Titans Earn Series Win; Edge Long Beach, 4-3
Feb. 21, 2011
Long Beach, Calif. - Walker Moore's pinch-hit RBI double broke a 1-1 tie and helped lift Cal State Fullerton to a 4-3 non-conference win over Long Beach State Monday night in a make-up of Friday night's rainout at Blair Field.
The win evened the Titans' record at 2-2 and gave the Titans a series win over the 49ers who fall to 1-2. It also gave Titan Head Coach Dave Serrano his 250th career victory.
Fullerton's Colin O'Connell (1-0) bested Long Beach's Brandon Pinder (0-1) by tossing 7.0 innings of five-hit ball, and allowing just one 49er run in the sixth inning. The lanky right-hander also struck out six without a walk in his first start of the year.
Despite giving up a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth, Chris Devenski logged his first Div. I save, fanning three.
Two of Long Beach's four errors on the night led to the Titans' first run. Richy Pedroza led off the game reaching safely as third baseman Matt Duffy was unable to handle his grounder. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and then to third on Nick Ramirez's single to right. On the play, right fielder Juan Avila's throw went wild, by the cut off and to the back stop allowing Pedroza to score the game's first run.
The Titans' 1-0 lead held until the sixth when Long Beach loaded the bases off O'Connell with a pair of hits and a hit batter. Mike Marjama got the 49ers even by lifting a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Avila from third.
The Titans took the lead for good in the seventh, scoring two times and knocking Pinder from the game. The 49er righty had held the Titans to just three hits going into the seventh, but after he hit Matt Orloff to open the frame, Long Beach went to its bullpen and brought in Ryan Strufing.
The Titans countered with Moore as a pinch-hitter and he promptly laced a double down the left field line in spacious Blair Field, scoring Orloff from first. A sacrifice bunt later set up and RBI situation for pinch-hitter Michael Lorenzen, who picked up his first career hit and RBI to give the Titans a 3-1 lead.
Pinder finished the night with 6.0 innings under his belt, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out four.
Strufing gave up a bloop single to Moore in the top of the ninth, and then three wild pitches (1 by Austin Boyle and 2 by Troy Watson) brought him all the way around to score the Titans' final run of the night.
The extra run proved invaluable as the 49ers touched Devenski for a couple of runs in the bottom of the ninth. Marjama single up the middle to lead off the inning and then advanced to second on defensive indifference. Pinch-hitter Jake Stassi doubled home Marjama to cut the Titan lead to 4-2. A groundout later, Kirk Singer lais down a bunt that scored Stassi from third.Jeff Yamaguchi singled with two out to keep the 49ers alive and bring the winning run to the plate.
Devenski logged his third strikeout of the night with a fastball by pinch-hitter Brennan Fulkerson to seal the victory for the Titans.
The Titans, coming off an 18-hit attack on Sunday, had just six hits on Monday. Moore, a late-inning replacement, led the ballclub with two hits. Marjama and Ino Patron had two each for Long Beach.
The Titans will head to Fort Worth this weekend to take on nationally-ranked TCU in a three-game series. Scheduled to pitch are right-handed pitchers Noe Ramirez (1-0), Tyler Pill (0-0) and Colin O'Connell (1-0, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.