josh Corrales. He came home on a double to right by Ramirez, who scored on Corey Jones' single to center. After a ground out, Hutting doubled off the glove of second baseman Legg to score Jones and chase Corrales.

Assistant Coach Greg Bergeron ran the Fullerton team as Head Coach Dave Serrano served the first of a 3-game suspension for bumping umpire Larry Randall during Saturday night's game against Pepperdine.

Pill struggled only in the sixth. Brendan Metzger led off with a double and Devin Lohman drew a one-walk out but Joey Terdoslavich grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.

Fullerton hosts TCU inn a 3-game series next weekend.

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