March 21, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Freshman Tyler Pill pitched eight strong innings and Khris Davis had three hits Saturday afternoon as No. 4-ranked Cal State Fullerton completed a 3-game non-conference sweep of Oral Roberts with a 7-1 victory.
The Golden Eagles contributed to their demise with five errors, two passed balls and a wild pitch leading to four unearned runs and fell to 7-5. The Titans were errorless and won their fourth in a row to improve to 16-3.
Pill (4-0) scattered 7 hits and walked only one while striking out a career-high 10 in his longest collegiate performance. Michael Morrison retired the side in the ninth.
The Titans broke a 1-1 tie with two unearned runs in the fifth inning. Jeff Newman walked and stole second. With one out, Christian Colon struck out but the ball got away from catcher Seth Furmanek for a passed ball. In his attempt to throw out Colon at first, Furmanek's throw went down the line, allowing Newman to score and Colon to go to second. Colon scored on a two-out single by Nick Ramirez off loser Andre Lamontagne (0-1), a transfer from Long Beach State.
The Titans added two more runs in the sixth. Billy Marcoe singled and Joe Scott was hit by a pitch. Newman sacrificed to set up a bloop single by Gary Brown over the drawn-in infield to score pinch-runner Joey Siddons. Scott was thrown out at home on a grounder to third by Colon but Brown came home on a wild pitch.
A two-out single by Newman plated Dustin Garneau in the seventh and Davis' second double of the day and fourth of the series scored Colon with two out in the eighth off reliever T. J. Kelly.
Oral Roberts sent more than four men to the plate in only the second inning. Michael Notaro's two-out single scored P. J. Sequeira, who had doubled with one out. Pill got outs on the basepaths in the fourth and fifth and logged a strikeout for the final out of each of his first seven innings.
Fullerton's first run was unearned. Brown led off the first with a single, went to second as second baseman Colby Price booted Colon's grounder, went to third on a passed ball and scored when Jared Clark grounded out to short.
Fullerton pitchers struck out 37 Golden Eagles hitters in the series.
Colon returned to the dugout only once after 15 plate appearances in the series, reaching on 8 hits, a walk, a hit by pitch, two fielder's choices, an error and the passed ball on a strikeout. His infield single in the eighth Saturday extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
Fullerton opens Big West Conference play next weekend at UC Riverside.