March 21, 2010
Seattle, Wash. - Joey Siddons had three hits, and Kyle Mertins and Nick Ramirez combined to shutout Washington, 6-0, as Cal State Fullerton completed the non-conference series sweep of the Huskies Sunday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.
The Titans, who got RBIs from six different hitters on Sunday, jumped above the .500 mark for the first time this season at 10-9. Washington falls to 7-10.
Mertins, who was making just his second career start, struck out seven without a walk and worked into the ninth before giving way to Ramirez. The Titan starter gave up just six hits and didn't allow a Husky to reach third base on his watch. The right-hander improved to 2-1.
Jeff Brown (0-1) suffered the loss after giving up five runs (only one earned) on nine hits over 5.1 innings.
The Titans scored all of their runs off Jeff Brown in a 5-run third inning that saw 11 men come to the plate. Siddons started things off with the first of two hits in the inning, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Kingsolver, who reached safely when the Husky pitcher couldn't field the ball cleanly.
Colon singled home Siddons and centerfielder Gary Brown, then laid down a drag bunt for a single to load the bases for Carlos Lopez who picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly to left. Ramirez walked to re-load the bases and then Corey Jones grounded out to first for the second out of the inning, scoring Colon to give the Titans a 3-0 lead.
Hot-hitting Billy Marcoe was intentionally walked to reload the bases, providing an opportunity for Tyler Pill. Pill drove in the fourth Titan run with an infield single to second base and was followed by a Siddons `RBI-infield single to short.
The Huskies had runners at first and second three times on the afternoon against Mertins but couldn't convert. Washington got its first runner to third in the ninth off Ramirez, but the lefty got a strikeout and a comebacker to end the game.
In all, the Titans had four players (Colon, Brown, Lopez and Siddons) with multi-hit games, which accounted for nine of the team's 12 hits on the day. Lopez (13 games), Pill (seven games) and Marcoe (5 games) all extended their respective hitting streaks on Sunday.
Washington's Kaleb Brown and Sean Meehan had two hits apiece.
The next action for Cal State Fullerton will be a 3 p.m. game at Loyola Marymount in Westchester, Calif., on Tuesday afternoon. The Titans will return home on Mar. 26, for a three-game series with visiting Hawaii.