March 26, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Sophomore righthander Noe Ramirez won his fourth consecutive start with a 5-hit, 14-strikeout 3-0 shutout Friday night for Cal State Fullerton over Hawai'i.
Ramirez (4-1) outpitched the Rainbow Warriors' Josh Slaats (2-1), who came into the game with a 2-0 record and a 0.40 earned run average over 22.2 innings. Fullerton improved to 11-10 while Hawai'i fell to 12-10 in the teams' first meeting since 1982 and the first in Fullerton since a single game in 1979.
Ramirez threw 119 pitches and walked only one in recording his second complete game in a swift 2:18. He had only two tough innings. Kolten Wong and David Freitas singled to lead off the seventh and were sacrificed into scoring position. But Ramirez surpassed his career high with tenth strikeout by fanning Kevin MacDonald and he logged No. 11 at the expense of Jeff Van Doornum.
Wong walked and Freitas singled in the ninth but Collin Bennett popped up and MacDonald looked at a third strike to end the game.
Gary Brown ignited both of Fullerton's scoring innings. He led off the fourth with his fifth triple of the year off the right-center field fence and Carlos Lopez lined a single to right center to score him to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. Tyler Pill hit into a 3-6-3 double play which made Corey Jones' subsequent double harmless when Slatts struck out Billy Marcoe to end the inning.
Slaats wasn't as lucky in the sixth. He began the inning by hitting Brown, who promptly stole his 13th base. Centerfielder Collin Bennett couldn't make a diving catch of Lopez' looping fly ball that went for a double and Brown scored when the throw into the infield got away from second baseman Wong. Slaats came out after Pill grounded to short. Reliever Alex Capaul got Jones on a grounder to second but Marcoe beat out a high chopper to short to score Lopez and make it 3-0.
The teams continue the 3-game weekend series Saturday night at 6 p.m. at Goodwin Field.