March 8, 2009
Hattiesburg, MS - Gary Brown had three hits and five Cal State Fullerton teammates homered Sunday afternoon as the No. 7 Titans completed a series sweep at Southern Mississippi with an 11-3 non-conference victory.
Tyler Pill, Nick Ramirez and Michael Morrison combined on a 6-hitter as the Titans won their eighth game in a row to improve to 9-2. The No. 27-ranked Golden Eagles, who were outscored 37-11 in their home series, fell to 8-4.
Pill scattered six hits over his six innings to pick up his second collegiate victory in as many decisions. Ramirez worked two perfect innings and Morrison pitched a hitless ninth.
Fullerton's offensive onslaught could have been worse. The Eagles turned a school-record four double plays - three in the first three innings - and threw out two would-be base stealers. The Eagles set a second school record by hitting seven Titan batters.
The Titans jumped to an early lead for the third time in the series. Brown led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single by Josh Fellhauer. Khris Davis followed a Ramirez single in the second with his fifth home run of the year to make it 3-0.
The Eagles got on the board after two were out in their half of the second. A double, a walk and Tyler Koellng's 2-run double cut the lead to 3-2. Ramirez made it 5-2 in the fourth with a 2-run homer, his fourth of the year, and Clark hit a two-run bomb in the fifth, his third of the season.
Loser Scott Copeland (1-2) was tagged for 7 runs (5 earned) in 4.1 innings and the Titans didn't let up on reliever Wade Weathers, putting up a 4-spot in the sixth. Garneau hit a solo home run, his second, and Colon belted a 3-run blast, his first of the year.
Fullerton is now 6-0 against USM.
Fulleton continues its unprecedented 11-day road trip with a stop in New Orleans tonight on its way to a Tuesday night game at Texas A&M and then a 4-game tournament weekend in Stillwater, Oklahoma.