March 20, 2010
Seattle, Wash. - Gary Brown went 5-for-6 with four RBI and Christian Colon, Billy Marcoe and Tyler Pill homered as Cal State Fullerton beat up on the University of Washington, 19-6, Saturday afternoon in non-conference college baseball action at Husky Ballpark.
The Titans, who put together a season-best 22-hit attack, improve to 9-9 and win their second game in a row for just the second time this year. Washington, who scored a respectable six runs on 10 hits, dropped to 7-9.
Daniel Renken evened his season record at 2-2 as he picked up the win by going five-plus innings before handing the ball over to Kevin Rath. Renken surrendered two of his five earned runs and two of the six hits in the bottom of the sixth without recording an out. Rath came on and pitched the final four innings of the game to nail down his first career save. Both Renken and Rath struck out three and walked two in their time on the mound.
Washington's Andrew Kittredge was tagged for the loss and dropped to 3-2. The starter gave up 11 runs on 12 hits over his 4.2 innings of work. Brandon Rohde and Colton Bielaski surrendered another eight runs on nine hits over the next 1.2 innings. The fourth Husky hurler, Forrest Snow, gave up just one hit over the final 2.2 innings of the game.
Fullerton jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Washington scored its first run in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of hits and a run-scoring double-play. The Titans seventh run, a Nick Ramirez sacrifice fly to left, wound up being the game winner in the top of the fourth.
Brown, who set a career high with five hits on the afternoon, drove runs home in the first, fifth and two more in the eighth in two separate at bats.
Colon and Marcoe both homered for the second straight game in Seattle. Colon's fourth inning shot to left was his fourth of the series and fifth of the year. Marcoe, whose hometown is just down the road in Bellevue, hit his second career home run, a three run shot in the in the third. Pill hit his second home run of the year to right in the fifth off UW reliever Rohde. The Titans have hit seven home runs in two games with the Huskies.
The Titans were rolling 11-1 when Washington struck for four runs off Renken in the bottom of the sixth. Two scored with Renken still on the mound, the other two scored on a Troy Scott two-run double, Rath's first batter faced.
With an 11-5 lead in the top of the seventh, Fullerton exploded for a season-best eight runs. They sent 14 men to the plate and picked up seven of their 22 hits in the frame, two by outfielder Austin Kingsolver.
Walker Moore (3-run double) and Marcoe each had three RBI on the afternoon. Carlos Lopez, who was a perfect 4-for-4 with three doubles, and Nick Ramirez (sac-fly and an RBI-single) each drove home two in the blowout.
The Titans score 19 runs for the first time since Mar. 9, 2008 against Southern Miss and the most runs in a road game since their 24-0 shutout at Cal State Northridge on April 10, 2005. The Titans' 22-hit effort is their first 20-plus hit game of the year and first since they connected for 24 knocks against Utah in last year's Fullerton Regional.
The series finale between the Titans and Huskies will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday.