March 19, 2010
Seattle, Wash. - Titan shortstop Christian Colon's third home run of the night proved to drive home the game-winning runs as Cal State Fullerton won the first game of a non-conference weekend series over the University of Washington, 9-7, Friday night at Husky Ballpark.
It was Fullerton's third win in three games against Washington (the other two came in 1987) and it improved the Titans' overall 2010 record to 8-9. Washington dropped below .500 to 7-8.
Colon's three home run performance was the first by a Titan since Mar. 1 of last year when Khris Davis belted a trio of long balls against Stanford. Colon's third home run drove home two in the top of the eighth to extend their lead to 9-5 with an inning to play. The Huskies would go on to score two times in the bottom of the ninth making the long ball crucial.
Noe Ramirez endured five Washington runs on eight hits to earn the victory. He improved to 3-1 on the year and struck out seven in the process. Nick Ramirez notched his third save of the season by getting the final two outs in the ninth. All three of Nick's saves have come behind Noe (no relation) starts.
Jacob Clem (0-2) faced just two batters and gave up a run on two hits and absorb the loss.
The Titan leadoff hitter, Colon, wasted no time getting his first homer of the night, leading off the game with a solo shot off of UW starter Adrian Gomez to give Fullerton a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies bounced right back in the bottom of the second to tie and then take the lead. Pierce Rankin singled to lead off the Husky second, moved up on Noe Ramirez's wild pitch and scored on a hit off the bat of Aaron Russell that hugged the left field line. After that, Washington continued to roll. Two fielder's choices and a hit batter later, the bases were loaded for Bradley Boyer, who promptly banged home two runs with a single between Corey Jones and Colon on the left side to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead.
Doug Cherry's RBI double in the bottom of the third extended the Husky lead to 4-1. The damage might have continued, but on the double, left fielder Joey Siddons relayed the ball to Colon who threw out Jacob Lamb (aboard on a single) trying to motor to third to end the inning.
Titan catcher Billy Marcoe, playing just 15 minutes across Lake Washington from his hometown of Bellevue, Wash., homered with two out in the top of the fourth to cut the Husky lead to 4-2. The round-tripper to left was the first career home run for the senior.
Colon's second homer of the night, a two-out solo job in the fifth, got the Titans to within on run at 4-3, and also knocked Gomez from the ball game. Fullerton continued against Washington relievers Clem and Ben Guidos. Gary Brown and Carlos Lopez had back-to-back singles off Clem, and both scored on Nick Ramirez's single off Guidos. Nick Ramirez single to right was booted by Rankin and allowed the tying and go-ahead runs to score.
Colon singled home his third run of the night in the sixth and figured in the scoring of the Titans' seventh run. As colon stole second, catcher Miles Kizer's throw got away and allowed Joey Siddons (aboard on a fielder's choice) to score from third to give Fullerton the 7-5 advantage.
The fourth Titan home run of the night, came off the bat of Colon in the eighth off of reliever Forrest Snow. The home run scored Matt Orloff, who singled, giving Colon his fourth and fifth RBI of the night, to tie his career high. It was Colon's fourth home run of the year.
Washington scored three times in the final two innings to keep things interesting. Noe Ramirez served up Lamb's second home run of the year, and Dylan Floro allowed two runs on two hits in his .1 inning of work. Nick Ramirez gave up an RBI double, but fanned two Huskies to finish the game.
Both Colon and Brown had four-hit nights, going a combined 8-for-10 with four runs scored, two stolen bases and five RBI. Lopez, Nick Ramirez and Marcoe each had two hits apiece in the Titan 16-hit attack. Lopez extends his hitting streak to 11 games.
Lamb's three hits and Boyer's two RBI paced the Huskies.
Game two of the series is Saturday afternoon with Daniel Renken scheduled to throw for the Titans.
NOTES: Colon homered to right, left and center fields on Friday night... It was Colon's first multi-home run game of his career... The Cal State Fullerton record for home runs in a game is four, hit by Sam Favata against LaVerne on April 23, 1980. The last multiple home run game came on May 31, 2009 in the Fullerton Regional against Utah - Khris Davis was the Titan slugger that day.