March 4, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. - Noe Ramirez and David Hurlbut combined on a 1-hitter and Anthony Trajano drove in four runs Friday night as Cal State Fullerton cruised to its fourth consecutive win with a 10-1 non-conference victory over USC.
Fullerton improved to 6-3 while the Trojans lost their fifth in a row to fall to 3-6.
Ramirez (2-1) went 8 innings and allowed only one hit, a line-drive RBI single to left field with two out in the fifth by shortstop James Roberts. It scored Brandon Garcia, who had reached when the Titans couldn't turn an inning-ending double play and moved up on a wild pitch. Ramirez struck out eight, walked two and hit one batter.
The last 1-hitter by the Titans came four years ago to the day, a complete game by Sean Urena vs. Rice.
Fullerton enjoyed its best offensive game of the year with its most runs and second most hits. Carlos Lopez had 3 of the hits and drove in a pair.
Trojans Ricky Oropesa and Joe DePinto saw season-long 8-game hitting streaks ended.
Trajano opened the scoring with a 2-out, 2-run single in the third scoring Jared Deacon and Austin Kingsolver. Nick Ramirez followed with a single and he followed Trajano home when Lopez singled and the ball got past left fielder Matt Hart for an error that made it 4-0.
Lopez singled home a fifth run with two outs in the fifth after an intentional walk to Nick Ramirez.
The Titans added two unearned runs in the sixth and chased loser Andrew Triggs (0-1). Joe Terry singled, stole second and moved to third when Roberts booted Deacon's one-out ground ball. Ryan Cabral relieved Triggs and on his first pitch Kingsolver laid down a safety squeeze bunt that scored Terry ahead of a late throw to the plate and moved Deacon to second. Deacon moved up on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.
Fullerton erupted for 3 runs in the eighth off the third USC pitcher, Brett Williams. Anthony Hutting singled and came around on two wild pitches and a fielder's choice grounder by Kingsolver. Richy Pedroza singled to left and took second on an error. He and Kingsolver scored on Trajano's second 2-run single, this one past first baseman Mike Greco.
The 3-game series continues Saturday night at 6 p.m. at Goodwin Field and concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. at USC's Dedeaux Field.